Library Journal Review
At 45, Carlson (beauty & health director, Town & Country magazine) was stuck--in her words, "half-dead." Once a competitive ballroom dancer, she gave up that pursuit for a more traditional life as wife, mother, and writer/editor. Exhausted with juggling her roles, despondent over a failing marriage, and feeling she could do better, she was ashamed of not celebrating the good fortunes in her life--a glamorous job, healthy children, and a comfortable lifestyle. When her husband gave her a Valentine's Day gift of refresher ballroom dancing lessons, she began a challenging but ultimately life-affirming journey toward self-awareness. Through the partnership that is ballroom dancing, she gained insight on relationships and rediscovered passion, self-expression, confidence, and trust. At the end of the book, two years have passed, and Carlson is a single parent, comfortable with who she is and looking forward, with optimism, to each new day. This honest and heartfelt memoir will have limited appeal to dancers or dance fans, but it will resonate with women in their forties and fifties who have lost a sense of self in the midst of trying to be the perfect wife and mother. Recommended for public libraries.--Joan Stahl, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
A couple of decades ago, the author was a competitive ballroom dancer who chose to leave dancing to raise a family; at the time, there was the feeling that competitive dancing might not be what most people would consider an appropriate career for a young woman. Later, after she had become a successful magazine editor, with a husband and children, she nevertheless felt unfulfilled, as though her life was missing some vital part of herself. Then, on Valentine's Day, her husband gave her a gift of ballroom-dancing classes, and Carlson took the first step on the road to finding herself again. This is one of those rediscovering-myself memoirs, capably written and occasionally moving, if ultimately familiar to readers familiar with the increasingly popular genre. Thanks to the recent high profile of competitive ballroom dancing both on television and in films it's likely that the milieu of the story may attract more interest than the voyage to self-discovery.--Pitt, David Copyright 2008 Booklist