Omtale; The Colours of the Dance by E.J. Pepper

Last year I recieved an ARC of the historical novel The Colours of the Dance by E.J. Pepper through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Rule 1: When you’re dancing, keep shoulders back and point your toes.

Rule 2: Keep your thumbs clear when you’re chopping vegetables.

Rule 3: Don’t go wandering through the house without permission.

But who can make any sense of all this talk of Home Rule? This is the question ten-year old Brede asks herself.
Homeless and destitute, she and her Aunt Kate are employed as the only Catholics in the household of the beautiful spendthrift Adelina Thompson and her bullying husband, Alexander. But what is it that Brede sees that forces her to flee with her Aunt in terror?

Taken into the household of William Henderson, a Protestant supporter of Irish Home Rule, Brede is the mute and uncomprehending witness to the unfolding political and personal events, and to a love affair that will culminate in murder.

Set in 19th century Ulster, the way the child narrator views the world during one of the most troubled periods in Irish history is shared with us in an original and enthralling account.

My Thoughts on the Book
The Colours of the Dance was an interesting historical novel, especially as it deals with Ireland in the 1800's and the relationship between Catholics and Protestants, in addition to the wish for Irish independence. The only downside is that I felt the ending was a bit abrupt.


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