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Twelve Dancing Princesses… reimagined. Fifty dollars just for asking a few questions? Jedediah Jones figures it must be his lucky day. What dancing and doughnuts have to do with anything, he neither knows nor cares. He’s only interested in earning that money so he can finally eat something other than the apples he's been living off for days. Once his stomach and his pockets Twelve Dancing Princesses… reimagined. Fifty dollars just for asking a few questions? Jedediah Jones figures it must be his lucky day. What dancing and doughnuts have to do with anything, he neither knows nor cares. He’s only interested in earning that money so he can finally eat something other than the apples he's been living off for days. Once his stomach and his pockets are filled again, he plans to move on. But answering the advertisement plunges him into a forest of painted trees, twelve pretty sisters, trouble, and more trouble. And, yes, doughnuts. So many doughnuts. Can Jedediah Jones solve the mystery and earn that fifty dollars when the whole town has failed? Or will the twelve sisters lose their family's business no matter what he does?


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Twelve Dancing Princesses… reimagined. Fifty dollars just for asking a few questions? Jedediah Jones figures it must be his lucky day. What dancing and doughnuts have to do with anything, he neither knows nor cares. He’s only interested in earning that money so he can finally eat something other than the apples he's been living off for days. Once his stomach and his pockets Twelve Dancing Princesses… reimagined. Fifty dollars just for asking a few questions? Jedediah Jones figures it must be his lucky day. What dancing and doughnuts have to do with anything, he neither knows nor cares. He’s only interested in earning that money so he can finally eat something other than the apples he's been living off for days. Once his stomach and his pockets are filled again, he plans to move on. But answering the advertisement plunges him into a forest of painted trees, twelve pretty sisters, trouble, and more trouble. And, yes, doughnuts. So many doughnuts. Can Jedediah Jones solve the mystery and earn that fifty dollars when the whole town has failed? Or will the twelve sisters lose their family's business no matter what he does?

51 review for Dancing and Doughnuts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hanna

