I would love to have a beautiful grand piano in my living room, bathed in the light streaming in through the huge windows. I can see myself sitting there lost in the music I create on this most beautiful of instruments.
The piano is my favorite instrument. It seems like songs I might not even like played on others are beautiful on the piano. I know that isn’t entirely true but it does appear that way. I have to confess that my favorite pianist is probably Chico Marx. Before you judge my taste for that statement, make sure you watch him play – his unique style and joy in playing make him such a pleasure to watch!
Of course, the reality is that my living room doesn’t have lots of windows with light streaming through (the French doors in it are the only windows and they face North) and my living room is entirely the wrong shape and size to hold a grand piano. Oh, and I am not really all that skilled at playing. I took lessons as a young girl but didn’t like practicing so I didn’t. Ironically, I have learned more since I stopped taking lessons just by playing around on my own but that isn’t really saying much. . .
Dancing in the Rain
by Jennifer Slattery, Eileen Rife
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date June 4, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: North Carolina, Ohio Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Loni Parker, a music major struggling to find employment, seeks refuge at Camp Hope only to encounter the man who took her sight.
On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Unbeknown to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director.
Camp director Michael Ackerman recognizes Lonie instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.
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Loni was a gifted pianist. Which was even more amazing because she had been blind for the past 10 years so she had to play by ear – how else could she learn the songs. Which makes me a little envious of her. I wish I could overcome my fear of failing, i.e. perfectionism enough to learn to play by ear!
I enjoyed seeing a little bit of Loni’s world. Despite the fact that she lived in darkness because of her blindness, she really took pleasure in the world around her. She did suffer from some melancholy and self-pity but for the most part, she had a great outlook. At one point she had a dream that had Michael in it. I realize that I never thought about how blind people dream about people they have never seen. . .
Michael seemed much more flawed than Loni. He was a lot pricklier and feared judgement. He also harbored unforgiveness towards his father for his abuses over the years. However, he was protective of his mother and had such a heart for the Lord and sharing His love with almost everyone around him.
There were lots of hard situations in the book. Domestic Violence, Alcoholism. There was hope throughout the story, too, which made it a little easier to read about the rest. It was quite obvious that the authors love the Lord and desire to spread His love and forgiveness to others in this story – they did this in a natural and non-preachy way.
While the plot was intriguing and the characters interesting, I did have difficulty in getting invested in it. I wish I could tell you why. It was good, it just wasn’t great. The price is very reasonable, though (especially if you are on Kindle Unlimited). If you enjoy Christian fiction that touches on heavy subjects it would be worth picking up a copy of this one to read.