It should not be so difficult to write a review of a book one enjoyed as much as I loved A Midnight Dance yet I find it difficult to put into words. As expected, the story itself was beautifully written with evocative prose that pulls the reader into the sights and sounds of the backstage of a ballet theater. Characters were well developed yet at times mysterious which only added to the allure of the tale.

And what a tale it was! Aspiring ballerina Ella Blythe is determined to prove herself to her unknown benefactor by reaching the same level as her once famous mother yet her attempts at perfection have overshadowed her true talent. Two different men also inhabit her world – one she has dreamed of for years after a brief encounter and the other, the ever-present Jack who seems to taunt her yet somehow seems to be trying to help her achieve her goals.

As Ella’s history unfolds and with the help of Jack she discovers more about her parents, Ella begins to realize that almost everything she has always believed to be true was a myth. Surprises pop up around every corner and only one man will prove himself worthy of her love.

 I loved A Midnight Dance and its cast of remarkable characters. It was exciting to observe Ella as she grew from a self-centered young woman to a mature and caring person as she discovered truth and faith.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


The best moments in dance are the unscripted ones

At their core, all theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater.

After a chance encounter with one of the ballet company’s handsome dancers late one night, Ella is swept off her elegantly pointed toes. The dance they share and the promise he makes to her feel like a new beginning. Yet as she faces mounting challenges in the ever-shrinking ballet company, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the ghostly ballerina.

Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own disastrous end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the unyielding grip of the past?

Read an excerpt HERE.


Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears, A Rumored Fortune, Finding Lady Enderly, and The Love Note. She loves tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives and is eager to hear anyone’s story. She lives with her husband and their children in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan. You can find her at