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!
Regina Doman once again produces a novel worth reading out-loud. This time around, it is a retelling of the fairy-tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Rachel Durham is a teen-aged girl with six biological sisters and six stepsisters, as well as two half brothers. Unlike the previous three fairy tale novels, the heroine is a protestant from a very strict family; they are only allowed to wear skirts, and their privileges are very limited. When the girls decide to rearrange their bedroom, they discover a secret passageway to the beach, and like in the fairy-tale, it leads to midnight dances and boat-rides. Paul Fester, from "Waking Rose", is a friend of their father, and he follows the girls to discover what happens to them at night. Although the girls meet many friends, people can lie, and not all may be friends. In this novel, you will find adventure, mystery, and morals that make the book just a little bit darker, yet deeper than the other books in the "fairy-tale... More > novels" series.< Less
This book, like the legendary books before it, keeps you reading and wanting to know what happens next. The books has great lessons for girls and guys and will be a great adition to any book lover's shelf.
Though "the darkest" of Regina's Fairytale novels (from exterior to interior darkness), this one might be her best yet. Midnight Dancers is the story of twelve rebellious teenage girls, who do not want to follow the rules their father set out for them; in fact, they go directly against everything he has tried to instill in them, from bedtime to faith and morals. And then, when all hope seems lost, Paul Fester swoops in to save the day. This story approaches true love in a different way than its three predecessors. Rachel, the "princess" of the story, is far different from the two sweet and instantly loveable Brier sisters. She wants to do her own thing... live her own life. Paul Fester mirrors Christ-like love; he'll respect the bad choices of Rachel and her sisters, even though it means that he will have to suffer greatly as a result. A truly wonderful book. You don't want to miss out on this great read!
"A work of brilliance and depth" Why live in the light, when the night seems so irresistible? This is the question that "The Midnight Dancers" both asks and answers. The pull of the night lures twelve sisters out of their home of strict rules and dress codes into a tantalizing world of dancing, moonlight, and dashing "princes." But people are not always what they seem, and danger lurks in the darkness, waiting for one wrong step... In her latest book Regina Doman retells the beloved fairy-tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Only instead of princesses, we are introduced to the twelve daughters of Robert and Sally Durham. The Durhams, unlike previous heroines (who were all Catholic), belong to an extremely conservative Protestant church. The restrictions and limitations leave the girls with little to do and much to wish for. And the eldest daughter, Rachel, decides to make their wishes come true. When the girls discover a secret passageway in... More > their bedroom, they realize that they can slip out of the house at night without their parents knowledge. Quickly, swimming gives way to boating- and since the Durhams have no boats of their own, they must enlist the help of their guy friends. Of course this adds a whole new layer of forbiddenness to their midnight excursions. Twelve girls cannot dance the night away without being tired, nor can they contain a secret without their parents guessing that something is amiss. The concerned parents try everything they can think of to discover the secret but without success. At last, Mr. Durham enlists the help of a young friend from his military days. Enter Paul Fester. Fans of the previous Fairy-Tale novels will recognize Paul from Waking Rose as one of ninja/knights belonging to the Sacra Cor. Paul is a honest, straight forwards young man- not the kind of person that the girls would include on their nighttime adventures. So Paul must find another way to follow them. However a big part of this story is the trust between parent and child. And Paul wants the girls to tell their father themselves. He begins to win over the younger girls by involving them in his juggling act which they greatly enjoy. Rachel, however, remains suspicious and hostile towards him and as the eldest, she is the one that must decide to reveal the secret. This, of course is the last thing that she wants to do... Like the other fairy tale novels, this story brilliantly combines the familiar of the everyday with the enchantment of extraordinary happenings. Unlike the other books, however, there is more depth and less mystery, which makes a story that is more thought-provoking, though no less engaging. What Paul understands is that the girls flee to the darkness because they have not been introduced to the beauty of the light. The restrictions of their parents (and church) have left them with little to occupy their time. Their reading material is severely limited- and Rachel, who is quite adept with her needle, would love to be a fashion designer, but knows her father would never let her. Without things to interest them and occupy their time in an engaging way, the girls become bored and turn to other, more dangerous things for amusement. There is a lot to ponder in this. At what point does adherence to biblical standards become legalism? What are the dangers of legalism? Why is it good to have activities and hobbies besides simply work and exercise? (continue reading at http://elenatintil.blogspot.com/2008/06/midnight-dancers.html )< Less
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