About the story:
Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start towards her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect, Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus.
Then, an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything.
Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off their engagement. With an old dog crippled by arthritis and dreams deferred but not left behind, Ana moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own feelings for Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company are a high price for a shot at success. Ana seems on the verge of having everything she ever dreamed of, but will it be enough?
Resembles: You – I would love for each reader to feel like the star of the story.
Age: Late twenties.
Loves: Ballet, her aging dog, the Chattahoochee River, Callaway Gardens, the Rhine.
Quirk: Counting when she doesn’t want to cry (trees, bricks, anything).
Favorite place to explore/visit: Callaway Gardens.
Biggest struggle: Finding joy, balance, and success.
Background: She’s been dancing forever and does well, but not as well as she’d hoped, and time is running out. She’s engaged and is happy, but her first love’s return to Georgia after a mysterious disappearance shakes her up.
Work: Second best at the Allen Ballet.
Resembles: Blake Shelton.
Age: Late thirties.
Loves: Ana, his ranch, and country music.
Quirk: He knows a lot about ducks and hawks.
Favorite place to explore/visit: Anywhere Ana is.
Biggest struggle: Trust.
Background: His first wife left him for another man. He believes that with Ana he can be happy again.
Work: Landscape artist at Callaway Gardens.
Resembles: Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Age: Late twenties.
Loves: Ana, ballet, picnics by the Rhine, and his Mercedes.
Quirk: He’s an old soul.
Favorite place to explore/visit: Anywhere in his native Germany.
Biggest struggle: To get Ana back.
Background: Claus was born in Germany and met Ana when they were both starting their careers. After a mysterious disappearance and 10-year absence, he returns to Georgia to dance with her and win her back.
Work: He’s now one of the world’s most famous dancers.
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About the Author:
Patricia Beal is from Brazil and immigrated to the U.S. in 1992. She fell in love with the English language while washing dishes at McDonald’s and soon passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). She put herself through college working at a BP gas station and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 with a B.A. in English Literature.
Patricia writes contemporary Christian fiction and is represented by Les Stobbe. Her debut novel, A Season to Dance, just came out May 9 (Bling! / Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). She’s a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. She and her husband live in El Paso, Texas, with their two children.