Ava Hadley had a bright future ahead of her as a ballet dancer, but she has given up on her dream and no one quite knows why. Now she is in London for a tribute to her mother, famous ballerina Beatrice DuVall, and to find some connection to her mother whom died when Ava was only nine days old. While in London, Ava is staying with her mother’s old room mate,Thisbie, and her son, Seb. Immediately Ava feels a connection with both and to London itself, but how can that be if she’s never even been there before? As Ava prepares for the tribute, she also learns about her past, present and possibly even her future.
This was a nice coming of age novel of a girl dealing with living in her mother’s shadow and deciding if she’s ready to be free of it. The connection between Ava and Seb was apparent from the “first” time they met, but it was also nice to see her bond with Thisbie especially with later revelations. Her relationship with her Aunt Adele, though cute, seemed to not do much to bring the plot forward. I would have liked to have read more about her father, who had been shattered after his wife’s death. We get the history of what happened, but I would have liked to read more about it in his own words or thoughts. Overall this was a very engaging book, and I rated it four out of five stars.