Book Review: Sugar’s Dance

Book Review: Sugar's DanceThis is one of those books that you can’t put down until it’s finished, and you’re glad you bought a copy instead of borrowing it because you know you’ll want to read it again and again.  Sugar’s Dance is such a beautiful story about a woman, broken and shattered after losing her entire family and unable to put her life back together despite an enormous outpouring of support, until she meets a man who turns it all around because he falls instantly in love with her.


I laughed, I cried, I related and most of all, I learned.  My Kindle’s bookmarks feature got a workout with this novel because there were so many beautiful passages, I didn’t want to forget them.


Sugar’s Dance is a story that is unique in that you know the author is writing from a very personal place, and she does it so eloquently.  Her writing style is very touching, graceful and heart warming.  You will not finish this book without understanding her pain, triumph and why the difference between how the world sees you and how you see yourself is so important, especially in her case.


Tula DuBois, or Sugar, is an amputee.  In a tragic car accident, she lost her leg and a whole lot more.  For all intents and purposes, she essentially lost her life despite the fact that she was the only survivor.  The irony is never lost on her.  In the beginning of the story Sugar battles with herself as the anniversary of the tragedy approaches.  But this year marks the tenth year since the accident and this time she can’t do it with the same support.  Her breaking point becomes evident as her pseudo family watches the nightmares, starvation and isolation take over her.  Until Van comes into the picture and shows her that she is worthy of all the beauty life has to offer her, including himself.


I’ll admit I’m a bit of a softie with romantic mysteries, especially when they involve cops.  But this story is very unique compared to most that I’ve read and written.


Bravo Katie Mettner!  You truly have a gift and bless you for sharing your story.


It was so difficult to choose from all twenty two passages that I highlighted, but here are a few that I truly loved and will remember:


“My grandpa always told me that you don’t have to go to church to talk to God.  You can sit in the woods on an old tree stump and do the same thing you can do in a pew.  He told me it isn’t about the physical place, it’s about the relationship you have with Him.”



“I’m still mad at Him and he knows that.  I can agree to be friends with Him, but I haven’t figured out how to love Him again.”…”That is one of the most frank admittances of imperfection I have ever heard.  You are a surprise around every corner, Tula.  The fact that you still come out here and you still talk to Him and you still believe in that higher power is admirable considering what you have been through.  I’m inclined to believe that He loves you for your honesty because I don’t believe He gets that from a lot of his worshippers.”


“I think it’s the perfect song in this case.  Maybe you should say those final things you never said to your parents.  Maybe you should say them out loud to the wind and the water.  Maybe that would allow you to come out here and see this as everything that it can be instead of everything that it was.”….”I want them to be proud of me and what I’ve done with my life.  I want them to see that I didn’t take my second chance and waste it.  I want them to see that I fought back and everything they taught me is in here.” I patted my chest.


“You know it’s my job to protect you from things that go bump in the night even if those things aren’t in the same world I’m in.”


Okay, this is the last one……


…”They see you as a person, not you as the disability.  But it’s obvious that when it comes to me all you see is the disability.  It’s like you can trust that as a cop I’m going to keep you safe from the bad guys, but as a man I’m one of the bad guys.”


I’m so glad this story is a series!!



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Sandy began writing in 2006, and is the author of many titles. Canadian-born, she is married with two children, and is a huge animal lover. Want to know more? Click on her bio or drop her a line.


  1. This book sounds awesome.

  2. I enjoyed seeing how authors read others’ books. You bookmarked passages b/c you loved how they were written.

    Very cool.

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