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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....
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By KatrinaD on 06-16-17
A feel good book to lift your mood
I read or listen to romance novels in secret. It is a habit akin to polishing a carton of Ben and Jerry's ice cream without gaining weight.
I love "Fancy Dancer" for its many characters with flaws and strengths. A precocious child, dogs and truly generous women complete the cast.
There are many twists and turns: deceptions, lies, betrayal and tragedies are revealed. Yet the main protagonists learn to cope, overcome their pains, change their behavior and find happiness.
I found remarkable that the author minimizes the cliches, avoids nauseating descriptions of handsome men, boring soft semi-pornographic amorous moments. Even the vilains have regrets. This story progresses naturally and leaves you feeling good without regrets. A delicious treat for a rainy day.