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September 15, 2013

ONE MORE DANCE by Valentine Cardinale

 Can he find new love and his son's assailant?
by Valentine Cardinale

One More Dance

Outskirts Press (July 9, 2013)

OVERVIEW (from Amazon)
 Just published, One More Dance is a powerful tale about two people looking for love, a family in crisis, and the search for a mysterious assailant. After Julian Case, a Manhattan realtor and widower, meets Alegra Rossini, a university professor and single mom, at a wedding in Italy, he's confident he's found new love. On the plane back to the States he's already making plans to see her again. But when he enters his home in New Jersey, he discovers his son has been savagely attacked and left for dead. Fearing that whoever beat the young man into a coma will try to finish the job, Julian puts his life on hold to assist in the investigation to find the assailant. And so the mystery begins, taking the first of many telling twists and turns. Who did it? Is there a likely suspect? Will the attacker strike again? Can a father unlock the secret connection and find his son's attacker before it's too late? Will Julian lose his chance at new love as he throws himself into the chase? In Italy, Alegra, who feels as strongly about Julian as he feels about her, can only continue teaching, caring for her eight-year-old daughter, and hoping. Will she let real love slip away from her? Can she wait as Julian deals with a family crisis that may take months, or years, to resolve while she struggles to get on with her life? The quest to find new love after the death of a spouse is understandable and a universal concern. But when it conflicts with a grave family matter, does it have to take a back seat? Should Julian be denied the chance for one more dance in his life?

When I saw this book I thought it was going to be such a romance and a revival of love. As I started to read the book I lost my interest rather quick.  The author seemed to have spent few words in his descriptions.  They were too quick.  Like someone just wanting to get things done as fast as possible. The book was a quick read and I think if more thought went into the writing of it, it would have been a really good read.  A few more descriptive words and a little less appearance of getting it done fast. It seemed to be edited well. I didn't notice any spelling errors .I was getting frustrated with the book since I couldn't seem to relate to any of the characters.  They didn't seem real to me. I personally like when I can see that person or when I feel like I know him.  I feel that any book written requires some amount of research.  I don't feel like there was a lot of that in this book.  A little more detail would have gone a long way. When I read about romance, I want to feel for the couple.  I want all to go well for them. I just wasn't feeling it.  The romance really didn't seem like much. This is just my own opinion.  I would suggest that you get a copy of the book and read for yourself.  You may see it differently.

I would give this book 2 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of ONE MORE DANCE from the author, Valentine Cardinale for my honest review.

Valentine Cardinale, a graduate of Iona College and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, enjoyed a successful career as the editor of leading magazines in the advertising and pharmacy fields before writing fiction. One More Dance is his third novel, following The West Side Kid (2009) and The Terranovas: A War Family (2005). Val lives in New Jersey.

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