    THIS BOOK, FAM. IT'S SO, SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD, FAM. I had a huge silly grin on my face the entire time I was reading.  I can't remember the last time a story did that to me.  It made me happy.  Really, truly happy.  I may be smol and cynical and full of several anxiety disorders, but I couldn't resist this story's magic. Come to think of it, it's hard to see how anyone could resist the goofy, exuberant energy Dancing and Doughnuts serves up.  We've got a family of twelve (12) daughters, trying THIS BOOK, FAM. IT'S SO, SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD, FAM. I had a huge silly grin on my face the entire time I was reading.  I can't remember the last time a story did that to me.  It made me happy.  Really, truly happy.  I may be smol and cynical and full of several anxiety disorders, but I couldn't resist this story's magic. Come to think of it, it's hard to see how anyone could resist the goofy, exuberant energy Dancing and Doughnuts serves up.  We've got a family of twelve (12) daughters, trying to save their Highly Respectable Dance Hall from the unnamed culprit who's been--oh, the horror!--spiking the apple cider.  We also have one (1) enterprising drifter who thinks he's the man to solve the problem . . . and earn that sweet, sweet fifty-dollar reward.  And let's not forget the whole swarm of assorted lovers, suitors, business rivals, town gossips, and law enforcement officials hovering around, all ready to pounce at any moment.  The romp that follows is every bit as hilarious you're imagining. I loved the main character, Jedidiah Jones, our drifting Civil War veteran with the slightly oversized ego and the more-than-slightly oversized heart.  He talks a big game, sure, but he's capable of backing it up.  And my word, is he FUNNY.  I couldn't stop giggling at some of the stuff he would say and think.  It was a rare treat, being inside his head.  A++ first-person POV. For some reason, too, I loved the fact that Jedediah was so short and had to keep looking up at all the other male characters.  You don't often find a male lead who's super short.  And in this case, especially, it worked beautifully.  It made his overconfidence more understandable, more endearing, even.  Not to mention, it furnished me with some Very Amusing mental pictures  ;-) I SHIP HIM AND ALICE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HARD  (Sorry, Rachel. ;-)  #insidejoke)  All the stars for this romance.  Definitely not just a cookie-cutter Christian fiction love story--far from it.  I loved how unique Alice was, stubborn and secretive, but with a quietly brilliant sense of humor.  I loved how Jedediah respected her withdrawn nature and didn't try to push things along too quickly.  I loved the lack of unnecessary "angst" in their getting-together process.  And just . . . just . . . *spluttering* . . . they're cute, okay?????? And I really enjoyed the dynamic of the twelve sisters.  I come from a family of 'only' four girls (heh), but the basic principles are the same--constant chatter, constant giggles, semi-constant bickering, but (above all) constant solidarity & support.  And Rachel captured it beautifully.  <3 The mystery of the spiked drinks was so much fun!  AND, I solved it!!!  *high-fives self*  Also, lovely Scripture application, there; very humane and kind.  It wasn't preachy at all. I saved the best for the last:  the atmosphere.  Guys, I honestly don't know if I can do justice to the atmosphere of this story.  It was sugar and spice and all things nice, with just enough tartness to keep things hopping.  It was a glorious confection of fiddle music, and dancing shoes, and sweet cider, and cinnamon-y doughnuts, and painted ceilings, and swishing skirts, and billowing prairie grass . . . READ IT.  JUST READ IT.  ALL OF YOU. I promise, you'll grin just as much as I did by the time you reach the end. <3 [Content: Nothing objectionable whatsoever. I will be handing this off to my baby sister with zero qualms.]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    *muffled squeals* GUUUUUYYYYYYYYYYYSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! Dancing and Doughnuts has pretty much everything. Plot, characters, humor, pacing, detail, and ATMOSPHERE out the whazoo. It's wonderful. Let's start with characters. Jedediah Jones is the epitome of a likable protagonist. This guy was witty, responsible, and unflaggingly honest and chill. He doesn't feel the need to put on a 'tough guy' façade -- or any façade at all, for that matter. He is who he is and he knows it and he's cool with it and he's *muffled squeals* GUUUUUYYYYYYYYYYYSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! Dancing and Doughnuts has pretty much everything. Plot, characters, humor, pacing, detail, and ATMOSPHERE out the whazoo. It's wonderful. Let's start with characters. Jedediah Jones is the epitome of a likable protagonist. This guy was witty, responsible, and unflaggingly honest and chill. He doesn't feel the need to put on a 'tough guy' façade -- or any façade at all, for that matter. He is who he is and he knows it and he's cool with it and he's not super interested in protecting himself from other people's judgments or digs or what have you and he's not irritating because he doesn't seem like he's trying to pass himself off as flawless or right all the time and can you say "breath of fresh air"? Then we have the Algona girls. Geez Louise, what a fun group. I think it's good that Ms. Kovaciny didn't feel the need to develop every single one of the daughters, but instead allowed some of them to remain in general, somewhat anonymous, but always entertaining and contributive background roles. Those Algonas who were developed were equally entertaining. I think I enjoyed Clara, Felicity and Flora the most, because all three of them had the image of Beth Riesgraf surrounding them due to my (incomplete but still enthusiastic) knowledge that the author had cast that actress as one of them. (Watch out for my author interview on Sept. 2 to find out which one! ;)) They were also fun characters in their own right. ;) I couldn't say that Alice was what I'd call a favorite, but there's nothing wrong with her character, at all -- it's just that I personally found some of the other daughters more engaging. But Alice was wonderful, too! Trouble and More Trouble are fabulous supporting characters, too. And I just found out that Ms. Kovaciny would cast Christian Kane as one of them, so any remaining bets are definitely off. ;D You can kind of see the answer to the mystery coming, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes people get too wrapped up in unpredictability and forget that predictability in and of itself is not at all a sign of poor storytelling. (Then again, I'm a pretty firm believer in that assertion that there are only a few truly distinct stories, and that all other stories draw inspiration from them. So I guess that's all up to you. ;-P) The atmosphere is A++++++, y'all. I still don't know how the author managed to find that golden medium between too much description and too little. I LOVED the description of the dance hall -- from the first time Jedediah sees it and marvels at the painted wonderland to the opening of the first dance he witnesses, I love how the preparations are described. I love how we can feel the shadows lengthening to plunge the dance hall into a peaceful and enchanting and inviting twilight. Geez, I just love everything! Everything is so well-written. Dancing and Doughnuts is the second book in Ms. Kovaciny's Once Upon a Western series that I have had the privilege to read for review. And, as you can (hopefully) tell, I was enchanted. I was utterly satisfied. This book is unassuming, well-rounded, jubilant, and just about perfect. Basically: I enjoyed Cloaked; I loved Dancing and Doughnuts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marquise

