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24 March 2015

Fiona McIntosh: The Last Dance

An intriguing story of family secrets and deception
This is a thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing story by talented author Fiona McIntosh time set in 1930's England. Stella, an impoverished but well educated young woman takes a job as a French/Piano governess/tutor to support her much younger brother and sister.

It all starts with a chance meeting with an unusual man at a Piccadilly ballroom who orchestrates a job with the wealthy but strange Ainsworth family at their huge home in Sussex. While Douglas Ainsworth welcomes her, his wife and teenage daughter don't want her help. Slowly Stella learns something about the family secrets and more about the world of the mysterious Douglas.

Things come to a head when Douglas decides to take his whole family and Stella on a cruise calling at North Africa, Egypt and the Holy Land leading to two unexpected endings. MonicaD read and enjoyed her previous book NIGHTINGALE and considers that this one is as good if not better.

Five star by MonicaD and four star by Suncoast.

Thanks to Penguin Australia for an advanced copy of this book for review.

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