Book Review: A Moment to Dance, Book 2 (A Whistle Stop Romance) by Jennifer Faye

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A Moment to Dance by Jennifer Faye
(A Whistle Stop Romance) Book 2
Published on April 28, 2015
Format:  Paperback
294 pages

When trouble strikes…Whistle Stop pulls together

For Ella Morgan, moving to Whistle Stop is a chance to start over, put her horrific past behind her. But now she’s living in a mountain cabin—in dire need of renovation—that her grandmother left her, along with a sizable tax bill. Her job teaching school isn’t going to cover it. She needs cash, and soon.

Volunteer firefighter Tony Granger has returned to Whistle Stop to run the family ranch and be guardian to his orphaned nephew, Johnny. But being a single parent isn’t coming easy, and he’s worried sick he won’t succeed with his plan to adopt the boy, especially if Johnny’s grades don’t improve. He needs a break, and fast.

When Ella finds out Tony doesn’t have a partner for the Dancing With the Firefighters’ benefit—which is offering a large cash prize—and he hits upon hiring her as Johnny’s tutor, it looks like their problems might be solved. But taking dance lessons to win the competition sets alight a burning attraction between them. Can they let go and learn to trust again, or will the scars of their pasts still haunt them?

 
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A Moment to Dance is the second book in the Whistle Stop Romance Series by Jennifer Faye.  Although you can read this book as a stand alone, it would be more enjoyable if you read A Moment to Love first.  Jennifer introduces several of the towns characters in the first book.

 

Ella Morgan has recently moved to Whistle Stop after her grandmother passed away, and she inherited her cabin.  A cabin that needs more work than she can afford.  She is working as a 4th grade substitute teacher, until a permanent one is hired.   Ella is hiding a secret, and she is terrified that if anyone finds out, especially Tony Granger, that they will find her repulsive.

 

We were introduced to Tony Granger in book one, A Moment to Love.  Tony is a Firefighter in Whistle Stop, he runs a ranch, and cares for his nephew Johnny.  He has a lot on his plate, and feels inadequate at being a father to his nephew.  Tony has a few demons of his on.  So when he meets Ella for the first time, he feels guilty for being attracted to her.

 

Out of the first two books in the series, A Moment to Dance was my favorite.  I believe it had something to do with, Patch, the orphaned puppy, and Johnny.  Kids and dogs do it for me every time!  Jennifer Faye has a way of making you feel at home in her stories.  The plot was set at a nice, slow pace.  I liked Tony and Ella’s blossoming romance throughout the story, but it was predictable.  Predictable is not all that bad, because I enjoyed reading it.

 

I do feel that the issues, and demons that Tony and Ella were dealing with could have been delft with more swiftly in the story.  Communication.  I wont say what those issues are because I don’t want to give too much of the story away.  I liked Tony’s mother, Carlota.  She is a sweet woman that loves her son, and wants to see him happy.  Like A Moment to Love, A Moment to Dance, reminds me so much of a Hallmark movie.  I love Hallmark movies!

 

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Jennifer Faye’s writing, small town romance, and a sweet and clean love story.

 

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3.5/ 5 Hearts

*There is kissing in this book, besides that it’s clean
*I was given a free copy of this book by the author, in exchange for my honest review

 

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