Book Review: Dance Me a Revolution by Marsha Mildon


My review:

First, thank you to Marsha Mildon for sending me a copy of her book, Dance Me a Revolution, in exchange for an honest review. 

I am an avid reader of history and historical fiction and while not falling neatly into the definition of historical fiction, which most agree is 50 plus years, this book is full of what will be history. Set in the high Andes Mountains of Peru, primarily in 1989, there are flashbacks to 1979, a pivotal year for main character, Rosa Amura, a former terrorist. 

The author first enchants us with descriptions of the Andean region where Rosa and her family live. Stories from their ancient past, the glory days of the Incan Empire, are threaded through the book. I really enjoyed learning about the life of the campesino, the peasant farmer, and their relationship to the land and the belief system of the Incas which persists in modern times. 

I love food and love to read about food so I was happy to discover the author includes many meals and descriptions of their outdoor living style as the family cooks and eats in a protective courtyard. 

The story centers on Rosa who works for her uncle leading treks for intrepid explorers. Kelly is a Canadian film maker who is never without her camcorder or camera. Tony, is an American serviceman, Coastguard. Both are more than they present themselves to be. 

As their trek begins, Rosa's past comes back to not just haunt her, but to confront her with her past deeds but also draw her back into the terrorist fold. To protect her family she must decide what path her life will take and then fight to maintain it. 

Dance Me a Revolution is a well-written, well-edited novel that slowly builds in tension and drama. The author peels back the hardened shell of her characters to reveal their hidden stories. 

I really enjoyed this book, I was unfamiliar with Peru and feel I now know a little bit about what seems to be a magnificent country. If I had one complaint about this book, it would be the dialogue which I sometimes found a bit awkward and unrealistic. Otherwise it's a great read. 

Readers with an interest in South America, arm-chair travelers, and  those interested in a well-told tale will enjoy this book. Highly recommend. 


I give this book 4 1/2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐✯


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