Book Review

Book Review: The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

“Still, she would not have married a man she knew full well did not love her, had there seemed any possible hope of a future with one who did. A man she had loved with every fragment of her broken heart.”
The Dancing Master Cover

GenreFiction, Romance, Historical
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date:
January 7, 2014
Number of pages:

From the publisher:

“Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch’s daughter. Though he’s initially wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul–and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master–a man her mother would never approve of–but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village…and to her mother’s tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England.”

My Review:

When picturing a ball in the Regency era, so often we imagine girls in flowing ball gowns, men in top hats and cravats, horse-drawn carriages, and stately homes with glass chandeliers and marble floors. Yet, little is thought about the ones who teach the etiquette involved in attending these elegant events: the dancing masters. Julie Klassen’s novel, The Dancing Master, focuses on just that.

Julie Klassen has outdone herself! This is by far one of my favorite books I have ever read! I was trying to read it as slowly as possible because I did not want it to be over, but unfortunately it had to end. I loved the variation and depth of her characters and how each of them has a mysterious past with secrets that end up affecting them. I also enjoyed how every few chapters there was a plot twist, which makes it impossible to put down the book to the extent where you actually may finish reading it in one sitting. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will love this book. You may even catch a few quotes from Jane Austen’s books!

Here’s another awesome hint for Austen fans, take a look at the back cover:


Does that house look familiar?

If you didn’t already figure it out, that is Darcy’s house, Pemberley, in the 1995 A&E version of Pride and Prejudice!

How cool is that?!

Being hardcore Jane Austen fans, Julie and I were fangirling hard after I pointed that very thing out to her, and now you can fangirl with us!!!


Now that the fangirling is over, you should go find this book and read it!!

You won’t regret it!


This novel is extremely clean without any swearing or bad language. On top of some kissing and brief romantic content, there is a little violence and a father who causes scandal through having an affair with a woman. Other than that, there isn’t much to be concerned about as far as inappropriate material goes.

I would recommend this to everyone who likes Jane Austen, historical fiction,  and an enrapturing story,.

I give this book 4/5 stars for in-depth historical research, creativity, an amazing storyline, and well-chosen Jane Austen quotes (wink).

Book Trailer:
Find The Dancing Master on:



Barnes and Noble

Baker Publishing Group

Other Books by Julie Klassen:

Lady of Milkweed Manor

The Apothecary’s Daughter

The Silent Governess

The Girl in the Gatehouse

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

The Tutor’s Daugher

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Lady Maybe (Coming July 2015)

The Painter’s Daughter (Coming December 2015)

Connect with Julie Klassen:

Julie’s Website

Julie’s Facebook Page

Julie’s Goodreads

*Reviewer’s personal copy. All opinions are my own. *

*The Dancing Master cover borrowed from Bethany House Publisher’s website:*


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