Friday, February 12, 2021

Review: A Christmas Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack

My rating: 3 stars / I liked it


One dance, once a year.

This defines Marta and David’s friendship from the moment they first meet at the Yuletide Ball. Now, dancing the annual Christmas Waltz is a tradition between the pair in which they agree to tell each other the truth about their lives. Over the years that follow, their lives take different directions, wrong turns, and heartbreaking spirals, but they never miss their chance to reconnect and encourage one another to live their best lives, even if they can’t live them side by side.

My Review

It's hard to know what to think of this novella. It's encompasses a variety of emotions as Marta and David cross paths only once a year over several years. Their story begins with hope and anticipation, descends into depression and despair, shows the value of true and lasting friendship, then rises again with healing and a predictable resolution. The storytelling was unique in that we only get glimpses of their lives outside of the few minutes they spend in the waltz. I enjoyed their personalities but it was a shame to miss out on the fullness of their life experiences, although that would have been a much longer story. It reads rather as a cautionary tale, but I loved the advice David give Marta one year when she shares her regrets over her marriage, "You did not make a mistake... You made a choice, and as every other person in the world, you are now charged with making the best of that decision, which is precisely what you will do." This story is less about romance, and more about both David and Marta making the best of their friendship when their choices result in the impossibility of more.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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