Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Book Bucket List
Amazing Books I Can't Help but Recommend
Regina Doman, the author of The Midnight Dancers is a literature life-save for me. I love to read, but had been feeling bogged down by the secular literature available. I ran across Regina Doman's books, and fell in love. Regina retells fairy tales (such as Snow White and Rose Red, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Sleeping Beauty.)
Even though Regina retells fairy tales, the guy readers shouldn't be daunted. Each story is packed with adventure, intriguing plot lines, humorous characters, and good old fashioned mystery.
Out of all of Regina's books, I have to admit, The Midnight Dancers ranks the highest on the shelf.
The Plot line
Rachel is a young woman who is beginning to get sick of the constant strive for holiness, a stance given by her father and her stepmother. Plus, she is in senior year, so she feels that she should be given more freedom. So when her eleven sisters and her find a secret passageway that leads to the beach, they jump at the idea of a little night-time adventure.
When their father cannot explain the girls' sudden tired behavior and crankiness, he calls upon a new friend, Paul, to observe the girls. Paul is a Catholic, pre-med student and is employed as a juggler in the festivals for the summer. Paul is to see why the girls are acting strangely and put a stop to the cause of the problems.
Paul discovers that his task is much greater than he imagined - it begins to involve discovering the brokenness of the family and a fight to protect the innocence of the twelve girls when different young men began to show up at their nighttime beach romps.
This is a good story for another reason. Although Paul is Catholic, the girls and their parents are not. So it is very interesting to see Catholicism from an outsiders view - a very refreshing and eye-opening take.
An incredibly good book, Regina's writing gives a much anticipated break from secular fiction and dives headfirst into the world of Catholic fiction for young adults. Check out her website here, and get one of her books today!
Have you read Regina Doman's books? Will you after reading this review? Have a book that you would like reviewed? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks and God Bless,