Dancing in a Distant Place



[Download] ➺ Dancing in a Distant Place ➽ Isla Dewar – E17streets4all.co.uk A warm and intelligent novel about a young teacher who throws herself into the lives of her students in the hopes of forgetting the past, only to find it returning vividly than everWhen Iris Chisholm A warm and intelligent novel about a Distant Epub Û a young teacher who throws herself into the lives of her students in the hopes of forgetting the past, Dancing in Epub / only to find it returning vividly than everWhen Iris Chisholm arrives in the tiny Scottish Highland community of Green Cairns, she s still in a state in a Distant MOBI í of shock not so much from her husband s untimely death as from the discovery that he d gambled away all their money and even their home In addressing the problems of the children at the school where she works, Iris finds distractions from worries Further distractions come in the shape of a honey tongued lawyer and a gentle handyman This is a novel with wit and heart from an author who is quickly rising in the ranks of international women s fiction authors.Dancing in a Distant Place

Born in Edinburgh, Isla Dewar now a Distant Epub Û lives in Fife with her husband, a cartoonist, and two sons Her first novel, Keeping Up with Magda, published Dancing in Epub / in , has been followed by a string of bestsellers.

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    Dancing in a Distant Place PDF Ú a Distant Epub home In addressing the problems of the children at the school where she works, Iris finds distractions from worries Further distractions come in the shape of a honey tongued lawyer and a gentle handyman This is a novel with wit and heart from an author who is quickly rising in the ranks of international women s fiction authors."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Dancing in a Distant Place
  • Isla Dewar
  • English
  • 18 February 2019
  • 0312349467

10 thoughts on “Dancing in a Distant Place

  1. says:

    Three and a half stars.I bought this book at a recent Lifeline fair because I adored the mauve and blue cover and also I have enjoyed a number of other books by Isla Dewar, so I had a fair idea what to expect.After her husband Harry dies, Iris Chisholm finds out the extent of his lies to her She thought she knew him so well, but finds out how little she knew The debts he leaves behind mean she is unable to keep the family home Despite complaints from the teenage son and daughter she takes a j Three and a half stars.I bought this book at a recent Lifeline fair because I adored the mauve and blue cover and also I have enjoyed a number of other books by Isla Dewar, so I had a fair idea what to expect.After her husband Harry dies, Iris Chisholm finds out the extent of his lies to her She thought she knew him so well, but finds out how little she knew The debts he leaves behind mean she is unable to keep the family home Despite complaints from the teenage son and daughter she takes a job in a one teacher school at Green Cairns becoming The Missie Iris is the type of teacher everyone would like to have had at one stage in their lives She cares about the children and seeks to not only educate and make learning fun and help their social problems as well Lucy stammers, while Colin who lives with this grandmother who affectionately calls him a mucky pup, or a soul does not talk It is a choice rather than a physical problem Iris is a creative, hands on, teacher though sometimes it seems she would be better to payattention to what is going on with Scott and Sophy, her own two.I liked the sense of humour Isla Dewar writes with and the compassion for her characters I did wonder why the book started as it did with the bar in Glasgow and would rather it had started with the day in 1968 Not sure why she did this It rather spoiled the effect of the rest of the book in my opinion However that is a minor quibble in what was largely an enjoyable book about the foibles of people There were moments I laughed, others when I shook my head in despair, times when I got annoyed, others when I was near to tears In the end I am glad I bought and read it

  2. says:

    Dancing in a Distant Place was a pleasant enough read, but it just didn t speak to me I have no major complaints with this book, yet there were a number of small irritants that caused me to dock it a couple of stars There were lots of deliciously eccentric villagers, and many redeemable sections involving the antics of the schoolchildren I thought Colin, in particular, was beautifully characterized and written Unfortunately, other parts of the book were quite dull I found several of the mal Dancing in a Distant Place was a pleasant enough read, but it just didn t speak to me I have no major complaints with this book, yet there were a number of small irritants that caused me to dock it a couple of stars There were lots of deliciously eccentric villagers, and many redeemable sections involving the antics of the schoolchildren I thought Colin, in particular, was beautifully characterized and written Unfortunately, other parts of the book were quite dull I found several of the male characters to be sexist and condescending towards women Michael especially, the dead husband, Charles to a lesser degree, and even Iris s son on occasion Many of the male characters had undertones of an I know what s best for you better than you know what s best for yourself so don t worry your pretty but small little ladybrain over it or let me take care of this because I m a man attitude towards Iris and other female characters I really found myself disliking the author s writing style, orspecifically, the way she structured her sentences and paragraphs There were lots of odd sentence fragments, dangling modifiers and run ons that really distracted me from the actual story when I was reading The writing just didn t flow well There would often be a really long run on sentence, followed by a couple of choppy two word sentence fragments, then followed by another long run on, thenchoppy bits and well, you get the idea The author also had a habit of writing sentences as lists, which I found annoying Look at the first page and you ll see what I mean A crowded bar in Glasgow, a shiny place, chrome and glass and very noisy, a constant thrum and babble, conversations and laughter Sometimes it seemed as if she didn t how to write descriptively without turning it into a list The writing style didn t seem very consistent throughout the book At times, I would think it had improved and it was flowing quite well, but then all of a sudden there would be another page with a bunch of choppy sentence fragments I really can t comprehend what motivated the author to set the first few pages of the book in the future, years ahead of when the rest of the story took place By doing so, she revealed within the first few pages who Iris had married The entire romantic subplot of Iris Charles Michael and the fun of wondering which one she would choose was pretty much ruined for the rest of the book another three hundred odd pages I found myself wanting any sections about Michael to just go quickly, because I knew Iris wouldn t end up with him anyways The sections with Charles were alright, but I found that I didn t really get to enjoy watching their relationship develop and blossom as I otherwise might have, because again, I already knew where their relationship was going to end up If the author had at least left some mystery surrounding which man she would choose, I might have had a lotinterest in this story I think revealing what she did in the first two pages was a shabby plot device it did not add to my enjoyment as a reader, and it certainly didn t encourage greater character development I m not really sure what type of reader would truly LOVE this book, rather than just feeling lukewarm about it For readers who like a cute romance, Dancing has a bit of that, but you have to wade through several hundred pages of other stuff before you get your romance fix For readers who like family dramas, Dancing has a bit of that too, but I didn t find any of the family relationships to have much substance I would have liked to seedepth in the brother sister relationship between Scott and Sophy, and I found Iris oddly detached from her children throughout most of the book I suppose Dancing is a decent book for those wanting to read about a different culture or place, and the local quirks of that area, but I ve certainly read much better books about small town life and about Scotland Teachers would no doubt enjoy this book, as the descriptions of classroom life are very evocative, and are the best moments in the book I m not sure if I would consider reading another book by Isla Dewar, but I ll probably at least look into what else she has written and see if there are any ideas that appeal to me

