The Dance of Love

By Angela Young

General fiction, Historical fiction, Literary fiction, Romance | Paperback, eBook


The Dance of Love is a coming-of-age tale that spans more than two decades of vast change. Against a backdrop of high Edwardian luxury, Natalie Edwardes is poised on the brink of adulthood and, in an age when a woman's destiny is decided by marriage, her beauty, wit and wealth would seem to guarantee her a glittering future. But, isolated by her father's position as a self-made man, Natalie has never felt at ease in a society bound by a maze of conventions. Heart, for her, will always rule head, and so it seems that an encounter with a dashing yet gentle artist-soldier contains all the seeds of her life's happiness. The dance of Natalie's life whirls her from the glittering ballrooms of London and the grand houses of Scotland and Devon, to the Scottish Highlands. But the strictures of polite society are far-reaching and Natalie's happiness is abruptly snatched away. She is forced to compromise her romantic ideals and it is only when the tragedy of the Titanic touches her life, years later, that she discovers what love really means and the heartrending choices it poses.


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The Dance of Love is a coming-of-age tale that spans more than two decades of vast change. Against a backdrop of high Edwardian luxury, Natalie Edwardes is poised on the brink of adulthood and, in an age when a woman's destiny is decided by marriage, her beauty, wit and wealth would seem to guarantee her a glittering future. But, isolated by her father's position as a self-made man, Natalie has never felt at ease in a society bound by a maze of conventions. Heart, for her, will always rule head, and so it seems that an encounter with a dashing yet gentle artist-soldier contains all the seeds of her life's happiness. The dance of Natalie's life whirls her from the glittering ballrooms of London and the grand houses of Scotland and Devon, to the Scottish Highlands. But the strictures of poli...


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I began writing when I was quite young. I loved reading and believed in the characters so much that I wrote messages to them on the flyleaves (to Alice: I think they’re all kind, really, but I’m not sure about the Red Queen). And so it began. I wrote agonised poems and short stories which were, unsurprisingly, rejected, but a wonderful array of English teachers encouraged me and years later, in 1995, Heather Holden-Brown (who was then at BBC Books) commissioned me to write a 30,000-word ending to Edith Wharton’s unfinished novel, THE BUCCANEERS (I wrote under my full name, Angela Mackworth-Young, in those days). In 2001 I was awarded an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University and my first novel, SPEAKING of LOVE, was published by Beautiful Books in 2007, when I was 56. I take great courage from the sentence on the flyleaf of E. Annie Proulx’s THE SHIPPING NEWS: ‘E. Annie Proulx published her first novel, POSTCARDS, in 1991 at the age of 56.’ I have had short stories for children published in the American short story magazines CRICKET and SPIDER, the Australian short story magazine, THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE, and used in the US equivalent of the UK’s Key Stage 2 literacy exams by American Institutes for Research as a model for academic excellence. In 2010, one of those stories was included in the collection THE JUST WHEN? STORIES. My second novel, THE DANCE of LOVE, will be published by Buried River Press, a new imprint of Robert Hale Publishers, on 31 July, 2014. My third is a work in progress presently called FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE. The three novels are very different in tone and voice, era and setting, but the thing they all have in common is the difficulty we human beings have when we try to talk about the things that matter the most. Download a Hi-Res photograph of me


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I began writing when I was quite young. I loved reading and believed in the characters so much that I wrote messages to them on the flyleaves (to Alice: I think they’re all kind, really, but I’m not sure about the Red Queen). And so it began. I wrote agonised poems and short stories which were, unsurprisingly, rejected, but a wonderful array of English teachers encouraged me and years later, in 19...


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