The Unexpected Waltz

The Unexpected Waltz

[a Novel]

Book - 2014
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"Kelly Wilder becomes recently widowed from a much older wealthy man with whom she spent her married life doing charity work, building a lovely home, and, as she says, "pretending to be a whole lot more conservative and stupid and nicer than I really am." Now, with too much time and money on her hands, Kelly has absolutely no idea what happens next. So on a whim she signs up for a ballroom dancing class, and slowly, step by high-heeled step, begins to rebuild her life with the help of friends old and new: Nik, a young Russian dance teacher who sees the artistic potential she left behind; Carolina, a woman in hospice, anxious to experience a whole lifetime in a few months; and Elyse, Kelly's girlhood best friend who knows all of her past secrets--including the truth about the man who long ago broke Kelly's heart. In the vein of Jennifer Weiner's novels, Unexpected Waltz is a deeply felt novel about moving on after loss and finding a new walk--or dance--of life through the power of second chances"--
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2014
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476754222
Branch Call Number: F WRI NVD
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm

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MHanover10
Mar 16, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I liked 52-year-old Kelly who is trying to survive after her husband has died a year ago. She has no direction, she has a big house and really has no purpose as she has no job. She stumbles into a dance studio owned and operated by three Russians and she decides to take a dance lesson. That lesson turns into another one and another one and next thing she knows she is sucked into the place. She is also a hospice volunteer and meets Carolina who is a firecracker even though she shouldn't live long.

As a 50-year-old who has had breast cancer and a boss who recently died in hospice, I really related to this story, except I'm not rich and my husband is alive. I felt I could understand more of what was going on with Kelly. My husband is alive but he works WAY long hours and my daughter is an adult and has her own life so I'm on my own a lot. So how do you fill your time?

I really liked the different characters in the book and how even though they are all from different backgrounds and personalities, they really became friends and a family.

Very wonderfully written and really enjoyable. I would really recommend this book.

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4765flowerlady66
Jun 12, 2015

I really enjoyed this book and looked forward to the times when I would be able to sit down and read it. I found it to be a 'page turner' full of interesting characters and an optimistic view of what a woman of age can accomplish once she is out in the world.

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pattyloucor67
Jul 03, 2014

The story picks up on the lives of Elyse and Kelly ("Love in Mid-Air") as they reach the age of 50. Kelly is now a widow, and she stumbles upon ballroom dancing as the means to open doors to a new life. As trite as this premise might sound, the novel explores what it is like to be on your own, trying to make a life for yourself. Kelly also volunteers with hospice patients, and she frowns close to Caroline, who is dying of breast cancer. The author uses works exquisitely. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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pattyloucor67
Jul 03, 2014

"So many things have been taken from me lately - some of them ripped away with more cruelty than I would have thought possible - and yet I am dancing....The prince has come and fine but. Cinderella is still at the ball." P.272

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