A Season to Dance

Ana is a professional ballerina with a dashing fiancé and her eye on dancing at the Met. Then her first love sweeps back into her life to dance with her and win her back. Thus begins a love story so powerful that it triumphs over suffering and loss, and may even make old dreams come true.


Ballerina Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and her future with fiancé Peter Engberg all figured out—until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, shows up in the Deep South of America to dance with her and win her back. Claus kisses her after a dress rehearsal, a kiss Peter witnesses from the darkened audience. Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, he breaks off their engagement.

Rejected by Peter, and knowing Claus is dancing at the Met soon, Ana decides to repave her path to her dream. With her 2002 Torch Red Ford Thunderbird and Baryshnikov, an old dog crippled by arthritis, she moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own memories of Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company prove to be a high price for a shot at success.

Praise for A Season to Dance:

“Readers who believe in second chances and a twist in the Happily Ever After will delight in this tale!” –New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Hauck

“For 272 pages I was a world-traveling ballerina. This book was not only a captivating story, but an impacting journey. I am changed. Bravo, Ms. Beal.” –Christy finalist and Carol Award winner Nadine Brandes

“Ah, how this brought back my seasons in the Nutcracker, dancing Juliet, and years of rigor at the barre. A Season to Dance is a story of grace in all forms, ultimate romance and finding spiritual center. Thank you, Patricia Beal!” –New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee

“Beal’s debut captures the drama and lyricism of the ballet – faith, life and love dance across the story, reaching a satisfying and sigh-worthy dénouement.” –Katherine Reay, author of A Portrait of Emily Price

“Patricia Beal’s first novel is a skillfully written tale of a woman’s journey to faith and love. A Season to Dance will bless every reader.” –Lorraine Beatty, author of the Home to Dover series from Love Inspired

“More than a romance, A Season to Dance is a layered love story that pulls at the heartstrings while taking you on a trip through dance around the world. I adored it.” –Teri Wilson, author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy and His Ballerina Bride

“Patricia Beal has crafted a compelling debut about grace and redemption when life takes unexpected turns.” –Kara Isaac, author of Close To You and Can’t Help Falling

“Patricia Beal’s A Season to Dance is gorgeous! Ana’s story from emptiness to God’s redemption showcases Beal’s heart. As a ballet dancer, I loved relating to the well-done, tangible portrayal of Ana’s dance and performance life. And how fun to taste, see, and smell her experiences in Germany! Thank you for this heart-tugging look into a professional ballerina’s world, travels, and God’s faithful dedication to us.” –Katie Briggs, ballerina and former Ballet Magnificat! staff

“A Season To Dance offers readers a beautiful message of redemption and second chances that will dance across the heart. An elegant and graceful journey across two continents as one woman seeks to fill the God-shaped hole in her heart and finally discovers her own season to dance.” –Candee Fick, author of Dance Over Me and Catch of a Lifetime

“A tender romantic tale composed of grace and redemption. Patricia Beal’s poignant novel gently touches our deepest emotional cords with a panoply of characters who remind us of our friends, family, and ourselves. As a Christian author with autism who has experienced my own battles decoding relationships and the repeated stings of shattered dreams, I could easily relate to Patricia’s voice and Ana’s struggles. A Season to Dance brims with the light of Christ’ healing power to mend wounded relationships and make all things new. Patricia’s graceful writing style is a joy to read and I highly recommend it.” –Ron Sandison, founder of Spectrum Inclusion, author of A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom

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