To Dance in the Desert: A Novel

To Dance in the Desert A Novel Having witnessed the violent deaths of both her husband and father in one terrible day Dara flees to the solitude of a secret house in a remote desert valley But she s not alone for a strange woman

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  • Title: To Dance in the Desert: A Novel
  • Author: Kathleen Popa
  • ISBN: 9781589190948
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Having witnessed the violent deaths of both her husband and father in one terrible day, Dara flees to the solitude of a secret house in a remote desert valley But she s not alone, for a strange woman dances on the distant sands of the desert.Further, Dara s begun to hear a voice in the wind that whispers it loves her, and invites her to dance.Follow Dara as she learns ofHaving witnessed the violent deaths of both her husband and father in one terrible day, Dara flees to the solitude of a secret house in a remote desert valley But she s not alone, for a strange woman dances on the distant sands of the desert.Further, Dara s begun to hear a voice in the wind that whispers it loves her, and invites her to dance.Follow Dara as she learns of the art of loving despite her fears, discovers the mother who abandoned her long ago, and surrenders at last to the rhythm of grace.

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    1. The cover shows a dancing woman's silhouette against the sunset bronze of the desert. That, and the title, convinced me to give this novel a try, in spite of my dislike for the genre in general. I've read too much badly written Christian fiction with it's overused melodrama and endless stereotypes and just can't bring myself to read any more. The cover on this one appealed to me though. The woman holds a scarf or shawl in her outstretched arms that is catching the wind and billowing out behind h [...]

    2. About the book:"Not a safe world." How many times had she heard it over and over again? Well, it is not a safe world and Dara Murphy Brogan knew it better than most, which is exactly why she had tucked herself away on a desert mountaintop. Now it was just her, the voice inside her head and the boxes of hastily packed odds and ends--all that was left of her pathetic excuse of a life. Hadn't she chosen the desert because it was barren and brown and dead looking and far, far away from anyone who ma [...]

    3. Dara Murphy Brogan leaves her hometown because her father is killed by her husband. Also her husband is killed and she is left alone. She feels everyone in town is pointing at her and accusing her of their deaths. She moves to the desert to find herself. She wants to be alone but God doesn't allow that as Jane comes into her life. She sees Jane dancing in the desert. She begins a pursuit to locate her Mother along the way and discovers things about her life.I found this book so inspiring and lau [...]

    4. This story is beautiful but I have to say it was a letdown, thus the 4 stars. Dara's mother walked away from her and her father when Dara was a young girl. Dara heard over and over in her growing up years from her father that this isn't a safe world. She snuck out one night and wed a man who after marrying, became abusive to her both physically and emotionally, slamming her head against the refrigerator and calling her derogatory names. Now her husband and father are both dead. She meets Jane, a [...]

    5. I toggled between 2 and 3 stars. What was the point of this story? It was one train wreck after another and as I continued to read the story I no longer felt any connect to the characters nor cared what happened to them.It was as if the author, Kathleen Popa, dropped the reader smack dab in the middle of drama, tried to play catch-up only to pluck the reader out in the middle of the drama. The dysfunctional characters didn't line up nor were they thought out.However, I did finish the book - well [...]

    6. I was surprised that I really enjoyed this book. I don't really read much contemporary but I am really glad that I read this one.This is about a woman named Dara who goes to the desert to escape from the life that she had. Hoping that she would be far from anyone that would have heard what happened to her father and husband. Then she meets Jane dancing in the desert and soon they become friends and Dara starts to overcome her fears about people and learns that her long lost mother maybe close sh [...]

    7. To Dance in the Desert could have delivered so much more. It opens with an interesting premise and contains vibrant characters that I was quickly drawn to. But the further into the book I got the more I felt it slipping through my fingers like sand. What was the point? Why did it feel like each character was slowly being turned to blurry water color? Perhaps future works of Popa will avoid falling into these same holes.

    8. I give this book more like 3 and a half stars. It had some great moments and you can feel for some of the characters in the book. She had some great original-typed characters. However, it was too emotional for me, meaning EVERYONE had an issue/problem and it was constantly there and never seemed to be dealt with.

    9. Reading this book was an emotional experience. The imagery vivid. The characters so true to life. The situations both heart breaking and redemptive. Poetry within a novel. I'm looking forward to reading another work of fiction by this gifted author!

    10. I found this book to be depressing. It was described as a Christian theme but I didn't find much uplifting about it. Every character was dealing with trauma: desertion, abuse, drugs, disease, death, suicide, alcoholism, you name it.

    11. I enjoyed the story, the setting. Thank you for writing about real pain and loss and how God's healing and restoration are powerful!

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