Author: Jordan Rosenfeld
Published: June 29, 2015
Review: paperback won
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
Dead-broke single mother Stella Russo, daughter of a world-class prima ballerina, has nearly given up on her own professional aspirations—much less true love—when a dazzling impromptu stunt by a mysterious troupe reminds her just how empowering performing onstage can be. Convincing herself that a dependable gig with such a company just might be the ticket to a better life for her musical-prodigy daughter and now-invalid mother, Stella takes a giant jeté of faith and joins up. But when she lands in the clutches of an enigmatic and demanding impresario bent on making her his star at any cost, has she risked too much? As Stella untwists the troupe’s troubling secrets, she becomes entangled in turns she could never imagine—and is forced to face her own past as well. Women in Red draws readers into the dark, dangerous, and dramatically sexy underworld of the dance—but also into the longing of every living, breathing being for a family of one’s own.
So I won this paperback and I have to say this was a pretty decent read. It took me all week to read it and it wasn't because it wasn't good because it was, I just found myself busy.
Stella is a mother and use to be dancer she holds down a job that she doesn't fully like but hey it pays the bills and for her daughter's violin. When she gets the offer to join a very secretive dance troupe she does it as she knows it will be better pay and plus she will be able to dance once again.
Though it seems that everyone around Stella including herself have secrets that no one wants to have others know.
There isn't really much suspense just secrets from different characters that will be finally brought to light. I have to say Stella's daughter Izzy I was impressed with her she is a young girl who can play the violin and she is a bit sneaky when it comes to wanting to find out who her father is. Which I give her props on doing that and how she did it.
Most of the action comes towards the end when the dance troupe and Stella's world collides. Everything comes to the surface and why Julian really wants Stella to be a part of his world this is when a nice twist comes into play.
Overall a good read, the plot was a steady, and the characters were good.
Jordan E. Rosenfeld is an author, editor, and freelance writer. She is the author of WOMEN IN RED, NIGHT ORACLE, FORGED IN GRACE, as well as the writing guides: "A Writer's Guide to Persistence," "Make A Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time" and the forthcoming Writing Deep Scenes: Plot Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme, with Martha Alderson (Writer’s Digest Books) and "Write Free! Attracting the Creative Life" with Rebecca Lawton (BeijaFlor Books). Her essays & articles have appeared in: Alternet, Brain, Child, Coachella Review, Modern Loss, Mom.me, New York Times, ReWire Me, Role/Reboot, The Rumpus, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, Writer's Digest, The Writer and more.
She holds an MFA in Fiction and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and a BA from the Hutchins School at Sonoma State University. Her essays and stories have appeared in literary journals such as the Dickens Literary Journal, the Blue Moon Review, Night Train, the Pedastal Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Opium, LitPot, Spoiled Ink, the Summerset Review, Void Magazine, Zaum and in literary anthologies. Her fiction has also been performed by actors as part of the Page on Stage project in Santa Rosa.
For three years, Jordan hosted the literary radio program Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, which received an NEA Chairman’s grant for literary projects in 2005, on NPR-affiliate KRCB radio. She interviewed authors such as T.C. Boyle, Aimee Bender, Louise Erdrich, and Mary Gaitskill.