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@Download Ebook é After the Last Dance ó Two women Two love affairs One unforgettable story Kings Cross station,Rose arrives in London hoping to swap the drudgery of wartime for romance, glamour and jiving with GIs at Rainbow Corner, the famous dance hall in Piccadilly Circus As the bombs fall, Rose loses her heart to a pilot but will lose so much before the war has done its worst Las Vegas, present day A beautiful woman in a wedding dress walks into a seedy bar and asks the first man she sees to marry her When Leo slips the ring onto Jane s finger, he has no idea that his new wife will stop at nothing to get what she wants So when Jane meets Rose, now a formidable older lady, there s no love lost between them But with time running out, can Rose and Jane come together to make peace with the tragic secrets that have always haunted their lives After the Last Dance is an extraordinary story of two women, separated by time but connected by fate, that will make you believe in the redemptive power of unexpected love You can rise above being fucked up It s a matter of applying yourself I am a Sarra Manning fan girl I was first introduced to her via Just 17 and have since read and enjoyed everything she has written I heard this book was in the works and was very very excited Sarra Manning and Historical Fiction set in World War Two seemed like a dream combo for me.I loved this book and it was as perfect as I hoped The story is split between two narratives split between modern day and the 1940s which crossover as the story progresses I love that sort of book at the best of I am a Sarra Manning fan girl I was first introduced to her via Just 17 and have since read and enjoyed everything she has written I heard this book was in the works and was very very excited Sarra Manning and Historical Fiction set in World War Two seemed like a dream combo for me.I loved this book and it was as perfect as I hoped The story is split between two narratives split between modern day and the 1940s which crossover as the story progresses I love that sort of book at the best of times so it was a good start.The modern day story feels like classic Sarra Manning The story starts with a bang and hooked me from the start as I needed to know where the characters were going to end up As their story progressed you started to get under the skin of the characters and find outabout why they were the way they were and at the core of it the story was full of heart Exactly what I expected from an author whose work I adore.The story set in World War Two is perfect The history is well researched meaning the story feels real and grounded in the period in which it is set I really loved the story of Rainbow Corner and finding outabout an aspect of the history of World War Two that I knew nothing about As you read it you get a real sense of the period, the excitement of living for the now in a time when you don t know if you or your friends will see the end of the week through I could have read about Rose s War for hundredspages.All in all a book I can t wait to recommend to others After the Last Dance is a tale of two women and two love stories set some 70 years apart The novel begins in 1943 when young Rose, having run away from home, arrives at London s King Cross She has only one goal to get entrance to the glamorous Rainbow Corner, the heaven on earth where homesick American soldiers drink coca cola and eat doughnuts, while dancing the night away with pretty English girls.The second thread of the story is set in present day Las Vegas and features a runaway bride After the Last Dance is a tale of two women and two love stories set some 70 years apart The novel begins in 1943 when young Rose, having run away from home, arrives at London s King Cross She has only one goal to get entrance to the glamorous Rainbow Corner, the heaven on earth where homesick American soldiers drink coca cola and eat doughnuts, while dancing the night away with pretty English girls.The second thread of the story is set in present day Las Vegas and features a runaway bride Leo, a struggling artist is nursing a hangover with a beer when the most beautiful woman he s ever seen walks into the bar, wearing a white dress and a tiara on top of her honey blonde hair.While we see Rose settle into war time London, dodging bombs and falling in love, her story is intertwined with a budding romance between Leo and the mysterious English beauty While they drunkenly get hitched, in tried and tested Las Vegas style, Leo gets a message from London that his aunt is dying Though realizing the marriage was a terrible alcohol induced mistake, they decide to travel together back to Britain.I couldn t put this book down The two stories, which are intertwined in the book, are both engaging You re almost sorry when you realize the next chapter returns to the other strand until you again get involved with that story I did, however, prefer Rose s tale, which is set during the war Descriptions of Rainbow Corner the bombings during the Blitz, the rationing and lack of foodstuffs, stockings and almost everything the soldiers who come and go in and out of Rose s and her friend s lives seemed very well researched and paint vivid images of wartime London If I had one criticism of After the Last Dance, I would say that the present day tale lacked some of the passion and enthusiasm of the wartime story, although the modern strand gives the novel a balance and an insightful comparison to the life we lead now to the one livedthan 70 years ago.Sarra Manning has said that the inspiration for this book was Rainbow Corner, a social club run by American Red Cross for US servicemen stranded alone in London during WW2 They were described as overpaid, oversexed and over here by the Brits at the time Manning says that she saw a Pathe film clip about the club and was fascinated by the place She imaged how a young girl, in the 1940s, would have seen the same images and wanted immediately to have a slice of that glamour and fun In one of my blog posts, I talk about how we writers find our stories This is such a good example Locations in the novel Booktrail for After the last danceIf you ve never heard of the Rainbow Corner in London, then put on your dancing shoes as you are in for the treat of your literary life On these pages, the club comes back to life with every beat of every word as if it were the music itself.The Rainbow CornerThe famous Rainbow Corner was a social club during WW2, opened in 1942 and run by the American Red Cross.It was a piece of home for the American soldiers far away on leave from the Locations in the novel Booktrail for After the last danceIf you ve never heard of the Rainbow Corner in London, then put on your dancing shoes as you are in for the treat of your literary life On these pages, the club comes back to life with every beat of every word as if it were the music itself.The Rainbow CornerThe famous Rainbow Corner was a social club during WW2, opened in 1942 and run by the American Red Cross.It was a piece of home for the American soldiers far away on leave from their homeland and their families In fact this was a real piece of Americana These soldiers were issued every possession by the American government but it was the music, the dancing and the social activities they missed the most This is where the Rainbow Corner came in.The novels is extremely evocative and you can taste the coke, coffee and doughnuts which Rose is very keen to taste for herself The sugar on her lips makes for a bitter sweet moment however as she then meets the solider who will change her life and not necessarily for the best Sarra mentions in her author note that every detail she evokes is as it was including Dunker s Den and the fact that it was the first place in Britain to stock the now very widely available and famous drink coca Cola The Where Am I room really existed too and English women really did come here to dance and meet American soldiers.This was not just a dance hall however it was a home from home boxing matches, dinners, hair cuts and chat everything was available here.Now there is no sign of it, but this book captures it as if you were there with your Mary Janes ready to jive yourself Ah, let the dancing begin