About the Book
Author: Paddy Eger
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Number of Pages: 278
Synopsis: The Story Continues in When the Music Stops: Dance On
Martas life: Part Two. Marta struggles to regain her ability to dance. As she finds a job to support herself, her dance and her personal life takes several unexpected and harrowing turns. Will she be able to find a deeper well of strength to meet these new challenges head-on?
Eighteen year-old Marta Selbryth remained in Billings, Montana until she realized she'd need an extended recovery time before she'd be able to return to dancing. As the story begins, it's May, 1958 and Marta's returned to her family home in Bremerton, Washington. Her plan: work on her recovery and make decisions about her future as a dancer as well as her relationship with her boyfriend, Steve Mason.
It's true, it is hard to go home after being on your own, but Marta's mother welcomes her and lets her discover her own way forward. However, Marta feels displaced by her mom's special friend, Robert. Being alone and lonely, she wanders aimlessly through her days and nights. When she takes a job with the local community theatre, her energy returns. Her enthusiasm further reignites when her former ballet teacher, Miss Holland, invites Marta to teach at her dance studio.
Over the fall, winter and into spring, a series of unexpected events at the dance studio and in Marta's romantic relationships throw her life in chaos. She must rethink what and who she wants and needs in her life as well as how much she's willing to forfeit to achieve her goals. Read the first chapter...
Marta returns home after her devastating injury. She spends much of her time in deep depression over the loss of a professional dance career. When her mom finally convinces her to visit Mrs. Holland at the dance studio, Marta discovers a brilliant opportunity awaiting her. However, she must make some difficult choices, ones that will effect the rest of her life. Will Marta uncover the happiness that has been there all along?
The continuation of Marta's life after professional ballet is a heartwarming story of self discovery and personal growth that ultimately leads to a fulfilling life full of new hopes and dreams. When the Music Stops: Dance On is a wonderful sequel to the author's first book, 84 Ribbons. I greatly enjoyed Marta's story as she experienced the ups and downs of growing up and rejoiced when she blossomed into a confident young woman with a bright future. The array of characters are complex and well developed and the writing flows gracefully across the pages easily captivating readers.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.