Title: There Should Be More Dancing
Author Rosalie Ham
Genre: Women’s Fiction
The Blurb: Margery Blandon has led a life of principles. Now she finds herself sitting on the 43rd floor of the Tropic Hotel, preparing to throw herself to her death. Margery Blandon was always a principled woman who found guidance from the wisdom of desktop calendars. She lived quietly in Gold Street, Brunswick for sixty years until events drove her to the 43rd floor of the Tropic Hotel. As she waits for the crowds in the atrium far below to disperse, she contemplates what went wrong.
My Thoughts: As the storyline of THERE SHOULD BE MORE DANCING switched between comedy and tragedy, my reactions to the story swung between wanting to laugh, wanting to cry and wanting to smack Margery around the head for getting herself into the situation in the first place. She really shouldn’t have let her greedy, grasping and disrespectful daughter boss her around. Her three children each have issues, one only by proxy as we never get to meet him physically in the book. Not only did Margery let her children run roughshod over her – but her home help also had an agenda and manipulated events to suit her own needs. Margery is a very complex character; at times she is not very likeable at all as she can be mean, selfish and seemingly totally ignorant at the changes going on around her. Then, swiftly, she turns into a pathetic creature that is very helpless and innocent when dealing with her family and their issues. I really enjoyed reading this story – there are some very larger-than-life characters – and many of these characters I recognise from my own life and neighbourhood. In the end though I just didn’t totally connect with Margery, she wasn’t really a person I could sympathise with as she seemed to be her own worst enemy and had allowed herself to become a victim.
Rating: C – Above Average is very readable and enjoyable
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