Astonish Me! Is the second novel by New York Times Bestselling author Maggie Shipstead. For this novel she mostly focuses on dance; ballet to be more precise. The Nutcracker is a famous ballet that is performed every Christmas which makes this book a perfect holiday read!
Joan and Jacob have known one another since high school. Each are equally driven by their careers. Joan pursues ballet and Jacob pursues education. While they stay in touch by letters, Joan is happy to continue with her career until something drastic happens. She meets world famous ballet dancer Arslan and has a relationship with him. Is there a future or will she turn to her old friend Jacob? Joan becomes pregnant and produces a son Harry. He becomes friends with his neighbor Chloe and wants a relationship. Will dance help him pursue both Chloe and his future? What happens when the truth comes out about Harry’s real father?
I love dance! It is my favorite form of exercise. I liked Astonish Me! By Maggie Shipstead. The novel didn’t keep my interest throughout. The book was researched well. I read that the author spent time in Paris researching the subject of ballet. Many authors use various forms of the internet for research as well. The plot is character driven and told by the many characters in the novel.
It asks the question do you have what it takes to pursue your passion?