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‘Dance The Moon Down’ by Robert Bartram

It was during the spring of 1910 that it became the subject of heated debate between Victoria’s parents as to whether or not she should attend university and continue her education. Her father had been a staunch advocate of the idea, whilst her mother had vigorously opposed it.

Eventually, her father had prevailed, but in spite of their differences, both had their daughter’s best interests at heart. However, it was scarcely possible that either of them could have foreseen that this innocuous decision would be the catalyst for a sequence of events that would ultimately propel Victoria from her staid suburban life into a world she was totally unprepared for.

Victoria appears to have a very progressive thinking father, who would even consider the need to further a daughter’s education in 1910 and who is also a person of substantial standing and wealth, to be able to do so.

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This story offers such an interesting perspective on a topic which is acutely relevant right now, coming up as it is to the 100th Anniversay of World War One in 2014.



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    • Hi Vonnie,

      I am so pleased to see that ‘Dance The Moon Down’ has received nothing but critical acclaim and excellent ratings and reviews, on both sides of The Atlantic, which is no mean feat.

      I haven’t actually started reading yet, however it is the next book on my pile, so it sounds as though I have something to look forward to.

      I am so pleased that you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by to let me know.

      Have a good weekend.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      I believe that war used to be a leveller in society, bringing all classes together against the common enemy, although I am not so sure that idiom applies any more.

      It is true that university does change lives and fortunes however; although in my opinion, it has never really succeeded in totally iradicating social and class inequalities.

      Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and comments.

      Have a good weekend.

    • Hi Sandra,

      I see from your own post this week, that you are levelling much the same criticisms at my author, as you did your own featured author Louisa May Alcott.

      I have to admit that I am the world’s worst at composing long sentences and I love descriptive words and passages, so for me these opening lines conjure up the perfect picture. Also, I do like formal speech, using The Queen’s English, when reading this type of paragraph.

      Don’t get me wrong, I am really not that much of a dinosaur and I realise that this is not the modern style used by the majority of editors these days. I can also fully appreciate the use of the short, staccato, punchy words and sentences, used in the right time and place, so for me, there is room for both styles in my reading schedule.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments and have a great weekend,

    • Hi Gilion,

      I haven’t actually started the book yet, but it would appear that the story is initially set in pre First World War England, as the build-up against Germany starts becoming mobilsed.

      With the outbreak of war in 1914, I know that Gerald ‘joins up’ and susequently goes ‘missing in action’, somewhere in France, however I am pretty certain that the majority of the action takes place in England.

      Thanks for hosting and taking the time to stop by participating blogs, your comments are always valued.

      Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It is surprising just how little fiction has been written about World War One, aside from the indescribable horrors witnessed and endured by those men who fought and died in the trenches.

      The issues and plight of a nation of women left at home to survive in the best way they could, has been much more fully documented when it comes to World War Two, so with ‘Dance Down The Moon’, I think that Robert is hoping to redress the balance a little.

      Those opening lines are an excellent start to what promises to be an emotional and thought provoking journey.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

      • THANKS for stopping back to my blog.

        GRACIANNA was very good. I hope you get to read it.

        And…yes…odd that we both had war books.

        THANKS for the information about the remembrances in the UK.


        • I don’t always get as much time as I would like to blog hop.

          However I do love to visit everyone and by making a point of returning all the comments I receive, it makes me spend some quality time checking out your more recent posts.

          ‘Gracianna’ is definitely on my list and I am off to check out the Diane Setterfield short story.

          Have a great Sunday.

  • I might well look out for Dance The Moon Down as it sounds like the sort of writing I would enjoy. I have just enjoyed a catch up of recent posts as promised, my apologies for lack of comments recently. Although I am well, thanks for asking, life is still very surreal and at times I find concentrating difficult. Slowly getting back to a more normal life though.

    • Hi Linda,

      I know this may sound rather trite, as I can only imagine how you must be feeling, but after 34 years of marriage, I know how I would be feeling right now. It must be a good sign, that you are beginning to follow blogs and comment once again. We are all here for you and I for one, will always value your visits and comments

      ‘Dance The Moon Down’ is going to be my kind of book I think. I really enjoy good descriptive writing and a narrative which is written expressively, using good vocabulary. Don’t get me wrong, contemporary writing and language has its place and you certainly can’t deny its existence any more, however it will make a nice change to read something a little more literary.

      Thanks for stopping by with your thoughts, speak soon.

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