A brilliantly compelling Liverpool saga following the lives of two women - three generations apart. Millie Cameron is not at all pleased when she finds herself obliged to sort through the belongings of her aunt Flo, who has recently died.
She hardly knew her aunt and besides, she has her own career to think about.
But when she arrives at Flo's basement flat, Millie's interest is awakened.
As she sorts through her aunt's collection of photographs, letters and newspaper cuttings she finds herself embarking on a journey - a journey to a past which includes a lost lover and a secret child. Picking through the tangled web of Flo's life, Millie makes the startling discovery that all the threads lead to herself...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/06/2000
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752834436
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Review by DeltaQueen50
Dancing in the Dark by Maureen Lee is a romance story that jumps back and forth in time between two women. Flo Clancy a young woman who tragically falls in love with a married man which causes heartbreak and troubles through three generations. Millie Cameron, who is Flo’s great-niece, was asked to sort through Flo’s stuff when she passed away, and while sorting through Flo’s things discovers secrets that change her whole life.The book follows Flo through the World War II years in Liverpool and on through her life. It also tells Millie’s story, her harsh upbringing and her coming face to face with these dark family secrets. Personally I never felt overly connected to any character. Flo, with her bad choices usually made me want to smack her and Millie was so guarded and uptight that it was difficult to break through and find a sympathetic character underneath her false front. Many of the events in the book felt a little forced and unbelievable so I wasn’t drawn into the story. I suspect that this will be a book that I will have trouble recalling in a few months as I found nothing memorable about it.I usually enjoy Maureen Lee’s books, but Dancing In the Dark will not be added to my list of this author’s favorite books.