On her blog, Judy describes Dancing in the Shadows of Love as “a novel of hope and mystery.” I would describe it as haunting. The women and their stories will stick with you long after you’ve put down the book. The world Lulu, Jamila and Zahra live in is foreign to me, but their emotions and fears and quest for love are not.
For me, it was like entering a strange world where things are a bit upside down and new to me, but each day I was compelled to go back and continue reading, to find out what would happen to them. Of the three women, Lulu is the one who threads their lives together. Lulu, an albino, has always been a victim of prejudice. She was even imprisoned for ten years for a murder she did not commit. Because of that betrayal, she learns to hate and distrust. It’s only after she is released and experiences love at the Court of St. Jerome that she begins to trust again. But is her trust deserved? In a synopsis of the book, Judy Croome wrote:
For me, the pull of this book was the characters, the setting, the strange, new-to-me world and the unexpected turns the story takes. I suspect I’ll read it again, just to visit Lulu, Jamila and Zahra.Nothing, however, is as it seems and Lulu discovers that love does not always wear the face of the one you yearn to call beloved.
Dancing in the Shadows of Love
For anyone wanting to know more about Judy Croome and Dancing in the Shadows of Love, check out Judy’s blog.
To promote her book, Judy is giving away some great prizes, including a critique of your manuscript, with 3 months post-critique mentorship, an Amazon voucher and books and all kinds of stuff. You have until the end of this month to enter.
You can also check out the book trailer.
I give Dancing in the Shadows of Love a rating of Hel-of-a-Writer. I’m definitely amazed by Judy Croome’s writing.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: Judy Croome gave me a copy of the book, but this did not influence my review. She did not even request a review. But isn’t it something that a woman in Johannesburg, South Africa, can write a book and in a couple of clicks I, in Texas, can be reading that book within minutes (seconds if I’d known what I was doing). If I’d had an iPad like my husband, I would have finished it a whole lot sooner. Maybe next year. Christmas is only about a half year away!