Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: Outside the Limelight (Ballet Theatre Chronicles, Book 2) by Terez Mertes Rose

Outside the Limelight
Ballet Theatre Chronicles, Book 2
By Terez Mertes Rose
Contemporary [Women's] Fiction

Book Description:

Rising ballet star Dena Lindgren's dream career is knocked off its axis when a puzzling onstage fall results in a crushing diagnosis: a brain tumor. Looming surgery and its long recovery period prompt the company’s artistic director, Anders Gunst, to shift his attention to an overshadowed company dancer: Dena's older sister, Rebecca, with whom Anders once shared a special relationship.

Under the heady glow of Anders’ attention, Rebecca thrives, even as her recuperating sister, hobbled and unnoticed, languishes on the sidelines of a world that demands beauty and perfection. Rebecca ultimately faces a painful choice: play by the artistic director’s rules and profit, or take shocking action to help her sister.

Exposing the glamorous onstage world of professional ballet, as well as its shadowed wings and dark underbelly, OUTSIDE THE LIMELIGHT examines loyalty, beauty, artistic passion, and asks what might be worth losing in order to help the ones you love.

{Outside the Limelight is a Kirkus Indie Books of the Month Selection for January 2017.}

Book Review:

Outside the Limelight is about two sisters who dance together in a ballet company. When the younger of the two, Dena, gets a scary medical diagnosis, she is forced to take a break from dancing. Her oldest sister, Rebecca, becomes quite infatuated with their instructor and does whatever she can to get on his good side. Dena’s character is really great, and even though Rebecca doesn’t make the brightest decisions, I did start coming around to liking her in the book. The drama of the dance studio has nothing on the drama at the end of this book. A really awesome book!

Author Bio:

Terez Mertes Rose is a writer and former ballet dancer whose work has appeared in the Crab Orchard Review, Women Who Eat (Seal Press), A Woman’s Europe (Travelers’ Tales), the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News. She is the author of Off Balance, Book 1 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles (Classical Girl Press). She reviews dance performances for and blogs about ballet and classical music at The Classical Girl ( She makes her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband and son.


Twitter: @classicalgrrl

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