Fabulous! Beth White has done it again! Giving her all to spread God's word through Christian fiction is abundantly clear in this enjoyablebook. I know little of ballet, and have never been to NYC, but I loved the characters Beth created! Their desire to be in God's will and do His good work was something I could relate to. I know you'll enjoy this book as much as I did! Great summer read!
Whow - I loved this book. You don't even have to know about ballet to understand it or understand all the terms even though you are given them.I think at one time in their life little girls dream of being a ballet but they do not understand the struggles and hard work that goes into it. It just seems so graceful. I liked the way Gilly had obsticles to overcome and situations to work through to serve God. People don't think we can serve God in some fields and this book shows it is possible.As one who has suffered through pain and set backs, I understand the questions Gilly asked when laid up with a back injury. While reading this I had two back procedures. I also like how God brought Jacob and Gilly together and Jacob had issues of his own to deal with. You could experience God's forgiveness and how a life is changed with God comes in through Jacob.I found so much strength for everyday life while reading this. Both Jacob and Gilly were fully of passion for the gift they had been given of dance. It was a story I hated to see end.
White swept me into the passion and clawing ambition of professional ballet. She dished well-rounded, realistic characters. Gilly, a delightful sprite, and multi-layered Jacob became personal friends by the end of Tour de Force. White also has a knack for breathing life into her secondary characters, particularly six-year-old Graham, gay dancer Dmitri, and even a studly baseball player who pursues Gilly. A very satisfying read.
Elizabeth White's newest book 'Tour de Force' was WONDERFUL. I loved learning about the world of professional ballet and how competative it is. What it takes to be a professional ballerina. Elizabeth provides a glossery of terms but it's not overwhelming to the story. Tour de Force centers around Gillian Kincade (Laural Kincade's little sister from Off the Record) and Jacob Ferrar. Gilly was a great character. Full of life, strong and loveable. She applied her Christian beliefs and love to those around her in a tangible way. Especially to her friend Victoria. Jacob Ferrar was a great torchered hero. A man with a past that he would like to forget. He is strong, kind and protective of those he loves. Both characters are well drawn and come to life off the pages of the book. The relationship between Jacob & Gilly was believeable and well paced. We also get to see Tucker McGaughan (Cole McGaughan's brother from Off the Record). He is vying for Gilly's attention as well. They have known each other for a long time. Who will she choose in the end? The story keeps you turning pages and there is some good romantic tension along the way. You'll also find some of that good old fashioned southern humor that you come to expect from an Elizabeth White book along with tackling some of life's tougher issues. I enjoyed Tour de Force, I think you will too.
I love Beth White's books, and this one did not disappoint. Gilly is an engaging, intriguing character, as is Jacob, and their relationship is at once serious and sweet. I enjoyed the dialogue and commentary on ballet culture, as well as Gilly's struggle over how, and how much, to live her Christian life within that culture. In fact, I would have liked to see more of that, especially considering the way Gilly's accident turned out. It sometimes felt as if Beth threw in certain plot points and devices as fillers, while letting others go. The book also left me with some unanswered questions, such as where Gilly decided her true allegiance belonged--in the lesser-known Christian ballet world or the world of BNY. However, this was still an enjoyable book, and as always, I look forward to more from Beth.