Book Review | Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier

Title: Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier: A Novel

Author: Lisa Dale

My Review:

Thea and brothers Garret and Jonathan were thick as thieves growing up in the seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island. But their friendship became more complicated during their teen years when Garret and Thea had a secret relationship. Thea’s decision to marry Jonathan devastated Garret, and ripped the Sorenson family apart.

Once their marriage ends, Garret finally begins to feel as if he could become close to his only brother again. The memory of Thea and what they once had together threatens to destroy his family a second time–but Garret is willing to risk everything because Thea may still love him.

Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier by Lisa Dale had me hooked from the very first page with its beautiful prose and raw emotion. Additionally, as a coffee lover, I adored Thea’s “The Coffee Diaries” articles that appear before each chapter. Thea is a coffee shop owner, and anyone who has a shop or café that they frequent will likely feel the same way.

There are flashbacks in each chapter that slowly reveal the history between Garret and Thea, and show how her marriage to Jonathan came to be. While I mostly liked the younger version of Jonathan, the older Jonathan often angered me with his actions and words. Garret was infuriating both younger and older; I had a hard time accepting that this was the man that lit a fire in Thea’s heart. Once everything is revealed of their past, I started to understand him a little more. Jonathan, however, never quite redeemed himself. He often acted like a spoiled child; his 10-year-old daughter was more mature than he was.

If it weren’t for how horrible both Garret and Jonathan treated Thea throughout the novel, I would be completely in love with it. Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier wasn’t exactly what I’d hoped for, but Dale’s exquisite writing will reel me in for any subsequent books.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*


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