Counterpointe by Ann Warner
Publisher: Silky Stone Press
Length: Full Length (249 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Fern
Art, science, love, and ambition collide as a dancer on the verge of achieving her dreams is devastated by an injury.
After the abrupt ending of her career, Clare Eliason rushes into a marriage with Rob Chapin, but the marriage soon falters, propelling Clare and Rob on journeys of self-discovery. Rob, a scientist, joins an expedition to Peru. Clare's journey is no less profound although it takes her only a few blocks from the Boston apartment they shared.
Each will be given a chance to save a life, one will succeed, one will not.
Afterward, they will decide whether to attempt to save their marriage or to use hard-won wisdom to build a future free of the past.
Clare Eliason moves to Boston partly to further her ballet career, but also to escape a painful breakup with her ex-dancing partner. During an after-performance reception, she’s introduced to Rob Chapin, a science professor. Finding humor and many common points of interest, they begin to date and a beautiful relationship evolves between them. In a wonderful saga full of realistic ups and downs Counterpointe shadows them as their lives intertwine and follows the ups and downs of their marriage, work and the most important journey of self-discovery.
I really enjoyed this novel, full of sweetness, humor and vivid, lifelike characters. There is a strong cast of many secondary characters, who are equally complicated and retain the reader’s interest. The gradual progress as Rob and Clare get to know each other, share their lives and follow the natural course of ups and downs, triumphs and disappointments is a beautiful read. Even when they’re apart their connection and the emotions of the characters kept me turning the pages.
Mostly this book is a wonderful exploration of two people from different worlds coming together and finding love and building a lasting, realistic relationship with all the complexities, joys and sorrows that entails.