FTN4: The Midnight Dancers - a fairy tale retold

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Splitting your life between night and light is a dangerous dance...

The Midnight Dancers. Back cover.

But why live in the light, when the night seems so irresistibly intriguing?

Rachel Durham, 18, is tired of her father and stepmother’s staid morality and pristine prosperity. The summer of her senior year, she’s more than ready for a walk on the wild side, and the door opens - literally - when she and her eleven sisters and stepsisters discover a secret passageway out of their historic home on the Chesapeake Bay. At night, boys in boats and a forbidden island beckon from the shore, and Rachel and her sisters jump aboard. The night becomes Rachel’s true world, and her daytime life becomes a disposable mask.

Rachel's puzzled father tries to tow his daughters back into line by enlisting the help of Paul, a med student with a seasonal job juggling at the town festival. But Paul realizes that simply blocking the girls from their midnight parties isn’t going to solve the family’s problems. So he embarks on a risky balancing act to gain the girls’ trust – and to make Rachel see that splitting her life between night and light is a dangerous dance.

Based on the Grimm's fairy tale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", this summer romance with a suprising twist is the fourth book in the Fairy Tale Novel series by Regina Doman.

READ CHAPTERS 1-4 of The Midnight Dancers: a fairy tale retold by Regina Doman


Age 16 - Up.
236 pages.
6" x 9" 


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  • 5
    Love this book for the Adventure.

    Posted by Shannon on 13th Feb 2014

    All of her sisters had such different personalities, and it was fun to discover what each of them were throughout the book. I really enjoyed the way that they were not all from the same parents, how 6 were from the mom's side, and 6 from the dad's.
    The story itself was also really true to what it feels like to be in the state of not wanting to be the good girl.
    I also really liked the cover of this book. :)

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 12th Feb 2014

    The Midnight Dancers is one of the best books I've ever read. I was on the edge of seat for almost the whole thing! Rachel was so real. It is an incredible story and was incredibly written. I am definitely recommending this to my cousins and friends. Thank You for such an amazing story!

  • 5
    Great story!!! :D

    Posted by sarahfashiongeek@windstream.net on 17th Jan 2014

    I loved this book so much!!! The main theme was, "Can you change the opinion of someone who thinks goodness is boring?" which I think is very relevant in today's world, especially when it comes to teenagers. I know many of my peers are more attracted to being seen as the "bad girl" or the "bad boy", when this desire is simply just not healthy. In "The Midnight Dancers", Rachel Durham is the one who is bored with "being good"; and Paul Fester (yes, one of the Sacra Cor guys from "Waking Rose"!!! xD) is the one who must show her that in goodness, there is a deep beauty. Although this task is anything but easy, since he must also convince her 11 younger sisters as well, Paul remains determined to help these girls in their struggles with temptation, particularly the allure of boys whose desires are anything but wholesome and the appeal of a mysterious and almost magical island in the dark blue waters of Chesapeake Bay. In the end, Paul makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Rachel, the girl who didn't ever want him around, and leads her to this realization: Goodness can be the most beautiful thing in the world.