Dancing in the Rain by Amanda James @amandajames61 #BookReview #Book3 #AuthorTakeOver

Posted April 16, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 4 Comments

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Dancing in the Rain by Amanda James @amandajames61 #BookReview #Book3 #AuthorTakeOverDancing in the Rain by Amanda James
Published by Choc Lit on March 5, 2014
Pages: 301
Also by this author: Rip Current, The Cornish Retribution, Another Mother, The Feud, A Stitch in Time, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Cross Stitch, Summer in Tintagel, Behind the Lie, Another Mother, The Calico Cat, Deep Water, The Cornish Retribution, The Feud, Dark Deception, The Cornish Connection

What if the responsibility for preventing a major disaster lay with you?

Jacob Weston has felt like he doesn’t belong for as long as he can remember and the strangely vivid dreams he experiences only serve to make him feel more alone …

But when his job in research science takes him thousands of miles away from what he thought of as home, Jacob finds the mystery of his past begin to unravel.

A trip to the breathtaking Monument Valley and an extraordinary encounter with a Navajo guide seem to hold the key to who Jacob really is.

After meeting the beautiful Rosenya Neboyia, Jacob feels he may have found what he’d been searching for. But with this meeting is the discovery that his dreams come with a responsibility, and that responsibility is bigger and scarier than he could have ever imagined …

My Review

Just finished this book and like always I have to write my review to clear my brain before I start the next one, the problem is I am actually struggling with what to say!

This book starts off slow, now I don’t mean oh my god this is so slow nothing is happening! I am saying slow, because Mandy is building an interesting world that draws you in, from the world we know to the Navajo residing in Monument Valley. There is so much information to sink in, you have to savour the words in front of you. I didn’t read the blurb before I read this and it was nice, I had absolutely zero clues to where this was going.

This is not like anything I’ve read by Mandy before and it is a great testament to her writing because she can just write anything!!! From my introduction to her dark crazy town to her time travelling love story to this story of the Ancient ones and a lot of science, the breadth of Mandy’s knowledge is amazing, and just blows me away!

With an opening like this one, it shocks you and draws you in straight away, a baby, a car explosion and people on the run, intense right! Then just as you are left wanting to know what happens next, you are cruelly taken back to the past, to WWII where we meet Josiah off to fight a war, leaving his family behind. Decisions he has to make for their future all lies in a vision he has, as he is connected to the Ancient Ones. After this interlude, we meet Jacob, the MC, and I tell you, you may think you know how it all fits together like a jigsaw, you may just be wrong. For now, just go with the flow and enjoy this ride!

Jacob, for years, has known he doesn’t fit, Greg, his best friend, are shipped off to the USA because they work their magic (figuratively) in the science research they perform but when they get there Jacob senses things are not exactly what it seems. He doesn’t trust the people he works with and the calling of his true heritage is so strong. He goes to Monument Valley and this is where his past meets our present in such a cataclysmic way you can not foresee the end, not even the power of the Ancient ones can.

I found the entire element of visions and the Ancient ones so fascinating, the mysticism and the power added to the thrill of the book. As you see science battle it out with magic, not talking magician pulling white rabbit magic, but pure unadulterated magic.

Whilst part of the book the tempo is slowed down while we get the background and the history, other elements just speed right on and by the end, the intensity of this book had been ramped. I didn’t know which way it would end, but I was happy with the ending we got. It worked. I can’t talk too much about the plot or Jacob or the circle of friends because it would be ruined. It’s good vs evil, it’s the end of the world Terminator-style and Jacob is the John Connor character in this book. Definitely gives you food for thought.

Until next time xxx

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About Amanda James

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

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4 responses to “Dancing in the Rain by Amanda James @amandajames61 #BookReview #Book3 #AuthorTakeOver

    • Zoé

      This is just something else! It was such a good read. Yeah I am, but also so behind on them. Lol . How are you doing?

  1. I wish I was more organised to start writing reviews as soon as I’ve finished reading 😀 😀 Great review Zoe. I hope you’re keeping well.

    • Zoé

      I try to because otherwise I will forget or I won’t bother. I have 2 library books I’ve not done the review for and I’m already over them lol. How are you doing? X