On Sale: November 7, 2014
Featuring: Lynne; Marta Selbryth; Steve
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Young Adult | Young Adult Romance
The Debut novel by award-winning author Paddy Eger
84Ribbons-FrontCover-WebMed A young dancer's realizes her
life long dream, if only for a while.
Seventeen year old Marta Selbryth realizes her dream of
becoming a professional dancer when the Intermountain
Company in Billings, Montana invites her to join their
season. As Marta's new life unfolds, she must learn to
not only the successes of dancing in the corps de ballet,
but the challenges and setbacks that might crush the dream
she's had for so long.
After a couple of mishaps, Marta settles into life in a
boarding house located near the ballet company. Her
landlady, Mrs. B., is friendly, reduces her rent when
Marta's offers to bake for the boarder and later allows
to use the basement as a practice studio. The two male
boarders are supportive; Carol, a fellow boarder, ignores
Marta spends her free time practicing when she's not
spending time with her new friends Lynne and Bartley,her
fellow corps dancers. Their time together becomes an
important lifeline through their first year.
Madame Cosper, the artistic director, is a demanding
Marta begins their association poorly when she makes a
disastrous choice. Expecting expulsion, Marta receives a
second chance in the form of dancing the unpopular
roles during the fall and winter performances.Marta
determines to dance every role with confidence in hopes of
proving to Madame that she's up for every challenge.
Steve, a young college man and a reporter, spots Marta
he's assigned to write an article about ballet for the
paper. He's attracted to her and begins his pursuit.Over
months ahead, he becomes her tour guide of the area and
attempts to convince Marta to be his girl. But her
focus is ballet and some of her adventures with him lead
problems with Madame Cosper.
Shortly after Christmas, everything changes for Marta,
Bartley and Steve. Significant events permanently
their lives. Each must deal with exhilaration and
as well as frustration and changes that test their ability
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