Saturday, May 30, 2009

My Review: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Do you remember the 1970's? Disco? Studio 54? If so, this book was written for you, a Baby Boommer. Susan owns a 1970's disco themed high-end beauty salon in Las Vegas. She wears '70s clothes, has '70s furnishings in her house and has two storage units filled in disco and '70s memorabilia. She has always dreamed of opening a disco museum. She is married to Michael, a steady, responsible man who has been head of maintenance at a major casino for over thirty years. She is 50, he is 60. When she is getting ready to tell him that she plans to expand the salon, he tells her that he plans to retire, and that his parents left him some land that is now worth a mint. He plans to sell some, and build a mansion on the rest. Basically, they are nice couple who have rarely seen each other because they work opposite shifts. They avoid conflict, and now they have a big one. It is resolved when a rich friend agrees to bankroll a new facility that will include a salon, spa, retail space and non-alcoholic dance club. We follow Susan and Michael as they try to make their dreams come true--and of course there are complications. The book does have a happy ending.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick fun read. It had a strong pro-life subplot. Susan was part of an email loop of women who had never met but who supported each other via email. This group is referenced on the back cover of the book, making me think it would be a major part of this story. It was not; one of the women does make a real-life appearance briefly, but for the most part, the email group remains in email and it could have been left out completely IMO. I suspect it is there to provide a bridge to other stories in the series.

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing is Christian fiction. It mentions briefly when Susan accepted Christ, and when examining what keeps life in balance, spirituality is listed as an important component. The book is anti-alcohol. Only the bad folk drink alcohol. Susan wants to open a dance club in Las Vegas that plays '70s music and displays her memorabilia. A rich venture capitalist who happens to be a client and friend bankrolls the operation. Call me a cynic, but I don't see a dry nightclub as a money-maker. All in all thought I enjoyed the book and recommend it.

First Wildcard will be touring this book June 16. Check back then to read the first chapter and learn about the author, Allison Bottke.

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