I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

by Elizabeth Moran

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Ruth Henderson has moved back in with her parents - something she swore she would never do, especially not at the age of thirty-three. But in the face of the mountain of debt left by her late-partner and the fact that her teenage daughter, Maggie, is expressing her grief through acts of delinquency, there was really only one option. Returning to a house Ruth swore never to set foot in again is bad enough. Add to this an estranged father, whirlwind mother, and David - the boy next door who broke her heart - and it is little wonder Ruth can barely make it out of bed. But then, reunited with her old friend Lois, Ruth is persuaded to go along to a monthly girls' night. Here she meets a bunch of incredible women and for the first time since leaving home at eighteen, Ruth begins to make some genuine friends. She also has her first ever date - with the charming Dr Carl Barker. However, after a disastrous dinner, and a fraught Maggie still struggling with her father's death, Ruth promises her daughter she won't go out with any other men. A promise she quickly regrets when David, the boy next door, asks her to dance:

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ISBN-13: 9781782641704
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 11/27/2015
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Beth Moran has a background as a research scientist and adult educator. She is now part of the national leadership team of the women's network Free Range Chicks. She is married with three children and lives in Calverton, Nottingham.

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I Hope You Dance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
I Hope You Dance is a wonderful book and I am thrilled to have discovered the writing of Beth Moran. Filled with realistically flawed, often quirky, yet loveable characters, this is a story about relationships – broken and strained relationships, healing, forgiveness, and genuine friendships. There’s tender romance, suspense, poignancy, and laugh-out-loud humor woven throughout. Faith-based British fiction is a little different than the more conservative style that Americans are used to. For instance, off-color dialogue pops up occasionally and the use of alcohol is prevalent. However, I expected this going in and it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of this great story. I have always been a fan of British fiction, and loved being transported to the small town of Southwell, England. The cover made me think this would be a lighthearted romance, but was I in for a surprise! The romance between David and Ruth is enchanting, but there’s so much more. It’s easy to think of themes: relationships, friendship, giving, and dance – both literal and figurative. Readers will be able to relate to Ruth’s character and I was immediately drawn to her. Not only did she live with the guilt of a youthful mistake, but she kept punishing herself for of it. In Ruth’s words, “I had abandoned everything my mother had taught me and spent my entire adult life settling and making do. I had not strived, fought, adventured, embraced, journeyed, dared, been inspiring or inspired. I had barely laughed.” The strength of this novel is the development of various relationships – with family, friends, and God – and it’s moving to walk with these characters as they grow. In the part where Ruth’s father tried to help by giving her some money, I loved her reasoning for hesitancy: “Was it okay to cash in five-thousand pounds’ worth of guilt money, if the person was right to feel guilty? If you took the money, did that mean the debt was paid, they were forgiven, and you couldn’t feel mad at them anymore?” Some of the things I found especially touching was the group of Christian women who regularly met for girls’ night out, the “yurt” weekend they put together for a couple who needed time away from their kids, and the befriending of senior adults. I also want to give an example of one of the best parts of this story, and that is Beth’s lyrical writing style. In an emotionally healing scene where Ruth danced with her father, they were “trying not to slip in the waterfall of tears that gushed from our pathetic eyes and formed a lake of wasted time and stupid regrets on the wooden floor between our feet.” Everything comes to a very satisfying conclusion, but I literally hated to turn the last page and leave these characters. Highly recommended. Thank you to Kregel/Lion Hudson for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Bethers More than 1 year ago
I Hope You Dance is the second book by author Beth Moran and it is fantastic. I had the joy of reading her debut book, Making Marion and was excited to have the opportunity to read her next book. I Hope You Dance is a great book that I could not put down. From the start the story of Ruth and her family grabbed ahold of me until the end. Beth Moran writes with expertise about Southwell, Nottinghamshire, ballroom dancing, foster care, lives of pastors and their families, parenting, loss of spouse and parent, and marriage. I Hope You Dance is a book about second chances in life and finding out who you are in midst of tragedy. The characters in this book are fantastic! I loved them all especially the women's group Ruth goes to, they sure offer well needed comic relief, support, and God's love. Really shows the true meaning of friendship, which Ruth was in much need of. Ruth is a great character, she is NOT perfect and embraces that. Her life is at its lowest point and she works so hard to pull herself up and keep her daughter Maggie together. I Hope You Dance really brings out many emotions. I found myself laughing out loud in lots of places and crying in others as my heart went out to Ruth and Maggie. I did really enjoy this book and highly recommend this book and author to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Beth Moran and meet more of her characters. Definitely a must read author for me. I give this book 5 