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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good read. Andy is half human and half fairy, and the story goes between caring for her dying mother and going back to her childhood days. Parts of the story were hard to follow for me when going back and forth, but overall, the story flowed all together. My heart goes out to Andy as she deals with many loses in her life. This story is magical and a good read relaxing day.

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Andy is a woman with a secret, she is fifty two and is half fairy and has had to return to her childhood home to care for her mother, they never had the easiest relationship, but now between the cancer and the dementia, Andy’s mother is dying and is a shell of her past self and is still living in a memorial to the past in her trailer on Iowa. Everything has changed since Andy left home as a young woman, barely of the age to live on her own, but when the total eclipse of the sun comes around, she harks back to a time when life was much more simple, a time when all she had to to was dance and make sure nobody was watching, a time of memories and the emotions tied to them.

As the almost forgotten memories come flooding back the more time she spends in the trailer, the more regret and pain she feels for her family and for herself, she reminisces about her relationships with her mother and brother, how her life was dysfunctional and full of secrets from the time she made her Barbie doll walk through the long grass as if on an adventure, walking into town with her older brother Danny, times she spent with her friends when she had them and a birthday present which awoke strange and confusing thoughts swirling around her mind. She thinks of all the times she felt ashamed, from the snapshots of her life she can barely remember to full vivid recollections. One thing she cannot remember however, is her mother telling her anything about her father, she learned all that from an Auntie Alana who she met at the age of thirteen amid a tumultuous period when all she wanted was to feel like she belonged and this new found relative gave her just that, with stories of fairies and the past with lessons for the future weaved within them. For once, all Andy’s questions were being answered and a whole new world and experiences were opened up to her, including flying and the dances, the things which set her apart, yet at the same time joined her to something beautiful.

However, not all Andy’s memories are positive ones, the memories of loss, death and loneliness also plague both her waking hours and her dreams, memories of Kenshi the boy who lived with Alana and who taught her about flying and stealing, her neighbor Mr Toliver who knew about the fairies, but kept their secret and told stories of his own family, Hairy the dog whom she rescued from a puppy farm and kept as a pet and the rest of the fairies she met over time, her family and the father of her daughter who left them behind. Can a childhood be overcome, or is change something which can only be brought about if the lessons are learned? How do love, loss, loneliness and joy translate over time and would you change anything if you could go back in time? These are some of the things this story makes you think about as you become immersed in learning about Andy and her life through her memories and experiences.

Reviewed by @roxsannel

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Kerry Carr

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really beautifully written story. It is an emotional journey looking back over someone’s life. The author does an amazing job of writing about something magical and making it so realistic.

This is the story of Andy. While she is currently nursing her dying mother she reflects on her life and choices that she has made. You also learn about how certain events in her life shape how she is today and how she grew up. Its a very deep moving story that looks at relationship both good and bad and the effect this has on life. It also goes into details and thinks about the circle of life. From being young and enjoying life to growing old and eventually dying.

It’s a emotional read through someone’s memories that you can’t stop.

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Erica Shoebridge

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautiful and lyrical, The Eclipse Dancer is a pleasure to read. It is the story of Andy’s life, her family, her magic, and herself. Her memories come to life in vivid detail, lush and filled with the emotions, loves, regrets, and yearnings. Her rememberings weave together into the tapestry of her life in a heartwarming way. The writing is intimate and charged with emotion; I could feel the cool night air on her skin, and the sway of her hips as she danced. This is a lovely story, I would recommend you sink into a comfy chair and let it whisk you away.

Reviewed by @ericalorraine
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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Angela Packard

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was not like the books I would normally read and I found it to be quite enjoyable. While nursing her sick mother, she ponders on reflections of her own life. As I get older, my mother ages, and my kids are grown, I do a lot of the same. We are all different in our own ways, but this book reminded me that we are also all the same. Very well written and am glad I picked this up!

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Heather Lovelace

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve come to expect emotional and thought provoking work when I pick up this author’s work. This book certainly met my expectations. She completely transfixed my imagination with the words she put to paper. I loved the journey I took in these pages. Truly a wonderful read.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Tausha Treadway

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber. This is the story of Andy who is a 65 year old woman who still living at home with her mom. Her mom is dying from cancer, dementia and alcoholism! Andy has a love of nature that gets her thru each day. Andy is still trying to deal with having to shift from being the child to being a caregiver for a Mom who has never really cared for her. Andy has been verbally and physically abused by her mom for years and now she’s having to take care of her. Andy has also just found out she is part fairy and is dealing with that whole new business. This is a very magical book but also very emotional. Its a point we are all going to face in our lives and it helps us to see how we might handle ourselves. Andy is a very smart, sad and magical person and this book will take you on her journey sad, fun, good and bad.

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Lianne Probert

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber is a story based on the gritty and harsh reality of Andy’s story so far, brought to life with elements of fantasy and fairytales.

Andy’s real-life story is full of grittiness and a heavy dose of reality. It’s a sharp contrast to the fantasy element, and for me personally, it took a lot of getting used to. I became accustomed to the fantasy style of writing, but I didn’t always find it particularly enjoyable. I did enjoy the descriptive elements, of which there are many, particularly throughout the fantasy style of writing.
If you are looking for something a bit different to read, The Eclipse Dancer is a book I would recommend, its style might not be suited to all but it was refreshing to read a story that was different and challenged my usual reading style.

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber is a story full of honesty, a bit of magical realism, and fantasy. I enjoyed the story and how the main character is not a young 20 something. She is a woman in her middle years and her life is shifting again from adult to caretaker. I got the feels while reading this and was able to relate to some of what the character was experiencing. I do not have a mother like Andy but still could relate to how relationships change as your life progresses. This story deals with a lot of hard truths but in an honest but thoughtful, relatable way. I like the bits of magic and fantasy brought in and thought it was helpful to the story. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this book should have been a heavy mess of emotions, and at times it was, it didn’t kill me with the tears and sobbing mess that I had prepared myself for when I first sat down expecting to. I was both pleasantly surprised by this and sad as well. I didn’t know how to really process the feels that I was going through while reading this novel but I suppose that is how I feel most of the time I read novels penned by Miss Koerber. I will say this book could be read as a fairytale yes but really it is a wonderful read for the middle-age adult who is dealing with the task of how to process or change to caring for our parents or grandparents ets… we become the caregivers at this age and I think there were some really strong poignant points that I took away from reading this for sure. It was also a nice escape as well with a wonderful understory that was nice to escape into and follow along with. I look forward to seeing what else may come from Koerber in the future.

Review by @lizaileen
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