Monday, July 18, 2016

Fancy Dancer by Fern Michaels

FANCY DANCER by Fern Michaels
◊ Narrator: Luke Daniels
◊ Listening Length: 5 hours and 50 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Women’s Fiction, Coming of Age
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Brilliance Audio
◊ MP3 Una edition: July 26, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1501248928
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1501248924


A powerful, poignant novel of love, redemption, and family secrets from the incomparable #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels....

On his thirty-fifth birthday, Jake St. Cloud inherits a fortune - and learns the whereabouts of his mysterious half-brother. On her deathbed, Selma St. Cloud revealed that Jake had a sibling, a product of his father's affair. At last, Jake is in a position to track down Alex Rosario and make amends for their father's past neglect.
When their initial meeting goes badly, a distraught Jake crashes his car and is sentenced to community work - with Alex as his parole officer. Jake must spend a year helping Angelica Dancer and her daughter, Fancy, at the Dancer Foundation for neglected children. Fancy, scarred by the accident that ended her ballet career, is even less happy with the arrangement than Jake. Yet as they're all thrown together, unexpected connections help Jake realize that his mother's greatest gift to him lies not in his inheritance, but in the future, and the family, he's slowly piecing together....

When a story brings tears to your eyes in the first few minutes (if you’re tenderhearted), then you know you’re in for a roller coaster ride of emotions. Such is the case with FANCY DANCER by Fern Michaels.

Narrator Luke Daniels does a superb job of bringing out the emotions of the various characters throughout the story. His timing and inflections are spot on. His cadence enhances this delightful story.

The title is a bit misleading to me as the story is really more about the character Jake St. Cloud rather than Fancy Dancer, though she does play a big role in his life. Both characters, along with the rest, are well-developed and likable (including the ones you love to hate). The chemistry among the characters is crafted well. The setting draws you in as the suspense and tension mounts.

The story flows smoothly with some ups and downs to keep you guessing. A charming story of finding what you’re looking for without realizing how much you wanted it. Overall this is a light-hearted entertaining story that will tug on your heartstrings in places and have you laughing in others.

Fancy Dancer by Fern Michaels, Narrated by Luke Daniels, Brilliance Audio, @2016, ISBN: 978-1501248924, Unabridged, MP3 CD, Run Time: 5 Hours and 50 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I was scheduled to participate in author Katie Ruggle’s GONE TOO DEEP Virtual Tour with Sourcebooks today, but there were unforeseen problems with the post. Hopefully, we can reschedule the post. I hope you found FANCY DANCER intriguing and give it a closer look. Do you enjoy books that include family drama or do you prefer the families you read about to be more ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ types?


  1. Drama every time. I think almost every family has some. And some seem to attract more than their fair share.

  2. Probably less drama.
    Sorry Katie's tour had a hiccup.

  3. it is always interesting when an author puts her name bigger than the title :)

  4. That's quite a group of people thrown together.

  5. I do like lighthearted books, but I've never read anything by Fern Michaels.

  6. It sounds like an interesting combination of family history and the tension/drama of the moment. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  7. I really enjoy Fern Michaels books. They're usually great "escape" reading for me.

  8. Sounds like a good read. I don't have the brain power for audio books tho! :)

  9. I haven't read one of Fern Michael's books for a while...good reminder to look for them.

    Wonder why they titled the book as they did? Maybe they were worried that if the title focused on a male that they may lose a few female readers?


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