STARS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of I HOPE YOU DANCE by Beth Moran from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. I had previously read her other book, MAKING MARION, so I was excited to give this one a try. Like MAKING MARION, it is full of realistic and engaging characters. I HOPE YOU DANCE focuses on Ruth. After the death of her partner, she and her daughter are forced to move back in with her estranged parents. I found that interesting, as I know many people who have recently moved back in with their parents due to various reasons. I enjoyed the strong Christian background, as it painted an elegant picture for the characters and setting. The town itself seems to be its own character. I love books like that, where the setting really comes to life. You feel as if you culd walk next door to meet Ruth. Speaking of the Christian perspective, it isn’t heavily overdone, and I feel this book could better fall into the category of “chick lit.” Everyone has a weakness, but also a strength. Ruth is an amazing protagonist. I want to think that everyone who reads this book will be able to learn something from her.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A well-written contemporary romance! When Ruth Henderson's life hits an all-time low, she has little choice but to return to her parents' home, a place she'd left under a dark cloud 15 years before. Hoping for help out of her dire financial situation, it comes in ways she'd never dreamed. This well-written contemporary story, told from Ruth's perspective, runs the reader through a gamut of emotions. I laughed, cried, cringed and gasped as the main character dealt with the results of her life choices--some poor and some unavoidable--hoping she'd finally get a break and have a good resolution to her financial and emotional dilemmas, as well as spiritual. It was easy to understand her feelings of not fitting in, or believing she didn't really deserve happiness or true love because of her past. Dealing with a troubled teen, wanting to be a good mom, scraping by on whatever jobs came her way, making decisions based on emotions and paying for it later, were things I could easily relate to also. The author does a really good job of drawing the reader in, and building up the tension towards the end. All of the colorful characters added so much to the story, especially her circle of friends from church. Loved all of the dance scenes and metaphors, leading up to the beautiful conclusion! Recommend to readers who enjoy a character driven redemptive story laced with romance, some suspenseful moments, and inspiration. If you liked Making Marion as I did, you'll enjoy this fun book too! (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
We open this book with Ruth Henderson returning back home, hat in hand, with her daughter Maggie, her fourteen year old. She is basically out in the street and not very many options but to swallow her pride and return back to her parents. This story has so many examples of how we tend to judge people especially in our youth, and meeting again as an adult they are entirely different. A lot of surprises abound in returning to her roots for Ruth, some chuckles and some heart breaking news that you didn’t know at the time. Come and enjoy Ruth wallowing in her pain, yes enjoy as her parents have her laying in bed or in her jamies all day long, and as she goes about getting a job or jobs to help get herself out of debt. I also enjoyed the spunk her daughter Maggie showed, and how some elderly woman put them both in their place. There is also some violence in this story in the form of a person you would never expect, especially when we first meet. This person becomes a stalker, and makes some very scary moves and actions. Through out it all you hope for relationships to hold steady and find love in them. You will also cheer on the sweet neighbor, and Ruth’s first love, David. I received this book through the Publisher Lion, and was not required to give a positive review.
grapes63 More than 1 year ago
In England, there is a family. For me, the important ones are Ruth and Maggie and Fraser. Ruth falls in love with a rich boy. He lives in a house called the Big House. After the death of his mother, he shares his heart with Ruth. Ruth's love for him, David, grows. The romance leads to the birth of Maggie, a love child. Unfortunately, Ruth will have to live through many ups and downs. Some of those ups and downs are familiar: the loss of jobs, the death of a husband, Fraser, teen-age growing pains, an absent father and plain old problems with relationships. Maggie has to survive the trials that her mother is living through. It's very hard for Maggie. She acts out in the only way she knows. She has discipline problems at school. She talks back to her mother. Along the way, there are other family members to meet and other characters such as an elderly lady named Mrs. Beaumont. All of these women are facing a dragon in their life. It's difficult to understand themselves and to understand one another in the walk of life. It's Christian fiction that meets reality. About Mrs. Beaumont for a moment or two, I thought this book had become a murder mystery. It happens when Mrs. Beaumont has a sick spell. She falls over. When they can't revive her, it's as though she's dead. I thought surely....but no, she began to breathe again. I felt the author was trying to decide whether to make Mrs. Beaumont a victim of crime. Perhaps, my imagination ran away with me. Throughout the novel, seasons are very important. There is the fall, November. It's a hard, cold fall in England. I enjoyed reading about the season more than the dancing. Autumn seemed to fit the hardness in their lives and make their days a bit softer. Of course, there is the dancing. I am not a lover of dance. I wanted the novel to make me fall in love with dance. Maybe I expected too much. Perhaps, the important matter here is love. Beth Moran writes much about that emotion. This line spoke to me. '"What's love got to do with it anyway?...Love is the custard on the crumble."'
