Posted in 4 Stars, Book Review

Review: First Position by Quenby Olson


Genre: Romance, Holidays, Kindle Shorts
Publisher: World Tree Publishing
Publication Date: November 21, 2015
Formats Available: Kindle


Therese has a problem. Everyone at the ballet academy where she teaches is thrilled to have Luca Durante, the reigning star of the ballet world, as their guest artist for the school’s performance of The Nutcracker. There’s one difficulty: Therese has a history with Luca, and though she hasn’t seen him for seven years, she still remembers every moment from when they danced with each other. Will Therese be able to maintain a professional distance until the season is over? Or will Luca remind her why they moved so well together all those years before?

MY RATING: 📚 📚 📚 📚

First Position is my second time to read Ms. Olsen’s work in less than a month, and I have to say I consider myself a budding fan. I loved Knotted (see my review here), so it’s no surprise I enjoyed this as well.

This fantastic little short story gives us a glimpse into a world most of us have seen only from the outside. Ballet, such a graceful and ephemeral art as observed from the audience, is in reality a tough, often bloody, business. Ms. Olson uses her personal experience to great effect, bringing the setting the life. Her descriptions are beautiful and so well executed that even I, someone with only a four year old’s concept of the dance, felt like an insider.

The only reason I give this story four stars, rather than five, is that I wish it had been a little bit longer. Luca, Therese’s mysterious love interest, felt a little flat to me. I didn’t feel like I really knew much more about him by story’s end than I did at the beginning. I would love to see a longer piece fleshing him out. Other than that, this story was great!

If you’re looking for a quick, fun, clean read this holiday season, look no further. Definitely worth the download!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

QuenbyQuenby Olson lives in Central Pennsylvania where she spends most of her time writing, glaring at baskets of unfolded laundry, and chasing the cat off the kitchen counters. She lives with her husband and three children, who do nothing to dampen her love of classical ballet, geeky crochet, and staying up late to watch old episodes of Doctor Who.



Olivia Ard is the author of women's fiction trilogy The Bennett Series and Readers' Favorite 5-Star recipient 'Tis the Season. She is pursuing a second degree in sociology. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await their miracle baby's arrival this November with joyful expectation.

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