Dancing in the Athenian Rain by Katie Hamstead - Book Review

Book Synopsis:
When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she's furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife. 

She's forced to learn a new language and culture and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend. 

But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built. 

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Book Review:
What I loved about this novel was the conservative, eighteen-year-old Donna knows that she doesn’t quite fit in with her wild peers. However, she finds a more confident, brave version of herself when she is transported back in time to ancient Athens.  

Donna struggles with certain aspects of Classical Athens society, including ideals of marriage, women as property, slavery and desired luscious feminine curves. But, during this ancient time, she manages to find true love, burry insecurities and become somewhat of human rights idol.
I did have some problems with the writing and story. In her modern time, Donna suffers abuse from her friends, boyfriend and parents. However, I find the writing to be a bit over-the-top, and the scenes a little too sensational. Hamstead missed a great opportunity to capture how verbal and physical abuse can destroy a young woman’s self esteem, as well as the difficulties to rebuild confidence.

Additionally, I thought the ending was abrupt and forced. However, I would say it’s a really enjoyable read. Overall, I would rate this book a 3.25.           

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Andrea'. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~ 


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