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Under Winter Lights: Part One by [Lewandowski, Bree M.]
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Ballet is Martina’s world. Always has been. But underneath the stage lights, behind the curtain and choreography is loneliness.
On late nights, after rehearsals, in her small apartment, Martina wishes hers wasn’t the only shadow on the wall.

But Chicago winter winds are swirling and Martina’s music box world is tipped upside down when she is cast as the lead in the company’s next production. And if that isn’t enough...

He’s the “wolf of the Mariinsky Ballet.” A rebel with gray eyes. Maraav Levondovska is a brilliant dancer and Martina can barely admit to herself how watching him take the stage sets her imagination spinning.
But company director Alan Jung, the man crippled by the art he loved, seems to find new life in his star ballerina...

Three hearts in a dance made for two. A world made of music and motion. Come step Under Winter Lights: Part One!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2775 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pronoun (9 November 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MSJW5A6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Under Winter Lights: Part One by Bree M. Lewandowski is a first novel and a charming story set in a ballet company based in Chicago, during winter with the story centred upon their production of "The Nutcracker". There are ballet terms used throughout the story but do not worry if you know little about the positions and poses because Lewandowski explains all of them seamlessly within the text of the novel.

There are three main characters: Martina a young dancer who is a member of the Corps de Ballet; Maraav, a Russian/American who is a visiting, principal male dancer and there is Alan Jung, creative director and former dancer who was injured and forced to retire much earlier than expected. Not only is he a demanding task-master, he rules the company with his scathing remarks and disparaging comments. This trio are the core of the story with many secondary characters, all who are observers of the relationships between the three. Martina is chosen to dance the lead of "Clara" in the new production and as she is in her first year with the company and only 19 years old, this is a shock selection, to say the least. Maraav arrives with a reputation of being a temperamental "bad boy", a womaniser, a "grey wolf"! All the dancers are drawn to him because of his looks, talent and reputation and he partners Martina as "The Nutcracker" turned "Prince" in the ballet.

Lewandowski confronts the negative issues in the life of a ballet dancer head on. She doesn't try to cover-up the torture of hours of practice, the rigid lifestyle, the need to always watch their diet, the pain and torture that they endure while on point; it is a harsh life, with little to appeal but the emotion of the dance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll feel like you're really a part of the ballet world! 2 January 2017
By JC in GA - Published on
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I loved this book! And that's saying something for me because this is a romance, and I rarely read romance. But this book is so much more. Yes, it's the story of Martina and Maraav. How they meet. The initial attraction. The gradual realization that there's something more there. But this book is also about ballet. It's about a young dancer who struggles with self confidence in the beautiful but sometimes frightening world of professional dance.

The details of this book are so rich I felt like I was right there with the characters as they went to rehearsals and performances. It rekindled my love for dance and made me want to be more diligent about attending my own ballet classes. The world it showed me was so lovely I never wanted to put the book down. I just wanted to keep reading so I could remain immersed in that world.

Romance fans will enjoy this book for the chemistry between Martina and Maraav, but for me that storyline took a backseat to the ballet. All I wanted to do was soak up juicy details about the professional dance world. It's a world I'll likely never be a part of, but I still have those little girl dreams of being a ballerina. This book allowed me to live those dreams through the characters.

