This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Unexpected Waltz
When Kelly Wilder becomes a widow, the theme that she hears from the lawyers is “nothing has to change”. Kelly, having been married to a wealthy man, a man who has made arrangements for Kelly to be taken care of- truly, nothing has to change. Kelly could live her life in the beyond comfortable fashion she has been living for the rest of her life.
Except for Kelly… things have to change. She’s tired just doing charity work, of making fancy tablescapes (table decorations) and of not feeling like she’s living. One day, after grocery shopping, Kelly does something she’s never done- shoplifted an apple. In the quest to return to to the store to pay for the apple, she walks in a dance studio. While she does not know it then, that apple led her to a life-changing experience.
When Kelly begins to take ballroom dancing lessons, her life begins to change- she begins to experience life, to feel better about things. After Kelly meets Carolina, a young woman in hospice, she begins to feel even more excited about her life. Carolina helps Kelly see things, that life is what you make of it.
Through dance, Kelly starts thinking about how marrying her husband was a “safe choice” and a reaction to a man who broke her heart. She begins to understand where she settled in life, the parts of life she just accepted- instead of chasing her goals and dreams. By learning to dance, Kelly finds herself.
At the dance studio, Kelly finds a family- she gets close to her dance teacher, Nic and feels a connection with him. She begins to make friends with some of the other dancers and learns to look beyond appearances,
Kelly ponders many things in THE UNEXPECTED WALTZ, the differences between wanting the bad guy and marrying the safe guy; how her life has changed from her younger days and to knowing that while her husband made it possible for life to not change; that going out on a limb and experiencing new things is what she needs.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Kim Wilder’s book, THE UNEXPECTED WALTZ, was a delight. I completely enjoyed the story, found myself invested in Kelly’s life. As Kelly begin to experience life and to admit that there were things about life she did not enjoy, choices she had made that she shouldn’t and times she had settled when she should not have- I enjoyed her musings, the lessons she learned.
The idea of ballroom dancing opening a new world to Kelly is fascinating. The plot, the characters- all made me want to flip the pages faster so I could find out how the book would end for Kelly.
Looking for a book that will give you something to think about after the last page is turned? A read that is light, yet poignant at times? A story that does not end in a predictable way? Then try THE UNEXPECTED WALTZ!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T from Gallery Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T