    Another excellent retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a tale that I don't particularly like but that keeps inspiring authors to great reworkings in diverse settings, for which it's earned a place in my good graces. This one is a Western, set in the dusty town of Peabody Crossing in post-Civil War Kansas, to where discharged former Union cavalry sergeant major Jedediah Jones arrives with no intentions of staying. But his empty pockets convince him to take up a tempting offer to solve the m Another excellent retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a tale that I don't particularly like but that keeps inspiring authors to great reworkings in diverse settings, for which it's earned a place in my good graces. This one is a Western, set in the dusty town of Peabody Crossing in post-Civil War Kansas, to where discharged former Union cavalry sergeant major Jedediah Jones arrives with no intentions of staying. But his empty pockets convince him to take up a tempting offer to solve the mystery plaguing a respectable dance hall (that also serves delicious doughnuts) tended by the Algona couple and their twelve daughters. On glance, the mystery seems to be easy to solve, as there's three too-evident suspects from the start, so evident that it's too good to be a right guess. Though the suspects do turn out to be innocent, as was obviously the case, the mystery is also not hard to guess for the reader. Which doesn't mean it's predictable and dull. The characterisation is excellent, Jedediah is a charming and likable character, and the Algona girls are defined enough personality-wise for the little onpage time most of them have. The prose is also very good and immersive; and though the author being a Christian means there's religious beliefs sprinkled throughout, it's not preachy, and it's part of the plot and its resolution, so it's not extraneous to the storyline or the characters. I've come to like Rachel Kovaciny's style a lot now with this my third read of her works, and appreciate that she retells popular tales stripped of any whiff of magical elements, making them credible (well, maybe six sets of twin girls is a bit hard to believe, but it's possible in real life), and her Wild West settings are a welcome deviation from the more common fantasy and Euro-style ones.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    This book is even better than Cloaked, and that's the opinion of someone who usually doesn't care for mysteries. Love the writing, love the characters, love the plot. Highly recommended to fans of westerns, mysteries, fairytale retellings, or just a good story in general.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Stengl

    What a fun read! If you've been reading my reviews, you already know how greatly I admire Ms. Kovaciny's writing voice and style. She somehow manages to turn fairy tales into charming and believable Westerns! No fairy godmothers or magic of any kind, just fun plots including elements from the original tales and featuring charming characters in a very well-drawn Western setting. Jedediah Jones, Civil War vet and drifter, tries his hand at solving a mystery for the prize of $50. But someone is hig What a fun read! If you've been reading my reviews, you already know how greatly I admire Ms. Kovaciny's writing voice and style. She somehow manages to turn fairy tales into charming and believable Westerns! No fairy godmothers or magic of any kind, just fun plots including elements from the original tales and featuring charming characters in a very well-drawn Western setting. Jedediah Jones, Civil War vet and drifter, tries his hand at solving a mystery for the prize of $50. But someone is highly motivated to prevent his success. First-person POV is this author's forte--her narrators always steal the show! I fell in love with Jedediah Jones within a few pages, he is that likable. The mystery is handled very well, and the side characters are all distinct characters who serve to progress the story. Clever, fun reading, with some sweet, light romance. Highly recommended!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate Willis

