The Midnight Dancers: A Fairy Tale Retold by Regina Doman is a gem of a modern retelling of Grimm’s classic The Twelve Dancing Princesses. A core question asked is, “Can one get bored being good?” Well, it’s certainly not boring finding the answer to that question.
Rachel, the oldest, leads her sisters through a secret passage to a place where they dance the night away. Knowing their parents would never approve, they strive to never tell. However, they can’t hide the fact they are utterly exhausted each morning. Something is going on and so their father selects to Corporal Paul Fester to investigate. When he agrees to help find out what’s going on with Coronel Durham’s daughters, Paul doesn’t have a clue what he’s getting into.
One thing I love in Regina Doman’s Fairy Tale Novels series is that no character is ever perfect. They all have quirks, chose the wrong things at the wrong times and struggle to be more, and that’s much nicer than the picture perfect version. Of course, in this novel Paul comes pretty darn close to male perfection, but who’s going to complain? Not me.
Mmm. Might need to bring out my dancing shoes.