Review: Dancing in the Rain by Amanda James

dancingDancing in the rain by Amanda James

What if the responsibility for preventing a major disaster lay with you?

“Jacob Weston has felt like he doesn’t belong for as long as he can remember and the strangely vivid dreams he experiences only serve to make him feel more alone. But when his job in research science takes him thousands of miles away from what he thought of as home, Jacob finds the mystery of his past begin to unravel. A trip to the breathtaking Monument Valley and an extraordinary encounter with a Navajo guide seem to hold the key to who Jacob really is.

After meeting the beautiful Rosenya Neboyia, Jacob feels he may have found what he’d been searching for. But with this meeting is the discovery that his dreams come with a responsibility, and that responsibility is bigger and scarier than he could have ever imagined”.

Dancing in the rain is an immense drama that hooks you in from the very first line. It is so beautifully written, the pages fly by without blinking. It is truly a testament to Amanda James’ talent.

The painstaking details of the Navajo nation has the intricate details that only an insider on the reservation would know. The Authors description of the locations are breath taking and that world comes to life on the page in vivid ochres and dessert sands.

Amanda James is such a brilliant writer, she is able to invoke the tastes and the delicious scents of wild sage with ease. My mouth watered  when Jacobs first Navajo meal was described; I could taste the sweetness of the butter-nut squash myself.

In this epic saga, that spawns from WW2 to the Welsh valleys and concluding in the American South West-,Jacob follows his heart and goes on a vision quest. He discovers the family he never knew and his Navajo cousins- the Redbirds. That kind of Native American Mysticism is what makes Dancing in the Rain so magical.

Jacob is a wonderful character who battles with what he was raised to believe and the truth of his real heritage. He tries to find his identity and place in the world, and ultimately himself along the way. Slowly he realises through Matthius Redbird that it was always his fate. A fate that includes his people’s salvation. Believe me that part of the story arc is fast paced and full of explosive action.

When Jacob meets Roseyna you can feel feel the electricity of love at first site and it is a stunning description of two souls bonding. There is also some very steamy scenes between the both of them.

Dancing in the rain is a triumph of the written word and another masterpiece by Amanda James. This is not just a book but an experience!



seaAlso by Amanda James:

Somewhere beyond the sea by Amanda James

When love begins with a lie, where will it end?
Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he’ll do anything to make his wife happy – so what’s making her so withdrawn?
Karen Ainsworth daren’t reveal her true feelings, but knows her husband has put up with her moods for too long. A chance to use her extraordinary singing voice may set her free, so why shouldn’t she take it? Surely her past can’t hurt her now?
As a tide of blackmail and betrayal is unleashed to threaten the foundations of their
marriage, Karen and Tristan face a difficult question. Is their love strong
enough to face the truth when the truth might cost them everything.


stitchA Stitch in Time by Amanda James

A time-travel tale á la Dr Who only with a heroine going back to three different periods, making sure people find their happy ending. It is a pure delight according to my reader. –Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller, Paperback Preview, December 2012.
Hitch a ride and whisk back in time with a heroine readers will relate to, feel sympathy for and then root on till the finish. James effortlessly creates vibrant characters and places them in different eras, with each setting spot on. Even the dialogue changes as the time periods do. Readers will be on the edge of their seats from chapter to chapter waiting for the next adventure to begin in this unique, romantic story.

Look out for the next book in the series, out December 2014.