Gillian Kincaid dances to the brink of a brilliant career in ballet; grasping the New York limelight after years of working her way to the pinnacle of recognition in her field. Upon returning to her Alabama roots to perform in a local exhibition, her path crosses that of artistic director Jacob Ferrar; a renowned dancer in his own right, who left the very notoriety that Gillian is quietly embracing.
Gillian's beautiful movements on stage are extremely impressive and Jacob approaches her with the possibility of performing the lead role in a religious ballet that he is developing around the story of Jesus's friend Mary. The two form a friendship, both personally and professionally, leading them to a crossroads that neither is anxious to travel.
Following a terrible accident that takes Gillian off the stage, she and Jacob are forced to peer deep within their souls to discover how people of faith respond to life's difficulties; especially in a world of secularism where greed, temptations and competition abound. This story is much like the ballet world depicted within its pages; full of glorious climax, amidst phases of deep emotion. "Tour de Force" is well worth the "dance"!
"Tour de Force" is a magnificent glimpse into a world of tutus and frills and pointe shoes. It's always a wide-eyed view of the human condition and how far someone will go to get what they want.
If ever someone, who has no coordination and can't be graceful if she tried, wanted to experiment in the world of ballet, this book would be the ticket. Detail, research and understanding of that world really brought it to life. I thought I might be in New York looking through the window of the high rise dance studio (though that sounds uncomfortable_)
I will say in that great research, I got a bit lost in all the characters were trying to do to save their careers and dance studios. I think a better personal understanding of how the dance world works would have been helpful on my end.
The love story is sweet, but I would have liked it to take a greater precedent. I felt it slipped into the background through the middle to two-thirds of the book.
I would have liked to get to know Gilly better. I found her a bit closed off to the reader and I wanted to really dig into what made her tick as a character. I could say the same for Jacob too.
But overall, it's a good book and one I'm glad I tried on for size.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
This story really captivated my attention. I LOVE dancing, and have been peforming since I was 11-years old. Once I gave my life to the Lord, not only did I change, but so did my dance, as well. I love how this story incorporates two of my favorite things: dance & romance into one. And, above all, I like how the main character relates to me because I want to spend the rest of my life doind exacly what she's doing -- dancing for her Lord!
I really liked this book. It had such a great story line and side stories too. How lives can intertwine and also how important it is to be a witness. Made me either want to be a ballerina or meet a artistic director!! Great read!!
Review by Gretchen HoffmanI love ballet. Although I never got past intermediate ballet class as a kid, I love going to see dance performances, and if theres a book about dancers, you bet itll pique my interest.Gillian Kincade is an upcoming ballet star in the New York dance scene. Jacob Ferrar left the glitz of performing to become an artistic director, focusing on dance that glorifies God. When Jacob offers Gilly the lead in his play, she has to decide where shes supposed to be. But after an accident, the dancing future for both becomes uncertain, and they must learn to trust where God leads.This book was just as fantastic as I expected it to be. (The cover alone made me want to read this! Especially since I love ballet.) The main characters were so fun, and the secondary characters were just as intriguing and well written as the main ones. I especially liked how real everyone was. Gillian and Jacob were not perfect by any meansthey struggled with how to express their Christianity in everyday life and where the line is between tolerance of others lifestyles and still sticking up for morality and truth. Sometimes it seems like the characters in books have it all figured out, but Gilly and Jacob didnt, and the book didnt end with them suddenly being able to perfectly balance their ideals with non-Christians around them. Life doesnt always have simple answers, and this book showed that. Plus, Ms. White did an excellent job of showing Gods miracles. Although miracles seem rare nowadays, God is always faithful, and miracles today are just as real as they ever were. An excellent read. I will be getting more of Elizabeth Whites books for sure.