**This post was originally posted on July 25**
One of my favorite parts of book blogging is interacting with the authors. I have a small amount of awe for all the authors I’ve reviewed. The ones that have been my favorite are the ones who put a little of themselves into the books they write. I haven’t met Alli, but after reading this book, I feel like I have. As I read this book, it was obvious how much heart and soul went into creating this love story.
The first part that impressed me was the dual pov. Telling one story well is hard, and telling two stories well is almost impossible. Sinclair does a fantastic job telling and connecting both stories. I enjoyed reading about Viktoriya and learning about the history of the time period. Sinclair did a good job showing us what life was like without any major info dumps that sound more like a history class than a novel. I enjoyed the interplay between Lily and Yves. I felt their connection and passion. The storyline about Lily and her sister was very realistic and it wasn’t until almost the reveal moment that I figured out the twist in their story (sorry no spoilers here- read the book to see what I mean).
The plot pushed me forward to the end. This was one of those “just one more chapters” kind of books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
In the City of Light, one dancer must confront her fears about love and loss before she can step into a brighter future . . .
Lily Johannson has returned to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, with two goals in mind: to overcome the grief surrounding her fiancé’s death, and to make amends with her estranged sister, Natalie, also a ballerina. But when Lily meets charming composer Yves Rousseau, he is convinced she has a third mission—as his muse . . .
Struggling to finish a score about an infamous Ballets Russes dancer from 1917, Yves believes Lily is meant to help him. Despite her resistance, she is swept once more into the exhilarating arms of the dance—and into Yves’ passionate embrace. But when her sister is cast as the infamous dancer and begins to imitate her tragic life, she soon goes missing. Now Lily and Yves must set out to find her—and along the way face their own demons, while also discovering that art, like love, should not be abandoned so easily . . .
Alli Sinclair is a multi award-winning author who spent her early adult years traveling the globe, intent on becoming an Indiana Jones in heels. She scaled mountains in Nepal, Argentina, and Peru, rafted the Ganges, and rode a camel in the Sahara. Argentina and Peru became her home for a few years and when she wasn’t working as a mountain or tour guide, Alli could be found in the dance halls dancing the tango, salsa, merengue, and samba.
All of these adventures made for fun storytelling and this is when she discovered her love of writing. Alli’s stories capture the romance and thrill of exploring new destinations and cultures that also take readers on a journey of discovery.
Alli volunteers as an author role model with Books in Homes, promoting literacy and reading amongst young people.
To find out more about Alli, please visit www.allisinclair.com