Rachel Durham, 18, is tired of her father and stepmother’s staid morality and pristine prosperity. The summer of her senior year, she’s more than ready for a walk on the wild side, and the door opens - literally - when she and her eleven sisters and stepsisters discover a secret passageway out of their historic home on the Chesapeake Bay. Paul Fester, juggler-cum-ninja, embarks on a risky balancing act to gain the girls’ trust – and to make Rachel see that splitting her life between night and light is a dangerous dance. Book Four in Doman's popular Fairy Tale Novel series.
another great read from Regina Doman. This is the third such book I have read by this author....which speaks for itself...i really enjoyed this novel .At times feeling attached to some 0f the characters to the point of being "annoyed " with some of their choices. I would have liked to help them along....a good read for young adults to encouage them to live an authentic life.
This book is probably the darkest of Regina Doman's novels, more suited to late teens & young adults than the earlier books. As with the other books in the series however, this is a skillfully written story with a message. Amazingly, the story is equally engaging for parents as it is for children. The characters are all very believable, and very relevant to our culture today. Paul Fester, and his "redemption" of the Durham family is a strong link to Christ's redemption of the world. Not only does it deal with the darker side of growing up, the struggle with perceived right and wrong, and the struggles with church groups. This book also gives a fascinating insight into the relationship between teenage children and their parents, and how a broken relationship can be repaired. Having taken karate lessons myself, I can also appreciate the references to martial arts. This story does a marvelous job of illustrating that the meditation used in martial arts can co-exist with the... More > Catholic faith, and even be mutually beneficial. And love the Hail Mary in Japanese - although personally I'd still say it in Latin! Highly recommended for late teens, young adults, and parents of all ages!< Less
I've read this book over and over again. It's just so...GOOD. (Note to those who've read the book - I did not say nice). One of the main characters, Paul Fester, who we met back in Waking Rose, is such an interesting charcter, to me. I love finding all the different parallels between him and Christ. Amazing. I love how this book shows very clearly what is good and what is evil. We need more books like this in our society today. Thanks for doing such a great job, Regina!
"The Midnight Dancers" is a wonderful addition to the Fairy Tale Novel Series. Regina Doman does a marvelous job of showing how living in a family, where everything is done "right", can sometimes become tiring and boring. The twelve sisters in this story are unsatisfied with the "Christian" way of life their Father has taught them. Through the course of the story the sisters meet a young Catholic man who lives his Christian faith with joy, courage, and determination. The sisters learn that one can choose to live joyfully as a Christian. One cannot have another person force you to be a Christian. This book is excellent, and I would highly recommend it to all Christians!
This is another beautiful work by Regina Doman! We leave behind the stories of Blanche, Bear, Fish and Rose for the new tale of the life of Paul Fester, a student introduced in "Waking Rose". Paul has left Mercy College for army life, but this story begins after a skirmish in Iraq where he meets Colonel Durham. Paul returns to the States on leave and finding himself in the area, pays Colonel Durham a visit, setting into motion the events that propel the rest of this amazing book. It is a bit darker than the other books and not one that I would instantly recommend for younger readers, but all in all I give this sweet story ten stars!
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