Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Now Let's Dance by Karine Lambert + #Giveaway

Now Let's Dance by Karine Lambert
First published in French as Eh bien dansons maintenant! in May 2016. English language translation by Anthea Bell published by Weidenfeld And Nicolson in September 2017.

Featured in 5Books1Theme: Older Women, a 2019 COYER Summer Hunt read and N for my 2019 Alphabet Soup Challenge

How I got this book:
Won a copy in a Twitter giveaway from the publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marguerite has been living a comfortable but dull existence in a Parisian suburb with her straitlaced husband. When he dies, she realises that life has passed her by.

Marcel has been in a loving relationship with Nora for almost sixty years. Now that he has lost her, he has lost his way.

Marguerite and Marcel come from two very different worlds - one rich, one poor. But when they both - somewhat reluctantly - attend a mountain retreat called 'Secrets of Youth' their paths cross, and a connection forms...But will they manage to overcome the disapproval of their friends and families, as well as their own misgivings?

I didn't know anything about Now Let's Dance prior to winning a copy in a Weidenfeld and Nicolson book bundle giveaway last year. Romance isn't one of my favourite genres so I wasn't sure how I would get on with the novel, but as it turned out, I was utterly charmed! This is just as much a story about aging as about finding love, and I appreciated how Lambert's understanding of her elderly characters affected their sense of priorities throughout the story. Marguerite reminded me a little of Fru Bagge in A Change Of Heart by Ida Jessen. Both are women who spent their lives overshadowed by their husbands and who, when they finally find themselves independent in old age, might just as easily fade as blossom.

Now Let's Dance is set in France, mostly in a town near Paris, and this novel has a lovely French vibe to it. We also see glimpses of mid-century Algeria as Marcel immigrated from there as a child. There's a sense of nostalgia and yearning from Marguerite and Marcel - for what they have lost, for what never was and, now, for what might be. I loved Marcel's enthusiasm for life and his determination not to give in to other people's opinions of what he should do or feel. Alongside the wistful moments, this story has laughs and plenty of joyful moments. It's a tender romance and ultimately I felt this was a beautiful life affirming read.

And now it's time for the Giveaway!

The prize is a Kindle copy of Now Let's Dance by Karine Lambert.
Open until the 28th August to anyone who can receive an Amazon UK gifted ebook.

Now Let's Dance by Karine Lambert ebook giveaway

This giveaway is not connected with the author or Amazon. I will personally be gifting a copy of the ebook to the giveaway winner because I loved it so much!
The giveaway closes at midnight (UK time) on the 28th August and I will pick a winner on the 29th. That winner will have three days to respond to my email otherwise the prize will be forfeit. And, yes, I Will be checking that the winning entrant actually completed the winning task!

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  1. I can't seem to enter the giveaway using Gleam... :( However this sounds enchanting! I love translated books first of all. And second it reminds me of a Man Called Ove but with romance. Love books about aging for some reason.

    1. Gleam seems to be working ok from here :-/

      I don't think I've read A Man Called Ove yet. Must check because I know it's supposed to be good!

  2. This sounds like a really lovely book

  3. Congrats to Alice D who's won the Now Let's Dance giveaway!
    If that's not you, there's plenty more giveaways to enter here: