Friday, 25 April 2014

Dancing Backward in Paradise *Book Review*

Dancing Backward In Paradise

Winner: Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction! 5 Star Clarion ForeWord Review!

Publisher: Musa (November 16, 2012)
Category: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction/ Southern Fiction
Available in: Print & ebook, 347 Pages

Life for Grace Place is all about sucking on “meat jerkys” and Lenny Bean, her handsome lover. Grace’s mother has loftier plans for her daughter. She insists that Grace save her money and move to New York City so she can find fame and fortune as an actress.

Grace works as a cleaning lady for wealthy Betty Ann Houseman so she can pool her pennies for the trip north. Betty Ann has a passion for men more pronounced than her overbite, and it isn’t long before she’s parting the sheets for Lenny Bean. But just before Grace leaves Hixson for New York City, she uncovers an insidious plot: the Bean family is trying to steal Betty Ann’s estate.

Grace flees to New York, where she faces her darkest hours. In a world of surprises, Grace truly discovers paradise.

About Vera Jane Cook:

Vera Jane Cook, writer of Award Winning Women’s Fiction, is the author of The Story of Sassy
Sweetwater, Lies a River Deep, Where the Wildflowers Grow, Dancing Backward in Paradise and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem.

Jane, as she is known to family and friends, was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan.

An only child, Jane turned to reading novels at an early age and was deeply influenced by an eclectic group of authors. Some of her favorite authors today are Nelson DeMille, Calib Carr, Wally Lamb, Anne Rice, Sue Monk Kidd, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Her favorite novels are too long to list but include The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Wuthering Heights, Look at Me, Dogs of Babel, The Bluest Eye, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Body Surfing, Lolita, The Brothers Karamazov, She’s Come Undone, Tale of Two Cities, etc., etc., etc.,

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What did i think of it?

When i was first asked to read the book, i wasnt sure that i would understand the literature, with it being set in the Southern parts of USA. but after reading the first few pages i was hooked. Grace Place was bought up in a trailer park by her parents and abusive grandfather. She is content with her life with Lenny and happy when they get engaged, but is it real? is Lenny really in love with her? Her mother has dreams of moving to New york, but it never happened to her so she pushes her dreams on to Grace. Grace is content with her life but decides to make her mother happy and goes of to New york, where she comes of age. There is a bit of language in the book and quite a few sexual comments, but it is all part of the story and it makes for a good book. well done Vera Jane Cook

I have been allowed to offer a book as a prize, this comes in the form of an Ebook and is open worldwide. Please be aware that the winner wont get the prize untill after the book tour finishes and it comes from a third party


  1. not sure I can name a @favourite' book...they're ALL my favourite while I'm reading them!

  2. I absolutely love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich


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