Dance Lessons - Aine Greaney

Released March 30, 2011

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

After her husband's tragic death, teacher Ellen Boisvert bumps into one of his Irish friends. She soon learns that much of her relationship with Fintan was based on a lie. Confused by his deception, Ellen decides to spend summer vacation in Ireland and unravel the truth.

In Gowna, Ellen finds his mother living on a quiet farm. The woman is not easy to get along with, but Ellen's determined to learn why Fintan claimed his mother was dead. During her time in Ireland, she's also able to confront her relationship with Fintan and come to terms with her own past.

Dance Lessons progresses fluidly, albeit slowly, through past, present, and even future. This is not a fast paced story, nor do I think it should have been. There are some surprises thrown in along the way. Readers learn more about Fintan, but also of the relationship between him and Ellen. There is lots of depth to their relationship that Ellen slowly reveals to her mother-in-law Jo.

Jo is a piece of work. I wanted to hate her, but given the situation, it's kind of hard to do so. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but read the book and you'll definitely understand.

All in all, Aine Greaney's Dance Lessons is a perfect choice for book groups. There's plenty to talk about and the setting is amazing.


  1. Hi Tracy,
    I can't find your personal e-mail here, so here I am posting on your blog. I just wanted to stop by and thank you for taking the time to read and appreciate my book, DANCE LESSONS. In the whole reader-publisher-writer triangle, it's readers like you who really matter.

    Aine Greaney

  2. You're right, I never did put my email here, so that's changed. Thanks! You're very welcome. You definitely increased my urge to go to Ireland. My grandparents were both Irish (County Cork) before moving to England. It's been a dream to go see where they were from.


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