I will definitely be reading the next installment in this series. I can't wait to find out what the future holds for these characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not some Mary Sue Romance! 16 May 2017
By S.J. Penner - Published on
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This is a story about two flawed and fantastic characters in a world that doesn't give them any space to breath. Lewandowski touches on (though does not linger) on eating disorders, self image issues, rumors, obsession, and the fanatic and frankly mad love that some people have that drives them to dance. There are some issues, especially in the first chapter or two, with sentence fragments but it sorts itself out quickly. I finished this book in a day, and I am absolutely bouncing in my seat for the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Xscape 15 December 2016
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As a native Chicagoan I felt like I was standing in the cold waiting for the bus. I thought the author perfectly illustrated, how the wind would whip around corners and sting your was like I was walking with Martina. I'm looking forward to continuing this journey. Will she becomes a strong confident female lead, or will the big bad city eat her up?
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about ballet process in theatre 2 December 2016
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I loved this book! I loved how it explained how a dancer goes from practice to production! Loved the hidden/forbidden romance as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Originally Posted on GoodReads: 2 December 2016
By badwolf - Published on
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Anyone who knows me or follows my reading habits will know that I don't really do love stories, but I decided to give Under Winter Lights a chance as the story revolves around a ballet school; and ballet is something that has always fascinated me.

Martina is a quiet girl from a small town with a big heart and a huge talent, and there is no reader that could resist falling for her... but I must admit, I fell for Maraav so much too - he's everything I'd want in a man; talented, respectful, hardworking, dedicated, selfless, reliable and must have the most gorgeous arms. Martina and Maraav are an unlikely couple on the face of it but their feelings are so believable because Bree has managed to write them, especially Martina's, in such a real way that it bought me to tears. I even had to take a few days reading break because Bree's writing made me drown in my own feelings. Bree has also managed to include many layers to the two main characters that you start to realise the two are very much made for each other - these aren't just two characters that are just dancers, they are also two individuals that have lived lives previous to when this story is set and who have been shaped by those lives. Bree seems to have put a lot of thought into the two main character's backgrounds and how these backgrounds might affect who they are and how they react to certain situations... and I love it.

I really want to focus on Bree's writing because I think she deserves recognition for how wonderfully she's written this story. Despite Bree using ballet terms that not all people understand, including myself, there were never times when I was annoyed or confused by the terminology - there wasn't too much of it that I was overwhelmed with descriptions of seemingly impossible dance moves, but also enough that I always knew that this book isn't just about lust and romance, but also the beauty of ballet too. It is hugely obvious that Bree knows what she's talking about when she describes the dancing and how it affects the body, and this increased my enjoyment massively (there's nothing worse than a writer thinking they know what they're talking about when they really don't)... I've always admired the hard work and dedication put into ballet and it's always seemed incredibly romantic and erotic to me, and this book has just boosted these opinions for me. My only issue is one more of editing than the actual writing, and it's that I think sometimes chapters were too long and should have been split when certain scenes or interactions ended.

As I am not usually a romance book lover I think it's super important that I mention that none of the 'romantic' scenes in the book were overwhelmingly cheesy or lame and so I was able to enjoy those parts of the book as well (actually a lot more than I anticipated I would). This book took me a few more days than it should have done to finish and this is down to the fact that Bree's writing was just too real for me to cope with after a recent break-up, leading me to take a few days off of reading. Everything that was written about Martina's emotions hit me in my heart so hard because I really related to her, and this made it obvious to me how much work Bree has put into making her book as honest as possible. [Spoiler:] Bree was also able to create incredibly sexy, erotic scenes without the main characters even kissing and that takes so much skill.

One more thing I must mention is that I think Bree has included a couple of issues that I think are probably fairly common within the ballet world; how tired Martina becomes, how she manages to end up neglecting her health a little and how taxing the dancing really is on her body... but also the issues surrounding Martina's relationship with Mr. Jung - [spoiler:] the scenes that were meant to make my skin crawl did, but there were also times I wanted to scream and cry for Martina. I really want to know where this part of the story ends up going, because I'm scared for Martina but also rooting on Maraav to deal with the situation.

[Spoiler:]I hate that I have to wait to find out what's going to happen, I am beyond excited for when Martina and Maraav finally do the dirty and I really hope Bree writes this scene as well as I think she can. I also want to know what decisions Martina is going to make about being at The Bellus after The Nutcracker is over because of how Mr. Jung has been treating her and what career move Maraav is going to make once the show is over. I'm such an impatient person, I want part two now!!!

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