    Doughnuts, sisters, and a cover that reminds me a lot of Garth Williams' drawing style?? I need.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura A. Grace

    This was such a great story! Being that it was my first western book and Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling I've read, I went in very open-minded and excited. It was so much better than anything my brain might have thought or imagined! Jedediah was a great hero to cheer for and had me smiling on more than one occasion with his thinking. I also loved his sense of honor and respect. Plus, he's a great detective! ;) The mystery part of this story was a surprise and an exciting one. I think that migh This was such a great story! Being that it was my first western book and Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling I've read, I went in very open-minded and excited. It was so much better than anything my brain might have thought or imagined! Jedediah was a great hero to cheer for and had me smiling on more than one occasion with his thinking. I also loved his sense of honor and respect. Plus, he's a great detective! ;) The mystery part of this story was a surprise and an exciting one. I think that might have been my favorite part because I loved how Jedediah interacted with the townspeople. Overall, a wonderful novella that left me satisfied, but also wanting to learn more about the author's other works. Recommend to readers who are looking for a clean fairytale retelling with a dash of romance, intriguing mystery, and of course, dancing and doughnuts. *(Many thanks to the author for providing me an ARC. I was not required to write a review or positive one. All thoughts expressed are my own.)*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erudessa Aranduriel

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I very much enjoyed this story. It was a light and easy read, amusing, and even a bit thought provoking. I love westerns and fairytales so I am always delighted when someone mixes them together. I liked how Ms. Kovaciny wove in the themes from the original Twelve Dancing Princesses tale. Mixing fairytale aspects into a non-magical world isn't always an easy thing to achieve, but she did a very good job. My favorite element was I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I very much enjoyed this story. It was a light and easy read, amusing, and even a bit thought provoking. I love westerns and fairytales so I am always delighted when someone mixes them together. I liked how Ms. Kovaciny wove in the themes from the original Twelve Dancing Princesses tale. Mixing fairytale aspects into a non-magical world isn't always an easy thing to achieve, but she did a very good job. My favorite element was the silver and gold forest. I felt the characters could have been more well rounded. Sheriff Walbridge, Mr. Kitteridge, Clara and Felicity were my favorite characters and I wish we would have gotten more of Trouble and More Trouble. Though not my favorite character, the mental processes of the hero (the book is portrayed through his first person POV) brought me the most laughter. Especially when he is facing down twelve pretty girls. I also wish we could have gotten to know the girls a little more. But maybe they will appear in later books. It is a clean read and a good book that I will definitely recommend and will gladly turn over to my younger siblings when it is released. I give it 3 of 5 stars because there were a few times when it seemed needlessly wordy and a bit rambling.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amber Stokes

    A fairy-tale retelling with a Wild West setting and a sweet atmosphere with just a dash of gentle suspense? I'll eat that right up, please and thank you! Dancing and Doughnuts is a quick story told from the perspective of a wandering man looking to make a few bucks before moving on. The strangest opportunity presents itself in the form of a "help wanted" ad, and our hero soon finds himself in a classy dance hall with unique refreshments, interesting characters, and a mystery no one seems able to A fairy-tale retelling with a Wild West setting and a sweet atmosphere with just a dash of gentle suspense? I'll eat that right up, please and thank you! Dancing and Doughnuts is a quick story told from the perspective of a wandering man looking to make a few bucks before moving on. The strangest opportunity presents itself in the form of a "help wanted" ad, and our hero soon finds himself in a classy dance hall with unique refreshments, interesting characters, and a mystery no one seems able to solve. The mystery keeps the plot waltzing along at a nice pace, but what really made me fall in love with this story is its cleverness and voice. I absolutely love the way the author takes elements from The Twelve Dancing Princesses and makes them fit a historical setting in a way that feels both natural and enchanting. The descriptions of the dance hall and the events held there are especially delightful! As for the voice, the main character, Jedediah, is a really likable guy, and his first-person narration adds to the charm of the unfolding story. The tale feels compelling but light, like an airy doughnut with a sweet aftertaste that makes for a filling and fond breakfast. Dancing and Doughnuts isn't overly deep, nor is its mystery dark and dangerous. This is simply a fun, sweet little read. (And as a bonus, two tasty-sounding recipes are included at the end!) *With thanks to the author for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Serethiel

