Laura Watkin’s heart isn’t broken, she’s just forgotten how to use it.
After years on her own, the highlight of single mum Laura’s week is watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a large helping of imagination.
With her daughter Sophie going travelling, Laura knows the time is right to do something for herself for a change. One disastrous Zumba class later and Laura ends up at the feet (literally) of gorgeous dance instructor Tony Hernandez.
A natural dancer and inspiring teacher, Tony rekindles in Laura a passion she inherited from her ballroom dancer father – and with it comes a dream… to make him proud.
But when Tony enters them to perform at the National Dance Festival, can Laura’s new-found confidence survive the test? And with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn Flamenco in Spain, could Laura truly learn to dance like nobody’s watching… and love like she’ll never get hurt?
A laugh-out-loud, uplifting comedy about finding the courage to be yourself, the importance of dreams, and learning to grab life by the glitter balls.
* Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
And our favourite queen of romcom did it again. After that delicious lemon cake in her previous book, there is no danger for your weight this time, I’m afraid. Only for your hips! Because, this time, Sue Watson takes you to the ballroom, to the stage, to Spain, to the ultimate dance through the life!
Meet Laura. The mother of the bride. A single mother who has devoted her life to her only daughter and widowed mother. A woman who works in a supermarket by day and dreams about dancing at night. A woman who has spent so many extra hours at work so she can pay off her daughter’s wedding. But Laura decides to do something more than watching „Strictly Come Dancing“ on TV on Saturday night. She accepts her BFF Carole’s offer for Zumba lessons. As she finds out, Zumba is not really her thing, but there she meets Tony, who teaches dancing lessons. He reminds her of her father, so she gives his lessons a try. And so the journey begins.
From the very first moment, Tony becomes her gay best friend. He is always there, to push her to the limits, to watch the dancing shows with her, to listen when she talks, to tell her „Yes, you can“ when she says „I can’t“. With his dancing lessons he brings her back into the childhood when she was watching her parents dancing in the ballroom.
With every dancing lesson Laura becomes Lola, the dancing queen, a mature and confident woman who lives her life to the fullest, not just being a wallflower. Her passion for dancing takes her on a journey to Spain into the arms of a Latin lover. It takes her right in the ballroom where her parents were dancing, but mostly it teaches her a valuable lesson, to love herself and dance like nobody is watching.
Ms. Watson wouldn’t be our favourite romcom queen without her unique writing style and laugh-out-loud moments. I was reading alone in my yard and laughed so loud that my neighbour who was cutting the grass in his yard, stopped the machine and looked at me, all puzzled. Me, alone, laughing! I’ve must have looked very weird. Booknerds like me will understand me, though.
So, take a bottle of sangria, not a glass, a bottle, and let Lola take you on the dancefloor. You don’t need dancing shoes, barefoot will be just fine. Move your hips and you’ll forget all your problems. And with a friend like Tony, you can reach the stars. Just believe in yourself, and dance like nobody is watching! Enjoy this wonderful book!
My rating: 10/10