Contemporary Fiction

A Season To Dance by Patricia Beal. A Review


“This is for them. This is for the magic. This is for every little dreamer in the room.”
Everyone has a dream. A passion. You work hard, you get there. Right? But what if you don’t get there? Despair? It happens… Then what? Give up? Try harder? What if all this time, you’ve been going after the wrong dreams? What if the best part of life hasn’t even started?
Ana Brassfield tries everything to be happy. An important career. A dream of dancing. A famous boyfriend. A move overseas. But all she experiences is a series of almost successes with a side of heartbreak. Then when she hits rock bottom, a stranger opens an unexpected door. Could she change her whole life? Should she? Or would this be another mistake in a life defined by rushed decisions and wrong turns?

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I’ve had this book sitting on my TBR pile since the author debuted but commitments with school kept me from reading.

Culled from the authors’ experience with ballet I loved how she explains the ballet terms carrying me along through the story.
Ana’s journey through the whole book held me spellbound the highs and lows from being a ballerina to her love life and even her search for God, it was a wonderfully journey. The heartbreaks, the disappointments, the loss she went through as a result of her choices had me reaching for the tissues. Looking for fulfilment in the wrong places but still coming up short.
I love that she was open to God, she was searching. And His pursuit of her was evident always putting someone to explain something she didn’t understand. Even when she wasn’t ready, her heart was open. A great reminder that our heavenly Father pursues each of us waiting with open arms for us to just come.
The ending was just wonderful. The redemptive nature of God’s unending grace made evident.

Recommended for more mature audiences but the message of God’s redemption and grace for us all that are searching in need of a saviour.


Patricia has danced ballet since her childhood and has performed with pre-professional companies in South America, Europe, and the United States.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature and worked as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Army for seven years. Her feature story on a day in the life of “Bad Luck Squad” in Iraq won a Keith L. Ware award in print journalism. She’s now an editor for the Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Patricia writes contemporary Christian fiction and is represented by Les Stobbe. She’s a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist.

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