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Dancing In The Lowcountry
by James Villas
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Kensington, 2008 (2008)

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* *   Reviewed by Joan Burton

Dancing In the Lowcountry is set in the warm, lush, beauty of South Carolina. The story centers on Ella Dubose, a Southern lady of days gone by. In her mid-seventies, Ella wants nothing more than to be in total control of her own life. Lately, her two youngest adult children have had concerns about Ella's forgetfulness and her wandering mind. Tired of all their questions and meddling, Ella decides to leave home for a holiday.

Ella and her companion Goldie, a Cherokee Indian, head out on a road trip to Myrtle Beach. Years ago when her husband was alive and their three children just youngsters, they would vacation at the beach and stay at The Priscilla, a beautiful inn on the ocean. Now Ella is returning there, and her oldest son Tyler, living in New York, agrees to meet the ladies for some rest and relaxation.

Both Ella and Tyler are keeping secrets from each other and each one tells themself that this holiday would be a good time to talk about the past and the present. Since arriving at the inn, Ella has met a handsome doctor from New Jersey. He has helped Ella to decide which secrets to tell and which are better left unspoken. Overwhelmed by memories, Ella recalls the two men who helped shape her life.

Dancing In the Lowcountry takes us back to a time when people danced the Carolina Shag and dressed up for dinner. The story moves smoothly between Ella and Goldie at The Priscilla, and Ella reminiscing about growing up in the area. As Ella braces herself to tell Tyler the truth about his life, she considers her own life and the new man who is challenging her future. Rich in Southern culture and tradition, the story reads like a vacation. Enjoy!

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