    3.5 stars I was ecstatic when Rachel first announced Dancing & Doughnuts as her 2018 release. Having been a fan of Cloaked (as well as a more recent reader of Five Magic Spindles: the Man on the Buckskin Horse and No Match for a Good Story), I long ago decided that Rachel Kovaciny made her mark on my list of favorite authors. And, although I didn't enjoy Dancing & Doughnuts quite as much as her other tales, it still made for an enjoyable read. :) Jedediah Jones is a drifter. Haunted by mem 3.5 stars I was ecstatic when Rachel first announced Dancing & Doughnuts as her 2018 release. Having been a fan of Cloaked (as well as a more recent reader of Five Magic Spindles: the Man on the Buckskin Horse and No Match for a Good Story), I long ago decided that Rachel Kovaciny made her mark on my list of favorite authors. And, although I didn't enjoy Dancing & Doughnuts quite as much as her other tales, it still made for an enjoyable read. :) Jedediah Jones is a drifter. Haunted by memories of his time in the Civil War, he spends his days wandering from town to town, seeking work at one job or another. But when he stumbles into Peabody Crossing with barely a penny to his name, a girl steals his heart -- though not before a mystery that threatens her family with ruin claims her, first. Maybe Jedediah should stop drifting... or maybe he should flee as far as his mare can carry him. I very much expected this to be similar to Rachel's other stories, with an unforgettable cast, a clear yet thrilling plot, and a climax to rival all others. Although Dancing & Doughnuts pursued a more relaxed course than that of its predecessors, it certainly -- like Rachel's other works -- placed a new spin on westerns, with a fun little mystery to boot. Jedediah made for a fascinating narrator, and I was intrigued by the realness of the large cast, but none of them truly stuck with me. And, although I love a good mystery, I felt as if the stakes were too small to retain my interest. However, I still very much enjoyed this book! The pace and narrator made for a happily laid-back story, (and all the descriptions of the cider and doughnuts the characters consume made my mouth water *winks*). Without a doubt, I can't wait to read Rachel's next book! And if you're searching for a fun little mystery, I highly recommend Dancing & Doughnuts! You may want to know: There are some references to drinking and drunkenness. NOTE: A received a free ebook copy of Dancing & Doughnuts from the author, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. See my original review and tour stop at: https://the-book-sprite.blogspot.com/....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    The drifter Jedediah Jones can’t believe his eyes: $50 just for asking a few questions? Must be his lucky day! Short on cash and long on ideas, Jedediah crosses the street to ask what the reward’s about. Turns out, some low-life has been dumpin’ whiskey or some such thing into the punch bowl at the local Dance Hall, where the twelve daughters of a musician serve up dances and doughnuts for a dollar an evening. Now, any feller worth his salt can’t have that, so Jedediah gladly takes on the case, wi The drifter Jedediah Jones can’t believe his eyes: $50 just for asking a few questions? Must be his lucky day! Short on cash and long on ideas, Jedediah crosses the street to ask what the reward’s about. Turns out, some low-life has been dumpin’ whiskey or some such thing into the punch bowl at the local Dance Hall, where the twelve daughters of a musician serve up dances and doughnuts for a dollar an evening. Now, any feller worth his salt can’t have that, so Jedediah gladly takes on the case, with his eye on that $50 reward for catching the villain… but along the way a dark-haired beauty starts to flutter her lashes at him (when she ain’t tellin’ him off), which is a real problem, because Jedediah likes ‘em blonde. Can he solve the head-scratcher, snatch up the reward, and get back to roamin’… or is there something fishy going on in this small town to keep him here? Dancing & Doughnuts is the second volume in Rachel Kovaciny’s Western Re-Imaginings of popular Fairy Tales, this one inspired by the ‘Twelve Dancing Princesses.’ There’s worn-out slippers aplenty, a sour tavern owner, a suspicious mayor, a sheriff desperate to hand out badges, and a proud fiddler who doesn’t want his girls marryin’ just any old sort. Jedediah has a fun literary voice that harkens back to the westerns of yesteryear. The dance hall (an actual place where there was dancing, and not “loose women”) is a fun hangout, and there’s a lot of charm in the western details thrown in. Rachel’s enjoyment of the wild west, its tropes and characters, shines in her prose and the light-hearted tone of the tale. Best of all, anyone can read it, from the youngin’s to those with a good layer of grime on their white hats, coz there ain’t so much as a bad word in sight. The worse villainy here’s a bit of drinkin’. So saddle up and order yourself a copy—and while you’re at it, buy Cloaked too, her re-imagining of ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ In that novel, a feisty girl uncovers a diabolical plot against her grandmother—fortunately, she has the smarts (and a handsome cowboy hero) to save the day!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    What a wonderful little story told by a wonderful author! Dancing & Doughnuts is just plain fun. I love the main character, Jedidiah Jones, and Ms. Kovaciny does a great job fleshing out the cast of supporting characters. Though I’m not familiar with the original fairytale, I caught a few references. The mystery was interesting and the ending was sweet. This is the kind of book I want my little sister to read and the kind of story I want to write—five stars!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    That was super fun! Review to come with blog tour. But for now, just know that it'll make you grin! :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    This is a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, which I think the world needs more of. I would recommend having some snacks on hand as you read this. Doughnuts, if you can get them. It will make you incredibly hungry. Rachel has a way of describing food that makes your mouth water, especially the doughnuts. The descriptions in this story are top notch and paint such vivid pictures. I love the Dance Hall most of all and the unique way she brought in the silver and gold trees, from the original stor This is a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, which I think the world needs more of. I would recommend having some snacks on hand as you read this. Doughnuts, if you can get them. It will make you incredibly hungry. Rachel has a way of describing food that makes your mouth water, especially the doughnuts. The descriptions in this story are top notch and paint such vivid pictures. I love the Dance Hall most of all and the unique way she brought in the silver and gold trees, from the original story. The way she incorporated all the elements of the story was brilliant, actually. It was a thrill to read. The main highlight for me was the characters. Jedediah Jones is one of those honest and witty characters, with a heart of gold. I love how blunt he is and the way he views the world, he doesn't waste words and it makes him admirable character. He was a fun protagonist and made me laugh a lot. I loved his humorous take on all the shenanigans that ensue. I love all the girls too! It's hard to utilize such a large cast in a short story, but it worked out fine. They all were so different and even if I couldn't remember all their names. (Neither could Jed, so I don't feel bad) I did enjoy their differing personalities. Alice stands out the most of course, because of Jedediah interest in her. I enjoyed their banter. She's not a damsel in distress, but she's not one of those overly pushy girls either. The mystery was well done too. Usually I can sort things out quickly, but this one evaded me. It was a great twist. I also liked how well rounded all the characters were, even Mayor Gatz who play's more of a villainous role, wasn't a cliched, mustache twisting baddie. I always enjoy character's who don't seem like caricatures, they seem like people you've met or could meet. Which is what made all of the ones in this story so enjoyable. All in all, a delightful take on a classic story! I tried to think of one negative thing and I have nothing. If you like doughnuts, the old west, a good story, and shenanigans. I recommend this book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maddie Morrow