Mazzou More than 1 year ago
This new novel from author Beth Moran is very well written. Also, it captures the reader's interest from the first chapter with its humor and relatability. The book was fast-paced and interesting to read; one definitely understood each and ever character and didn't have a hard time following the tale. Personally, I wasn't impressed with the story because I found that it lacked depth. Even if viewed as a non-Christian title, it seemed to lack purpose and meaning. The struggles the main character, Ruth Henderson went through were very real and understandable but although several of them were resolved I didn't feel like she had to do much at all. She must have been under much emotional stress yet I felt like there wasn't a moment or even a crescendo of change in her heart and mind. There is one aspect- friendship- which changes. Ruth does become more open to friendship. Just overall, this book has no impact. It has some chuckle-worthy moments and is well-written but there is really no Spiritual depth or basic growth or emotional value attached. Her daughter seems to advance more than she does. However, if this is considered a Christian novel I really am surprised as there is no moment of defining change. Everything just melds into the next.... I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I can't only imagine how hard it must be to find yourself dealing with the grief of losing your husband, but then learning that you are left penniless and with a mountain of debt you didn't even know existed. With no where to go, Ruth Henderson decides to pack up her stuff and leave her old life behind and move back in with her parents in Southwell, Nottinghamshire along with her 14-year old daughter Maggie, whose way of dealing with what she is going through is coloring her hair wild colors. It doesn't make her all that popular in school and soon she finds herself being teased. Her only outlet is to resort to violence which leads to repetitive phone calls from the principal to have Ruth attempt to curtain her daughter's wild side. Ruth knows in order to move forward she has to find a way to pay off the debt without her parents help, even though they offer to write a check to cover all her debts. She wills herself to take a job working for a classmate, who subsequently had an interest in the boy she fell in love with at school and soon retribution occurs when Vanessa, the clothing store owner, takes out her frustrations on Ruth as a way of her coming to beg for a job. Ruth finds solace in her mother's well intentions to get out of the house and make some friends and finds herself meeting with a great group of women once a month, who share their own frustrations in life at the moment over some great food, and plenty of prayers. Ruth's only regret is the love she left behind even after she married her husband, and that is of her best friend and neighbor David Carrington, who is a TV personality on his own wildlife safari show and comes to town fairly regularly. With trying to find a way to keep her own head above water and keep her feelings for David locked away in the past, you know it is only matter of time before they too come to the surface to be dealt with. It is a story of hope, love, forgiveness and redemption that come with a life well lived. I received I Hope You Dance by Beth Moran compliments of Kregel Publications. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this book in exchange for my own honest and personal opinions. This is the second book I have read from Beth Moran and once again love the escape back to old England to immerse myself in the small town life and English literature that accompanies her books. The characters are well developed and ones that seem truly genuine that you can care about what is going on in their lives. Not only do you find yourself rooting for Ruth and David but the many secondary characters we are introduced to like David's housekeeper Ana Luisa and his father, but also between Maggie and Seth who have more in common than they think. For me, this one deserved a full 4.5 out of 5 stars.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book as part of a blog tour** Ruth has lost everything; her husband, her job and now her home. Having to return to her mum and estranged dad’s home a widow, with an emotional 14 year old and a mountain of debt, was not what she had hoped her future would be like. "I Hope you Dance" is an emotional book that will bring a tear to your eye, and warmth to your heart. Ruth is a beautiful woman in her thirties, trying to cope with life. Moving back to a place that has so many memories, both good and bad, is hard for her. Not only has she just lost her husband, but then to discover that he was hiding a mountain of debts must have been horrendous. Her daughter Maggie is hurting. She has lost her dad and is angry at everyone, causing her to become destructive. Ruth is the target of a lot of her anger, especially when Maggie thinks that she is moving on, and dating men again. I can fully understand Ruth’s desire to sink beneath her duvet, hiding from the world, but with the help of her bossy mum she is slowly starts to get back on her feet, and discover that there is so much still to live for. Friendships and family play a big part in the book, with girlie nights where the only rule is ‘whatever is said on the nights never gets repeated’, and a rift in the family that goes deeper than you can imagine, the book keeps you hooked right through to the very last page. The perfect blend of happiness and sadness, new beginnings and old love, create an emotional roller coaster of a book that will have you cherishing life and all it has to offer.