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This tender, emotionally compelling coming of age journey by Marti Eicholz follows a young woman from lowly origins to her final success as a dancer and composer of ballets. An Angel with Secrets begins with Angel’s birth in the prison where her pregnant mother has just been incarcerated. After living with her father and his girlfriend, she runs away and begins a new life as Angie, one of many adopted by the owner of a local children’s home. Angie finds her passion in dance and travels to New York and Europe to pursue a degree in ballet, but her life is not complete until she finds out the place a mysterious woman named Mary might have in her life.
An Angel with Secrets is a pleasant, entertaining chick-lit read. Perfect for a cozy hour or two spent curled up in a window-seat with a book, it transports readers from the street neighborhoods of drug addicts and criminals to the romantic, prismatic world of dance. I loved Marti Eicholz’s attention to the art form—ballets are lovingly and accurately described, with vivid, succinct language that brings Angie’s world to life. Friends and family form a delightful, poignant cast around a thoroughly believable girl learning life lessons in perseverance and emotional honesty and the vivid situations make this book an ideal match for anyone interested in the performing arts, or just readers looking for a lovely drama about a young woman pursuing her dreams. Marti Eicholz is definitely an author to put on your list if you’re a ballet aficionado.
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