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This book wrought so many emotions in my heart that I was crying and sometimes shouting at the same time. Good writing can do that but so can characters relatable to those we see daily and love singularly.
Enjoy the dance brings to light a host of issues in a way that is poignant and thoughtful. It also serves as a light to show how far we have come.
It is not only a truly beautiful love story it is an empowering life story.
Enjoy your dance my friends but love your life in its darkness and in its light. That's what this book says, in darkness there is strength in daring to hope and love and of course..to dance.
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I enjoyed the first book much better than this one. This one was more geared to the political side and the romance was kind of secondary. I truly disliked the pressure the school put on Spenser to take part in protesting against Minnesota Amendment 1. An employer should never get involved in that (yes I know it happens but it still pisses me off). We have Spenser first being a guardian to Duan to working towards adopting him. We have Tomás's parents who are undocumented immigrants from Mexico, and ICE breathing down their necks. We also have Tomás's sister who has addiction issues and has basically abandoned her children with her parents, who are the kids' primary caregivers. Tomás works three jobs to support the entire family. Needless to say Tomás has no time to sleep, let alone date. Tomás's sister took me by surprise by how she reacted to Spenser. All in all, things do work out for the best in the end. I would have liked to have seen the wedding, that would have been the icing on the cake for me. I loved seeing Laurie, Ed and Oliver from the first book.
Would you listen to Enjoy the Dance again? Why?
Really enjoyed the start and main part of the story. Well narrated and has an interesting plot line. Characters feel very one-dimensional but that's hardly a novelty in this genre.
The final hour however is very disappointing. It feels like the author ran out of ideas and just wanted to tie up all loose ends repeating the same lines to get the "happily ever after" message across ".. they laughed, they cried, they made stories together...", etc; all drama dissipated but it continues for another hour.
Much preferred book one of this series as far as the story goes. This one, well...it contains some fairly serious US social and political commentary from Heidi [not surprising as she regularly has a go at right-wing political muppets], and especially relevant and timely in view of November's fiasco of an election result across the pond, and the possible overturning of the same-sex marriage law by President-elect Trump [hah!!] and his Republican cronies. We can only consider ourselves extremely lucky that we no longer have those worries over here in the UK, although I have no doubt that gay couples of whatever persuasion have to jump through huge hoops to adopt kids over here too, but it also has to be said that the rules, requirements and regulations [although absolutely necessary] must seriously put quite a few well-meaning couples off....which unfortunately doesn't help those kids in greatest need one little bit.
Great narration from Iggy Toma as usual, and I can only hope we get Duon's story at some point. I really liked this story about Spenser and Tomas, and it was great catching up with Laurie and Ed again, as well as Arthur and Paul from the Minnesota Christmas series.