Miss Wil­ton’s Waltz

Josi S. Kil­pack

Foreword Reviews - - Reviews - CLAIRE FOSTER

Shadow Moun­tain Pub­lish­ing (MAY) Soft­cover $15.99 (352pp) 978-1-62972-413-3

Miss Wil­ton’s Waltz is a lovely, nu­anced ro­mance that shows how cre­at­ing a re­la­tion­ship with one­self is just as im­por­tant as fall­ing in love with some­body else.

Lenora Wil­ton is no shrink­ing vi­o­let. At first look, she eas­ily could be an Austen hero­ine. She plays the pi­anoforte, strug­gles might­ily with shy­ness, and knows she’s un­likely to marry. After Lenora is jilted by her only mar­riage prospect, she finds her­self free to take a dif­fer­ent path: “One of in­de­pen­dence, con­fi­dence, and com­fort in my own com­pany.” At a girls’ school in Bath, Lenora meets Ai­den Asher, a man who rec­og­nizes her in­de­pen­dent spirit. With Ai­den, Lenora finds it easy to open up and be her­self. How­ever, the things they don’t say to one an­other threaten their ro­mance.

Miss Wil­ton’s Waltz is proper with­out be­ing de­mure. Lenora’s ro­mance with Ai­den in­cludes some breath­tak­ing mo­ments and un­de­ni­able chem­istry. The book rarely crosses the line into phys­i­cal in­ter­ac­tions, which makes Lenora’s ex­plo­ration of her own val­ues and de­sires that much more ex­cit­ing. The then-scan­dalous waltz shared by Ai­den and Lenora is an ex­cel­lent mo­ment in this beau­ti­fully crafted ro­mance.

Josi S. Kil­pack, also the au­thor of The Lady of the Lakes and twenty-four other nov­els, has a deft touch for char­ac­ter­i­za­tion. Lenora, Ai­den, and other char­ac­ters are vi­brant and well drawn. In each scene, Kil­pack plays with fa­mil­iar stereotypes—the prim head­mistress, the in­so­lent stu­dent—but makes them feel fresh and re­lat­able. The book in­cludes char­ac­ters who cope with anx­i­ety and a learn­ing dis­abil­ity.

Al­though Lenora ini­tially finds com­fort in do­ing the right thing, her ad­ven­ture truly be­gins when she learns to do what is right for her. Miss Wil­ton’s Waltz charms in ev­ery chap­ter.

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