Slow Dancing on Price's Pier

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Slow Dancing on Price's Pier

A Novel

In my opinion, two things that go together are: Coffee and Books. Imagine how surprised I was to discover that Slow Dancing on Price's Pier, written by Lisa Dale, takes place in and around a coffee shop? I was smitten and drooling throughout this entire read.

The small little family owned (and passed down) coffee shop, interestingly named, The Dancing Goat is a great place to set this story. Dale's love and knowledge of coffee was beyond impressive. I never thought about coffee, and coffee beans, in its original form until Dale's snippets spilled out across the pages. The protagonist, Thea, of Slow Dancing on Price's Pier is the owner of this coffee shop; and she happens to write a brilliant coffee article for the local newspaper. Each new chapter begins with Thea's words and wisdom about all things coffee. At first, I wasn't sure about this addition; but by the third chapter, Dale's subtle way of using coffee to intermix with Thea's character really made a difference. Through her articles, the readers will understand and love Thea.

Aside from coffee, Slow Dancing on Price's Pier is about a messy love triangle. Thea, and brother's Jonathan and Garret have all been friends since a young age; and bitter (and estranged) since early adulthood. Each character's personal recollections are told in present and past point-of-views. I was slightly confused when Dale switched from one tense to the other. There wasn't really a lead into them, so it was sometimes hard trying to figure out if the character was talking in present day, or from the past. I would have liked to have seen cleaner (and less messy) transitions.

Despite the messy transitions, Dale wrote a beautiful story of love, loss, and forgiveness. The title: Slow Dancing on Price's Pier is described beautifully, and I loved how the story moved at a slow dancer's tempo. Slowly, surely, and sexily, the dance between each page is tantalizing! Also, The Dancing Goat, since most of the story takes place there, was a fantastic (and smart) way for Dale to write in a lot of minor characters. From silly customers to friends and co-workers, the coffee shop provided a common topic and place for Thea's voice to shine. Since she is the main character, having her almost always at The Dancing Goat (surrounded by these minor characters) was a surprising treat for me.

If you're looking for a great book to read, I suggest you pick up a copy of Slow Dancing on Price's Pier. Not only will you be treated to a gripping love triangle, you'll also be teased by the wonderful history and mixes of coffees from around the world.

Book Blurb for Slow Dancing on Price's Pier

A family learns that time can erase mistakes when the heart remains true- from a refreshing new storyteller.

Fifteen years ago, Garret Sorensen's family, trust, and heart were destroyed when Thea Celik betrayed him and married his brother. Now they are divorcing. Garret's ready to finally mend his relationship with his brother. But being back in Newport, Rhode Island, triggers a lot of memories-all leading back to Thea.

Thea's not ready to let go of the Sorensens-even if it means being around Garret. As they cautiously circle around each other-finding themselves drawn together-they realize following their hearts could cast them adrift.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.00