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‘Dance The Moon Down’ by Robert Bartram

Icon Image For The Teaser Tuesdays MemeTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by …

MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

  1. Open to a random page.
  2. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  3. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  4. Remember to share the title and author too.
  5. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.


My teaser lines from this book, come from near the 50% marker of my PDF copy, although as I haven’t actually read this far into the story yet, I was a little dismayed to find that the page I selected at random contains a massive spoiler for me, as I know the context in which the lines are written!! It doesn’t contain spoilers for anyone else, so it’s quite safe to read on …

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

Her three friends waited in expectant silence as Victoria began to read the brief note. It was always her habit to read a few lines first, just to become acquainted with the message before reading it out loud.

She didn’t speak the next morning, or all through breakfast. Neither did she speak when she went out onto the potato field. She knew the others were watching her, not knowing what to say or do, but she ignored them.

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a PDF of ‘Dance The Moon Down’, was gifted to me free of charge, by its author Robert Bartram.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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    • Hi Hilary,

      Thanks for deciding to visit Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people. so your visits will always be welcome and your comments appreciated.

      As I said, looking forward to find these teaser lines, exposed me to a huge spoiler in the story, which I would really rather not have done …. All I am going to say is “tissues at the ready for this portion of the story”

      Really enjoying the book so far, it is beautifully written.

    • Hi Valentina,

      The synopsis makes the premise of the story very clear, but don’t then be put off when you see that it is written by a man. The writing is very beautiful, descriptive, eloquent and certainly surpasses the quality of many female authors out there.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to catch up with you.

    • Hi Kimberly,

      I haven’t read a book about the wartime for ages, especially not World War One, so I am completely in the mood for this story.

      The fact that it especially focuses on the plight of the women left at home, is also unusual for this era, as at the start of hostilities, women in the UK are still not able to vote, which makes their situation so much more precarious than that of women in World War Two.

      I can see why this book may not have such great appeal for readers outside of the UK, however as a brilliant piece of social history, it is well worth the read.

      Thanks for stopping by today. I love ‘meeting’ new people and I will always value your visits and comments.

    • Hi Yvonne,

      ‘Dance The Moon Down’ isn’t quite the cozy mystery which you so obviously enjoy, however I do think that it is shaping up to be an excellent story, which you might very well consider adding to your reading list.

      There have already been some very sad and poignant moments and I suspect that there will be many more to come, however the stoicism of the female spirit will rise to the fore, I am sure!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always value your comments.

  • Having read and reviewed this myself I’m longing to read your thoughts on it.

    ‘He wanted her to be his wife, yet he would sacrifice his own happiness for her. He was a man who, like King Langward, had an inner strength that was so much more important than any physical strength.
    – Page 234, Blood Of Ancient Kings by V.J.O. Gardner.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I did check out your review and noted that you enjoyed ‘Dance The Moon Down’ as much as I am, although I am still not quite half way through yet. I love the descriptive style of writing and the sympathetic handling of a predominantly female themed story, by a male author.

      I love your teaser lines this week. I like a man with inner strength, who is willing to put other people’s feelings ahead of his own … I am not really into all this ‘macho’ male ego stuff! I did check out your book on ‘Goodreads’ and I am adding this one to my list … some of the books aimed at the YA market are just too good for children!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your lines, I appreciate your comments.

  • Ooops, sorry to hear it was a spoiler for you. It certainly doesn’t give much away for us 🙂 … Maybe in future only flick through pages you’ve read for the teaser?

    • Hi Nikki,

      I do generally try to do that, however I was such a short way into the book, that I thought any earlier lines probably wouldn’t be too much of a teaser … I shall definitely know better next time.

      The book is so good anyway, that I don’t really mind all that much, as the story leading up to this event is shaping up well, under Robert’s expert penmanship.

      Great to hear from you, I do hope that all is well and that you are feeling much better now.

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