Reviewed by Becky Cox
Lewandowski has done an excellent job in her debut novel. Under Winter Lights: Part One, is a slow burn but definitely kept my attention. The insight to life as a ballet dancer is intriguing, if on occasion a bit too descriptive. Her characters are believable and people with whom I could relate.
The author does not fill the pages with sex but with sexually tension. The anticipation is a wonderful aphrodisiac. A long awaited kiss is as titillating as the forbidden consummation.
Martina is a young ballet dancer living in Chicago. She lives alone in a dismal apartment to afford her the opportunity to live her dream. Attending Bellus is an honor that Martina appreciates and strives to do her best. Minimal funds mean struggling for simple things in life, to include food, but she pushes on because of her love of dance.
Mr. Jung, the instructor at Bellus, is a hard nosed relentless perfectionist. He does try and take care of the health of his dancers with good physical therapist and a free meal a day. He takes an interest in Martina. Her insecurities at even being good enough to be there play in his favor of intimidating her.
Maraav, a Russian dancer that came to Bellus under a cloud of mystery from the Russian ballet scene. He is sweet and charming in contradiction to his reputation. He befriends Martina when they are paired together. Maraav is a prodigy in the dance world but rumored to have an attitude problem. He calls her “Mooshka” and that does funny things to my heart.
Ups, downs and struggles of Martina’s world was an emotionally fueled experience. Anxious to get the next book to see what happens next. Part One ends on a cliffhanger that has me waiting on tenterhooks.
I was gifted a copy for an honest review.
Reviewed by Becky for Jo&IsaLoveBoooks.