I hesitated to read this book because in the description it talked about a couple trying to adopt after struggling with infertility. I thought that might hit too close to home to be a good "escape", but Big Bear's aunt read it and told me I was safe. She was right. That plays a very small part in the book. I have read three books by this author now and have loved every one of them. I was down to the last 60 pages last night and made myself go on to bed so I could read the end without being tired and almost asleep. I woke up this morning and immediately devoured the rest.
Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her.
As the questions and background checks come one after another, Molly worries that the truth she's kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but also her marriage. She ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved: her mother, the woman who raised her and who Molly says is dead but is very much alive; her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues; and the father she adored, whose troubling death sent her running from the small community of Morrison Ridge.
Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a future filled with promise, she discovers that even she doesn't know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders.
Told with Diane Chamberlain’s compelling prose and gift for deft exploration of the human heart, Pretending to Dance is an exploration of family, lies, and the complexities of both.