    This was a fun little book. I'm not real familiar with the original Twelve Dancing Princesses story, but throughout reading this I caught little bits that I recognized and thought 'ahah!' Rachel wove them into a western setting very nicely. This book deals with a very large cast, but it does pretty well at letting us get to know them, and care about each individual. The mystery had me really confused for awhile, and when I did figure it out it all made sense. Jedediah Jones is a humorous main ch This was a fun little book. I'm not real familiar with the original Twelve Dancing Princesses story, but throughout reading this I caught little bits that I recognized and thought 'ahah!' Rachel wove them into a western setting very nicely. This book deals with a very large cast, but it does pretty well at letting us get to know them, and care about each individual. The mystery had me really confused for awhile, and when I did figure it out it all made sense. Jedediah Jones is a humorous main character, and keeps the reader in a running narration that is pretty fun to read. Overall, I liked the book. I don't read a lot of mysteries, or humorous stories, so that's the only reason I didn't give it a higher star. But for someone who enjoys that sort of story, I'd say this is a well written one to choose.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Stangl

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thilras Irfana

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Burton

    My computer will not let me rate books on this site, but I give this clever retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" 4 stars. I really liked it! With such an alliterative title, (and because of my ferocious sweettooth), I was immediately intrigued by this book. Mrs. Kovaciny ingeniously retells a familiar story in a unique setting. Without magical elements, she nevertheless incorporates all of the elements from the Grimms story into this engaging Western. I especially like how she includes th My computer will not let me rate books on this site, but I give this clever retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" 4 stars. I really liked it! With such an alliterative title, (and because of my ferocious sweettooth), I was immediately intrigued by this book. Mrs. Kovaciny ingeniously retells a familiar story in a unique setting. Without magical elements, she nevertheless incorporates all of the elements from the Grimms story into this engaging Western. I especially like how she includes the gold and silver trees in a clever way. Jedediah Jones was a Union sergeant major during the Civil War. Now he is an aimless drifter, searching for a place to belong and an escape from the painful events of his past. When Jedediah ambles into Peabody Crossing, he thinks he will only pass through without stopping. But an intriguing advertisement, the tantalizing aroma of doughnuts and an unusual dance hall compel him to investigate an unusual crime. The twelve daughters of Will Algona, owner of the Dancing and Doughnuts dance hall, are becoming tipsy at every dance. Is the apple cider somehow being tainted? How is this possible when the drinks and food are carefully guarded and no alcohol is permitted on the premises? As Jedediah investigates strange events and gets to know the twelve girls, he might just discover that running from his past is futile and that home might be closer than he thinks. Mrs. Kovaciny does well at portraying Jedediah. I enjoyed his first-person narrative. I also loved that he was a teacher before his war service. Jedediah is likable as are all the characters, even those who may seem standoffish. I loved how the daughters were six sets of twins and how each pair had names beginning with corresponding letters, (Alice, Anna, for instance). It made me laugh when Jedediah had trouble remembering all their names. I loved Alice Algona especially. She was spunky while also exhibiting some vulnerability. All the girls are likable, and I enjoyed their independent spirits. They are strong while not being overbearing or snooty. While I had a fairly good idea about the perpetrator of the crime, the method was clever. I thought the method would be different from what it turned out to be, which made the mystery even more exciting. The motivation was plausible, and I had empathy for the perpetrator. I liked how this story, like the original tale, did not have a purely evil culprit. Dancing and Doughnuts is a fun, engaging story. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to future books in this series. I also recommend Cloaked, which is the first book in this series. God bless you all. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    R.F. Gammon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arielle Bailey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebeka

  28. 5 out of 5

    E.F.B.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joy C.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  31. 5 out of 5

    KJ Borman

  32. 5 out of 5

    Lady Nefertankh

  33. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

  34. 4 out of 5

    Lissa Sloan

  35. 5 out of 5

    Grace Mullins

  36. 5 out of 5

    Deborah O'Carroll

  37. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

  38. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

  39. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

  40. 5 out of 5

    Molly

  41. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

  42. 4 out of 5

    Sadie

  43. 5 out of 5

    Igrowastreesgrow

  44. 5 out of 5

    Svetlana H.

  45. 4 out of 5

    Aqsa

  46. 5 out of 5

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  47. 5 out of 5

    ❄Elsa Frost❄

  48. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

  49. 4 out of 5

    LilyKat Linville

  50. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

  51. 5 out of 5

    Grace

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