Author: Rachel Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From her early teens, ballet has been an integral part of Jillian Russell’s life. One by one, she loses her parents, grandparent, husband and child. If being alone in the world wasn’t bad enough, a medical diagnosis takes away her chance to become a prima ballerina.
Knowing a part of her will die if she walks away from ballet, she changes her focus and builds a ballet company and opens a dance school. This endeavor takes all her resources and leaves no time to build new relationships outside her world of dance. Jillian rationalizes if she doesn’t build relationships, she can’t be deserted. And she’s not sure she would survive another loss.
Handsome trauma surgeon, Alan Armstrong has relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina for a fresh start. Until a few years ago, he had always envisioned his future to include a wife and children. But after his father died in a plane crash from lack of medical attention, his focus for the future has shifted to equip himself professionally to set up a rural clinic. A supporter of the arts, Alan finds himself on the board of the North Carolina Ballet Company. He has always had a penchant for fixing things. Realizing Jillian’s professional life could use some help, it is not long before he realizes he is drawn to her romantically as well.
They fall in love, but when Alan discovers Jillian has been misdiagnosed, he tells her she must decide between their love or a performance career in ballet.
Jilian has always wanted to be a ballet dancer. But when her life gets turned upside down by tragedy, and a medical diagnosis ruins her chances of becoming a prima ballerina, she changes her focus and builds a ballet company, and opens up a dance school. Her personal life however is a mess; she’s afraid to connect with someone, afraid to build relationships. Alan Armstrong is a trauma surgeon who moved to a rural town with the idea of opening up a clinic there to help people. Yet when he meets Jillian, he wants to help her finance her company, and mend her personal life, but he never thought it possible he might get some romantic feelings for her too.
The characters are amazing, especially Jillian. She’s a fighter, and my heart broke when I read about the tragedy she went through. Alan is charming, handsome, and strong. I loved their relationship, their personality, and basically everything about them. This was an amazing contemporary romance story, and it has so much depth. You can’t help but feel for these two.