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When You Dance with the Devil | [Gwynne Forster]

When You Dance with the Devil

Fannie Johnson has seen darn near all the world has to offer at her Thank the Lord Boarding House. It is home to a variety of interesting people who regard each other as family. One such is Sarah Jolene Tilman, who is ready to strike out on her own. In stark contrast, Richard Peterson has done more than his share of living and is looking for simpler pleasures. Under Fannie's watchful eye, each will embark on a path of self-exploration and find that life is nothing if not a wildly unpredictable journey.
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Publisher's Summary

When You Dance with the Devil explores the complicated lives of two lost souls looking to start over at a Maryland boarding house.

Fannie Johnson has seen darn near all the world has to offer at her Thank the Lord Boarding House. It is home to a variety of interesting people who regard each other as family. One such is Sarah Jolene Tilman, who, after spending 35 years under the thumb of her vindictive mother, is ready to strike out on her own. In stark contrast, Richard Peterson has done more than his share of living and is looking for simpler pleasures. Under Fannie's watchful eye, each will embark on a path of self-exploration and find that life is nothing if not a wildly unpredictable journey.

Essence best-selling author Gwynne Forster writes thought-provoking tales of love and personal growth.

©2006 Gwynne Forster; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"The characters' earnestness will appeal to readers looking for a light pick-me-up." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dee Chula Vista, CA, United States 06-05-09
    Dee Chula Vista, CA, United States 06-05-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I did not want this book to end..."

    This was one of my favorite books I've downloaded so far. It was a very easy listen and just a great story. The narrator had a very pleasant sounding voice and she did fabulously when changing from one person to another. Believable! I wish that the author would write a sequel. In a nutshell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Simple nice story with ups and downs in the lives of the characters. I may listen to it again, which is something I rarely do.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffani SAGINAW, TT, USA 01-03-08
    Tiffani SAGINAW, TT, USA 01-03-08
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    "WONDERFUL"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Like the other review, I listed to this book while at work and there were times it was so good that I became distracted. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone. The narrator definitely helped because she changed her voice for each character and you could really hear the emotion in her voice. WONDERFUL!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosalyne Humble, TX, USA 04-30-07
    Rosalyne Humble, TX, USA 04-30-07
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    "GREAT"

    This book was absolutely wonderful. I loved it. I could not put it down. Most of the books I've listened to are at work so it could pass the the day while I am working. After listening to it from work, I would go home and re-listen to certain parts. I writer made me feel as if I was sitting right there on the sceen. I guess you can add some credit to the reader of this book, they added character and dept to the book as you listened. I would strong recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-15-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-15-14 Member Since 2013

    retired writer

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    "Plenty of Suspense"

    The story held my interest and offered enough suspense to be a "page turner" ...The central character is very likable and I cared what happened to her. Who her father turned out to be was a good surprise... Interesting story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-29-12
    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-29-12
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    "Good read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was a story of simplifying your life and being yourself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When you learn who you are.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The birthday party!


    If you could take any character from When You Dance with the Devil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sara Jolene Tillman, to talk about how her life has changed for the better.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rolanda Calumet City, IL, United States 01-27-12
    Rolanda Calumet City, IL, United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "You will be drawn in"
    What made the experience of listening to When You Dance with the Devil the most enjoyable?

    The love scene, well.......smile.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When You Dance with the Devil?

    Harpers love making.


    What does Susan Spain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Separating the characters with different voice tones made following easy


    Who was the most memorable character of When You Dance with the Devil and why?

    Richard, turns from a selfish user to a caring lover.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Val sicklerville, NJ, United States 12-16-11
    Val sicklerville, NJ, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Same ole, different setting"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone that loves fantasy romance


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A mystery or anything with a complex storyline and characters


    What aspect of Susan Spain’s performance would you have changed?

    She did a decent job in portraying the various voices but a woman will never be convincing as a male character. So I would love to hear various actors male and female read


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from When You Dance with the Devil?

    most of them, especially the sappy love scenes. It's unrealistic


    Any additional comments?

    It dragged on and the main characters were not convincing as anyone remotely close to a real person with real issues. The premise is unrealistic. A boarding house in a remote part of Eastern Shore, Maryland that houses 12 unique adults ranging in age 35-85. It's a mix of professional people that includes a truck driver, female undercover detective, school teacher, an international diplomat to name a few. The two most dysfunctional is a 35 year old that for most of her life was sheltered and mentally abused by her overbearing mother. She knows nothing of the world and it's not until her mother dies that she begins to come out of her shell which happens at this boarding house. To follow her discovery of the world and the way humans interact particularly the dynamics between men and women is nauseating at best. And then there's the international diplomat, who boasts about the 100+ women he has bedded but who walks away from his priviledged life to find himself and a new love in one of his fellow boarders. The rest of the boarders are minor characters who interplay with the diplomat and the naive 35yr old. The characters are boring, storyline is not only predictable but slow as molassess and so you have to painfully listen to 10 hours to see where each of these misfits end up but you don't really have to because you know that it ends like all fairytale romances even among dysfunctional people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sonia 10-25-11
    Sonia 10-25-11
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    "Good but no page turner."

    This book was somewhat predictable but had an interesting plot. Although I have no favorite part, I did appreciate the happy ending. It had just the right number of characters so that I could remember names and their association.

    There were too many references to Jolene's past that did not match her intellect. For a person to learn so quickly would suggest that she at least had a good education or was taught well by someone. That was not what was suggested in this book.

    I could relate to the boarding house and wish there were really such places where people could learn to live together with respect and consideration. We hear so much about people finding relatives they never knew, I guessed who Jolene's father was amost immediately.

    Overall, the book was good reading. More time could have been dedicated to the lives of the couples after they decided to get married. However, there has to be interest for the next book I suppose!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arlena Broken Arrow, OK, United States 04-10-11
    Arlena Broken Arrow, OK, United States 04-10-11 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Married, avid reader and book reviewer.

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    "When You Dance with the Devil"

    By Arlena (Broken Arrow, OK, United States)
    I really enjoyed When you Dance with the Devil. It was again for me another good novel to listen to. I thought the narrator Susan Spain in her delivery did a wonderful job on this one. It was long but I was kept interested in getting through the story. Keep on doing what you are doing Mrs. Forster! I loved it. I have now listened to all of your audibles and have truly loved them all. Hopefully, your next audible will be out soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Hanover, PA, USA 02-18-07
    Julie Hanover, PA, USA 02-18-07
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    "Save your money.."

    This book is a huge waste of time and money...I gave it a good 2 hrs. before I let myself scrap it..shallow characters, mindless plot, I can't find one good thing to say...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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