Finding Center by Katherine Locke
New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: August 17th, 2015
Zed and ballet are my two greatest loves.
But a tragic accident ripped them from Aly’s life six years ago and it took all her strength to get them back. She’s had a long road to recovery and has returned, dancing full-time for The District Ballet Company and carrying Zed’s child. But Aly is slipping. Each day becomes a fight to keep her career from crumbling under the weight of younger talent, the scrutiny of the public eye, and the limitations of her ever-changing body. A fight she fears she’s losing.
I’m scared Aly is broken to her core.
Zed recognizes signs, but he doesn’t know how to fix her. The accident left him with his own demons, and while he wants nothing more than to take care of Aly, it’s getting harder the further she spirals. When Aly’s life is threatened and Zed’s injuries prevent him from saving her, he’s never felt so useless, so afraid he is no longer capable of being the man Aly and their child needs.
With new life comes new hope. And with their fractured lives already hanging by a thread, Aly and Zed must discover if they have what it takes—both together and apart—to rebuild and carry on.
“She speaks, I obey. Always. Because love.”
Written by Katherine Locke, Finding Center is Book Two in her District Ballet Company Series. As the story of Zed and Aly continues, Katherine Locke manages to bring to life a heartbreakingly beautiful love story, that will have your heart split in two and your emotions seeping out on to the pages.
Aly and Zed have known each other for the majority of their lives, and as their lives progress; both together and separately, we witness two individuals whom are continuously torn apart and sewn back together. Whilst trying to somehow remain balanced, dealing with life crippling mental health issues and restricting disabilities, Aly and Zed are left wondering how the future will progress. As life continues to surprise Aly and Zed, readers bear witness to the effect their trials and tribulations have on their daily lives and what they do to chase away the darkness.
Katherine Locke has spectacularly written a story that is so deep, raw and honest, it is so hard not to be captivated by these characters. As Locke delves into the intricacies and complexities of mental health and the effects of living with a disability, readers are exposed to issues that are not necessarily discussed in everyday life.
Finding Center successfully intwines the brutal yet beautiful world of ballet into the lives of Aly and Zed. Ballet is painful,ruthless and ferocious yet so perfectly imperfect, graceful and elegant. Intentional or not, Katherine Locke uses her description of the world of ballet to solidify the seriousness of living with a mental health illness and a disability.
It can be painful, ruthless and ferocious, yet you could be so perfectly imperfect, graceful and elegant.
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MEET THE AUTHOR
Katherine Locke lives and writes in a very small town outside of Philadelphia, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. She writes about that which she cannot do: ballet, time travel, and magic. When she’s not writing, she’s probably tweeting. She not-so-secretly believes most stories are fairy tales in disguise. She can be found online at katherinelockebooks.com and on Twitter: @bibliogato.