REVIEW: Red Dust Dancer by Eva Scott

Published: 25th September 2016

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Pages: 310

Format: Ebook

RRP: $4.99

4/5 Stars 

Everyone deserves a second chance—and another dance.

Tamsin Cooper’s career as a Parisian showgirl is coming to an end. Nearly thirty, with no boyfriend and no prospects of a family of her own, she decides to take up her inheritance—her Uncle Ted’s cattle farm in Queensland.

Farm life seems to be suiting her until Tamsin discovers that Uncle Ted had a secret—and her sexy neighbour Angus Walker helped him keep it.

Faced with losing her farm and her heart, Tamsin returns to what she knows best, dancing, and starts teaching the residents of Elliott’s Crossing how to get in touch with their inner showgirl.

She may have the dance moves, but can she shimmy past a forty-year-old lie and a betrayal of lost love to find her place—and rediscover love—in this country town?

As a dancer, Red Dust Dancer had all the makings of a perfect book for me: dancing, a good dash of romance, an Australian setting, mystery and intrigue.

Red Dust Dancer was the first of Eva Scott’s books that I’ve read and on the whole I really enjoyed it. Scott’s writing is full of beautiful description and vivid imagery that If I stopped for a second and closed my eyes, the story could literally dance its way across my eyelids. Her characters were honest and easy to relate too. The chemistry between the two leads – Tasmin and Angus – was sizzling and their romance combustible.

Scott has effortlessly contrasted and balanced the glitzy high life of Paris and the Moulin Rouge with a small country town in Red Dust Dancer, something I’ve seen few (if any) do well. The difference between Tasmin’s two lifestyles made excellent fodder for the narrative and made sure she butted heads with Angus Walker, her neighbour and on-and-off-again lover.

Personally I loved Tasmin’s stubbornness and her kind hearted nature (and the naming and protection of her animals) and I really admired her strength and go-get-them attitude that meant she never gave up, no matter how high the mountain she was facing seemed.

Likewise I loved the mystery and intrigue element of the story and kind of wished this was developed a bit more especially towards the end of the novel where it seemed slightly rushed and easily wrapped up.

All in all Red Dust Dancer was an exciting read about big personalities in small towns and learning to find your place in a world you are unfamiliar with.

 

To purchase a copy of Red Dust Dancer, visit the following online retailers:

Escape Publishing |  iBooks AUS | Amazon AUS | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Booktopia | Google Play |

To learn more about Eva Scott, visit the following social media websites:

Eva Scott’s Website |  Goodreads | Twitter | Escape Publishing |

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