  3. says:

    I do believe Isla Dewar is one of my new favorites This book was a real treat The writing was superb Never a dull lag or slow bit The writing was fresh and cutting You really could feel the emotions of the characters The story is the classic widow with kids needing a change of place and heart But Ms Dewar tackled each character, flaws and attributes alike, with honesty and clarity The plot wasn t placid and kept you turning the pages I was left truly wishing I had a teacher like the M I do believe Isla Dewar is one of my new favorites This book was a real treat The writing was superb Never a dull lag or slow bit The writing was fresh and cutting You really could feel the emotions of the characters The story is the classic widow with kids needing a change of place and heart But Ms Dewar tackled each character, flaws and attributes alike, with honesty and clarity The plot wasn t placid and kept you turning the pages I was left truly wishing I had a teacher like the Missie in my life growing up I also wished there had beenchapters of her life to read about

  4. says:

    Everytime I re read this book, I cry when she writes her letter in the end As a teacher myself, it rings a major bell I love this book, would read it again and again.

  5. says:

    eh.I loved the start, but it became a bit boring.

  6. says:

    Though it took me a while to finish this book busy, busy schedule , I REALLY enjoyed it While reading the book all of the characters from Green Cairns Mrs Chisholm, her students, and her own children all grew on me I loved the setting, the plot, and everything about the book I will definitely be adding it to my list of favorites and I recommend it to anybody who enjoys a good story about country life in a small town.

  7. says:

    the book opens with iris at 75 enjoying a night out with her friends it then pans to the day that she lost everything when her husband died she is forced to sell and move out with her 2 teenage children as times r hard and there is no money she ends up in a village hamlet as the Missie, head of the primary school needless to say everyone knows everyone else and they take time to settle in but slowly iris adapts and starts to love it, especially the pupils, HER children not so with her teenag the book opens with iris at 75 enjoying a night out with her friends it then pans to the day that she lost everything when her husband died she is forced to sell and move out with her 2 teenage children as times r hard and there is no money she ends up in a village hamlet as the Missie, head of the primary school needless to say everyone knows everyone else and they take time to settle in but slowly iris adapts and starts to love it, especially the pupils, HER children not so with her teenage children but she has placed her priorites with the school and so she does not notice what is happening on her own doorstep when she does she realises it is time to take stock and put her children first they r all she has left this author has a wonderful way with words very insightful, at times funny, at times poignantgreat characterisation and observations to be savoured slowly just a couple of pointers she should have picked up on truancy immediately when scott said he met jake in a lp shop no mention of cat or dog until they moved with her libido no mention made of the first time she saw him in swimming trunks no mention of police bev

  8. says:

    I highly enjoyed this book despite the opening chapter having me dislike the main character and wondering if I should continue with the story because in that chapter the protagonist comes across as self absorbed, needy, attention seeking,and vain I m glad I did because it turns out she was nothing like that at all All of the characters were memorable, unique, and enjoyable The dialogue and conversations of the characters was witty and profound The only criticism I have is that her transition I highly enjoyed this book despite the opening chapter having me dislike the main character and wondering if I should continue with the story because in that chapter the protagonist comes across as self absorbed, needy, attention seeking,and vain I m glad I did because it turns out she was nothing like that at all All of the characters were memorable, unique, and enjoyable The dialogue and conversations of the characters was witty and profound The only criticism I have is that her transitions from thoughts of one character to another were jumbled and confusing and I would think one person was talking and have to keep shifting back and forth in the dialogue to figure out who was doing the talking This also happened with the flashback scenes no clearly demarcated line into past and present and since it s not a stream of consciousness novel, I found that aspect annoying, but easy enough to resolve and continue because it was a lovely story

  9. says:

    After the first chapter, I thought the book would be The Missie s life until the time in the first chapter.It was only one year and how she became The Missie.It seemed overly long and the ending was disappointing.

  10. says:

    The writing was engaging, a charming story I definitely will look forbooks written by this author.

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