Young, smart and beautiful with everything figured out – or so they thought. Born into a prosperous Greek American family, sisters Nicole and Theodora have achieved the perfect balance between the old world rich in Greek tradition and the freedom of life in America.
Headstrong and independent, Nicole plunges into life head first, too often ignoring the risks. Her talent and astute business acumen make her the perfect heir to her father’s empire, but his old world attitudes prevent him from giving the top spot to a woman. Nicole’s world spins out of control when she falls for a married senator who shares her heritage and her dreams. While struggling to navigate previously uncharted moral waters, she uncovers treachery and corruption that will break both her sister’s and her father’s hearts. The decisions she makes will affect the happiness of those closest to her and will define the woman she is to become.
The young and conventional Theodora weds and quickly learns that marriage is not the paradise she envisioned. She must soon confront the growing suspicion that her husband is not the man he seems. Forced to endure the constant disdain and disapproval of her patrician mother-in-law, she resigns herself to the fact that she will always be considered an outsider. As she struggles to succeed at her marriage, she seeks the wisdom and council of her beloved Greek grandmother who has been happily married for over half a century. Ultimately she must come to terms with the reality of her own life and take responsibility for the role she has played in deceiving herself.
As the dramatic plot unfolds, the two young women must confront deceit and betrayal and their own shortcomings – while they struggle to preserve the values they cherish.
Set in Baltimore, Annapolis and the tiny island of Ikaria, Greece, Circle Dance provides a view into the lives of a dynamic family that has successfully achieved the American dream without abandoning the customs and traditions handed down through their Greek heritage. Artfully intertwined plots bring generations together in a dance of rejoicing and mourning, loss and healing that will keep readers enthralled until the last page.
“Circle Dance has captured the essence of the Greek American experience. Full of plot twists and turns, it is a page-turner, appealing to Greeks and non-Greeks alike. Bravo to these two talented authors.”
— Olympia Dukakis
“In ‘Circle Dance’ we encounter many twists and turns in the lives of this family. What we always get back to is the cohesiveness of the family, that bond that can’t be broken. The Parsenis Family is your family.They’re extremely proud of their roots; they work hard, and they give back.They’re good people. But things happen. In happiness and in sorrow, you lean on your family. Family sticks together. It’s an enduring type of love that cannot be shattered. It’s our shelter from the storm.
The Constantine sisters have created characters you become invested in; they’re real and identifiable. They’re people you know. This book is a page-turner; it’s one you’ll be staying up way too late to read because you can’t put it down. This story will resonate with Greeks and non-Greeks alike.”
— Maria A. Karamitsos, Associate Editor, The Greek StarNewspaper
“Circle Dance is a book that will keep you up late into the night, not even realizing it is way past your bedtime. Lynne and Valerie Constantine's book is a sure winner and heading straight for the top of the bestseller list. If you enjoy the family saga genre, Circle Dance is a must-read. I can only hope that a sequel is in the works and we will follow Nicole and Theodora for another year. I would love to see this turned into a movie. I even have the actors and actresses picked out. Do Not Miss This One; it is a WINNER.”
— Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Reader’s Favorite