Jacqueline Diamond delivers a heartfelt novel about learning what your heart really wants and then going after it. In this novel, Kerry Guthrie is an up and coming ballerina with the New American Ballet. She is engaged and has just had the dance of her lifetime, the dance that could propel her to stardom. Then the unthinkable happens and on what she thinks is the greatest night of her life, she is in a tragic accident that costs her the use of her legs. With time and a lot of hard work, Kerry learns to walk again, but knows that she will never be up to the rigors of being a professional ballerina. Kerry moves to the West Coast and teaches ballet to students at Leaps and Bounds studio. She hopes one day to get back to dancing.
What Kerry does not expect is to find herself drawn to the father of one of her students. Chris Layne is a cop and his daughter, Melanie, is the most promising female high school student at the studio. Chris takes his relationship with his daughter very seriously. He is a single parent and wants only the best for Melanie. When Kerry begins to talk about Melanie going to New York City in order to pursue ballet as a career, Chris isn’t sure what to think, but since talking about it means he gets to spend time with the attractive ballerina, he is willing to listen.
The chemistry between Kerry and Chris is apparent from the first time we see them together. They are definitely attracted to each other. What adds to the drama of the story is all the baggage that they both carry and how they have to work through that before even being able to consider a relationship. Kerry has to decide whether or not she is going to pursue her dancing professionally or if she is going to find another way to use her talent. Is she ready to say that her career is over or can she fight through the pain enough to make a comeback?
Chris has to work through his own insecurities due to the previous relationship he had with his wife and how that ended. Chris needs to be able to trust that Kerry’s feelings are real. For him, Melanie is also a concern. He wants her to be a normal teenage and to have the experiences that normal girls her age have, but when she starts dating, he struggles with what that means and how to accept it. He is also coping with a case of racism and harassment of an Arabic family which calls him away and adds frustration since he can’t find the culprits.
These two people have a lot on their plates and finding out how to listen to their hearts and do what really makes them happy is the journey that this book takes us on. It is not an easy journey, but one well worth the trip.