Tour de Force by Elizabeth White is an absolutely wonderful love story.

Using art to tell a story–that’s what the characters did in this delightful book that takes us into the world of NY professional ballet and gives us a realistic look behind the scenes–the good, the bad and the ugly.

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From the Back Cover
Gillian Kincade is a soloist with Ballet New York, a sought-after guest artist, and a committed Christian. Though she may be an anomaly in the world of dance, Gilly believes her devotion to God isn’t compromised by following her dreams. Then she meets Jacob Ferrar.

Jacob is the brilliant young artistic director of the Birmingham Ballet Theatre and a born-again Christian. When he offers Gillian the lead in his latest ballet she accepts, knowing it won’t necessarily further her career, but it will touch her soul.

On the chaotic road to opening night, Gilly and Jacob develop a deep professional respect for each other and begin to fall in love. Then their brilliant first performance is destroyed by a terrible accident, and suddenly both must face an uncertain future. Together, they dance the fine line between personal vision and God’s will, listening for the guidance of the Father’s heart.

Okay, so I want to be a ballerina, but I don’t have the body for it.  I never have, but for a few hours I  was transported to the world of dance–the beauty, the grace, the pain, the backstabbing, the jealousy–and enjoyed every minute of it.

You moms of ballerinas–this is the book for you. I could not put it down.