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The Dance Begins is an enthralling short story introduction to Pretending to Dance, from the bestselling author of The Silent Sister and The Midwife's Confession, Diane Chamberlain. North Carolina: 1982 Life on Morrison Ridge for married couple, Nora and Graham, is changed forever when a young woman named Amalia and her social worker turn up at their front door with a toddler, Molly, in tow. Nora is told that Molly is Graham's child, and if they do not take her in then foster care awaits the bright young girl. Far from happy with accepting Molly into her home, Nora is even more uncomfortable with Graham's desire for Amalia to remain in Molly's life, and therefore in theirs, as Amalia takes up residence in the small community. Although upset at learning about this unknown part of her husband's past, Nora finds herself learning to love and treasure the sweet new addition to their lives and soon cares for Molly as if she was her own. As the family comes to terms with the unexpected arrival, they begin to discover the surprising role the little girl will play in all their lives.