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SHALL WE DANCE

Sweet book.  I cried at the end. 

Shirley

SHALL WE DANCE

Love the story.  I bought it for all my grand kids. 

Susie

SHALL WE DANCE

Brought tears  to my eyes.  Really nice story.

Shawn

It has been said many times that life is like a dance. There’s the waltz, the foxtrot, the swing, and many other dances that swirl us around through life. A little boy shares a love of dance with his Grandma Ging Ging. From the time he was a baby, Ging Ging would dance with the boy every time they were together. And, with each new dance she taught him, she sang her special song, “Dance when you get the chance, dear one…” As the two share wonderful milestones such as a first bike ride, making pizza from scratch, and the wedding dance, the boy never forgets. Even when Ging Ging is too old to dance, he lifts her up and twirls her around in his arms, singing his own version of Ging Ging’s song, “You danced when you had the chance, dear one…” 

Tears in your eyes yet? They are in mine. There is a special bond that a child shares with a grandmother, a bond of unconditional love and joy, laughter and tears, and dancing, singing, and playing together. Ingrid Deringer brings it all together so eloquently in her touching picture book story, Shall We Dance? More compassionate and emotional than Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever, this book will touch the hearts of young and old alike. I love the song that is repeated throughout, the song that the boy, now a man, re-words to honor his Grandma Ging Ging. The plot begins with the boy as a baby, a two-year-old, a teenager, a young man, and the most touching moment of all when he gathers Ging Ging into his arm when she is too old to dance on her own two feet. The illustrations are lovely, subtle, and sweet, just like the story. Absolutely beautiful. Loved it.

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

"IF I COULD LIVE AGAIN is an incredible novel that is guaranteed to move and inspire its readers from the very beginning to the very end. If I Could Live Again is an exceptional book written by C. Ingrid Deringer that entertained and captivated me from the start. If I Could Live Again was captivating to me from the start thanks to the premise of the story and the bewitching literature courtesy of the author, C. Ingrid Deringer who from the beginning hooked me with her fantastic story that stands out amongst its genre! It is rare to find a novel that combines the themes this book does, and that is refreshing to me, and it is even more challenging to discover a story that does not rely on cliches! And so that is why I already recommend this book to you lovely readers; however, if you need more convincing, then continue to read to learn more!

If I Could Live Again is a beautiful and exceptional novel that will take its readers on a stellar journey from start to finish. If I Could Live Again will take its readers on a journey that spans nearly a hundred years. The reader will be taken back in time to 1925 and it is here we meet Margaret, a talented singer who is growing up in an abusive home. Margaret dreams of fulfilling her dreams of becoming a singer-songwriter but life has other plans.

Fast forward to 2015 and the reader meets Sarah, who eventually learns of Margaret and feels a spiritual bond and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible If I Could Live Again!

The premise of If I Could Live Again is exceptional, original, and beyond captivating! I loved the many themes and elements explored throughout the book, and all themes are explored by C. Ingrid Deringer wonderfully, and she does this by lacing these interesting themes throughout the text flawlessly and weaving them with the story. The result of this makes If I Could Live Again a highly addictive and fascinating read that is never once lackluster or predictable.

C. Ingrid Deringer is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp her reader’s attention from the first page. C. Ingrid Deringer decides to thrust her reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is instantly captivated and immersed. I personally love this approach, what is the point of having a long build-up with little excitement? This is only necessary if the author in question can’t develop the characters in the story quickly, but with If I Could Live Again, the reader will not encounter this issue because C. Ingrid Deringer instantly develops her characters and makes the reader invest in not only them but also their journey!

To conclude my thoughts on the wonderful book If I Could Live Again, I would say If I Could Live Again is a wonderful, compelling, and thought-provoking novel that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights and so I, of course, have to award this stellar gem of a book five stars! So be sure to have a read of the preview below and check out this novel as it is great and should not be missed!"

Red Headed Book Lover

IF I COULD LIVE AGAIN

"I loved this book.  But it should come with a box of tissues. Heart wrenching! "

Marion L

IF I COULD LIVE AGAIN

"I really enjoyed this book. It stirred up so many emotions in me as I read it. Ingrid, you were right about the Kleenex and that they would be needed. Through the sadness of abuse, happiness of the love and relationships, suspense of the spiritual aspect and dreams coming true, the emotions flowed."

Linda T

IF I COULD LIVE AGAIN

"OMG, I couldn't put your book down. I 've cried, laughed, angry, happy, sad, all the emotions while reading your book.  What a fantastic novel! "

Suzanne H @waxinggirl

IF I COULD LIVE AGAIN

"If I Could Live Again by C. Ingrid Deringer starts in 1925, spans three generations, and begins with the story of eight-year-old Margaret McLean who lives on a farm in Nova Scotia with her family. The little girl loves to write songs and rhymes about leaving her unhappy home and abusive father. Margaret enjoys spending time with her mentor, Aunt Beatrice, and loves going to school. Her teacher Mrs. Edna McDonald nurses the wounds on Margaret’s little body. Margaret’s father needs her to help on the farm and takes her out of school in grade six. Aunt Beatrice helps Margaret to complete her schooling and gives Margaret a diary in 1931 to record her life. Through determination and strength, Margaret makes her own way in life and does the things that she loves. Margaret’s spirit continues in her long line of descendants and benefactors as they all come to know and love her.

If I Could Live Again is such an inspiration to young and old, to never give up on your dreams no matter what life throws at you. From the variety of characters and their personalities to the descriptive scenes, this story keeps the reader enthralled from start to finish, 1925 to 2015. Margaret is a hard-working, strong-willed woman, her mother on the other hand is the exact opposite and obeys her abusive husband. Aunt Bea is much like Margaret but older and wiser, which shows through in Margaret’s decisions. The vivid descriptions of life on the farm and suburban houses bring the story to life. The story is fast-moving and there are some surprising twists and turns as Sarah discovers when going through her parents’ belongings. I mostly enjoyed the way C. Ingrid Deringer binds the characters together over the period of almost 100 years, reminding the reader how important family and friends are to all of us."

Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite

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