Dancing at The Chance
Release Date: April 3, 2012
*Finalist for a CRW 2013 Award of Excellence
A chance for love...
A chance for fame...
New York City in 1907 is a kingdom of endless possibilities for anyone who dares to dream. The Gilded Age has ended, and immigrants fill the bustling streets. The glamour of Broadway lures those who desire the limelight—but only a few are fortunate enough to thrive in the lights of a city that casts long, dark, and merciless shadows…
Pepper MacClair and her mother arrived penniless in New York thirteen years ago, and their fortune has not changed. A dancer of fluid grace and motion, Pepper is still only one chorus girl among dozens, struggling for an opportunity to prove herself worthy of something bigger.
For now, Pepper dances at The Chance, a rundown venue long past its prime. It is not only Pepper’s workplace, where she has pushed her physical endurance to its limit, but also her home. And as the larger world changes around her and she is pulled into the intrigues of New York’s elite, it is her last hope, not only to fulfill her dream, but to fulfill her heart.
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PRAISE FOR THE NOVEL
"This story is as much a love song to the world of early 20th century New York and its legendary theaters as it is about Pepper's journey. I loved all the eccentric, multi-faceted characters who filled the theater."—THE ROMANCE REVIEWS
"[A] most entertaining read about a great era in Broadway history."—HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
"Dancing at The Chance is a sweet, romantic tale of destiny, love, purpose and dreams "—LUXURY READING blog
“Gripping. … [T]ouching and heartfelt. … The brilliant cast of characters, the exciting story line, and the historical setting all made for one heck of a show.”—UNTOUCHABLE TREASURE, 4.5-star review
“[B]eautifully recreates the atmosphere of turn-of-the-century New York Vaudeville, with deft prose, energetic characters and plenty of colorful images that present readers with a lush portrait of a down-on-its-luck theater. ... [A] realistic, engaging tale that uplifts and educates with cameos by Mr. Ziegfeld, famous performers and the city itself.”—RT Book Reviews, 4-star
Old New York comes to vibrant life in this dazzling tale of follies
and illusions. DANCING AT THE CHANCE serves up a racy, exuberant
feast for the senses, with a lively and intrepid heroine determined
to succeed in a fading world threatened by fast-paced, fickle
~C.W. Gortner, author of THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
DANCING AT THE CHANCE took me back to Old New York,
when vaudeville still enchanted audiences and Ziegfeld was king. In
her second novel, DeAnna Cameron brings the world of 1900’s theatre
to vibrant life. Part circus, part Shakespeare, part Arabian nights,
the Chance Theatre is a place I would love to visit again.
~Christy English, author of TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF THE EARLY LIFE OF ELEANOR OF AQUITANE
~Emery Lee, author of FORTUNE’S SON and HIGHEST STAKES
~ Elizabeth Kerri Mahon, author of SCANDALOUS WOMEN
~Shauna Roberts, author of the historical novel LIKE MAYFLIES IN A STREAM