In 1910, no one believed there would ever be a war with Germany. Safe in her affluent middle-class life, the rumours held no significance for Victoria either. It was her father's decision to enroll her at university that began to change all that. There she befriendes the rebellious and outspoken Beryl Whittaker, an emergent suffragette, but it is her love for Gerald Avery, a talented young poet from a neighbouring university that sets the seal on her future. After a clandestine romance, they marry in January 1914, but with the outbreak of the First World War, Gerald volunteeres but within months has gone missing in France. Convinced that he is still alive, Victoria's initial attempts to discover what has become of him, implicate her in a murderous assault on Lord Kitchener resulting in her being interrogated as a spy, and later tempted to adultery. Now virtually destitute, Victoria is reduced to finding work as a common labourer on a run down farm, where she discovers a world of unimaginable ignorance and poverty. It is only her conviction that Gerald will some day return that sustaines her through the dark days of hardship and privation as her life becomes a battle of faith against adversity.
Dance The Moon Down begins is about Victoria. She's a young woman who just wants to attend university during the early 1900's. After her parents granter her permission she spends the next few years there, until she meets the man of her dreams Gerald. After a year of a secret relationship these two decide to marry. But they never thought once they actually got married all of the problems they would face. Soon after their marriage, the war began and Gerald volunteered to go fight. Shortly after joining he goes missing and Victoria sets out to do what she can to figure out what has happened to her husband. This book shows how the hardships that some woman faced during the times of war back in that time period. We get to see the span of several years in Victoria's life, and how she grows, and changes with everything else around her.
This book was very very very good! I really enjoyed it. At first I wasn't really sure what to think, and I was slightly confused with how the book started. But once I got into it a little bit it just got better and I could not put it down. I loved Victoria's character. She was truly amazing. And all of the side characters were just as awesome too. The book has a beautiful ending. But I have to say I cried several times through out this book. To me it was horrible sad at times, but it made me admire Victoria all the more for everything she had to go through. I look forward to more by this author now as well.