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By Leaps and Bounds by [Diamond, Jacqueline]
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She used to be a ballerina…

At the height of her success, Kerry Guthrie’s career was cut short by an accident. Now she’s on her feet again, teaching young dancers and hoping for a comeback…until she butts heads with the father of her 15-year-old star student, and feels a spark that’s new to her.

A police officer, Chris Layne comes from a different world. Can they work together to make his daughter’s dreams come true, especially since he and his daughter are increasingly at odds? Along the way, Kerry must find her balance through an evolving emotional landscape.

Author Jacqueline Diamond has sold more than 90 novels, from romantic comedies and Regency romances to mysteries. Her publishers include Harlequin, St. Martin’s Press and Berkley. Recipient of a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times, she’s a former Associated Press reporter and TV columnist in Los Angeles.

Cover photo by Bill Davenport

Jacqueline Diamond writes interesting stories that her readers can immerse themselves in and forget about the “real” world for a while. Her books are very well thought out and multifaceted, giving us characters that we love to read about.
--Donna Zapf, Cataromance

Jacqueline Diamond's romances contain families, not just the couples but the whole family falling in love. That's because her books are home and community with a "you'll meet no strangers here" attitude.
--Michele Schram

I have been a longtime fan of Jacqueline Diamond’s and have always enjoyed her books.
--Kathy Boswell

Jacqueline Diamond is one of my favorite Harlequin writers and it's because her books are emotionally charged, leaving you feeling warm and cozy.
--Tracy Farnsworth, Roundtable Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 809 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: K. Loren Wilson (March 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #817,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and a Page Turner April 16 2012
By CA Book Lover - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Kerry Guthrie struggles with her fear of allowing anyone too close after a tragic accident ended her budding career as a prima ballerina in New York, and her engagement to a gifted conductor.
She opens a ballet school in California, but can't completely put aside her dream of returning to the stage. Her world has become her students, and one talented girl shines. When Melanie's father, Chris Layne, meets Kerry, new emotions bloom. A cop, Chris also has scars from the past and fears of headlong involvement. But their passion grows with their love. Melanie's first romance with a boy Chris considers a punk complicates ongoing friction with his sixteen-year-old daughter over allowing her to go to New York to pursue a career, with Kerry in the middle. Kerry sees at twenty-nine she only has a year or two more to try to recapture all she lost as a dancer, but that will mean leaving Chris behind. A warm, vivid and emotional window into ballet and the dreams of young dancers, and the choices love brings. A romance to remember.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars By Leaps and Bounds April 1 2012
By Helen Slifer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
By Leaps and Bounds
Jacqueline Diamond

Kerry Guthrie had just finished the performance of a lifetime. But, while her fiancé and she were traveling to tell her parents of their engagement, they were sideswiped by a truck. The wreck caused Kerry loses her career as a star dancer and had her fiancé walk away from her. When she was healing, a friend, Myron Placer, was retiring from the ballet troop and asked Kerry to help to start up a dance studio called Leaps and Bounds in Brea, California. Now seven years later Kerry was still wishing that she could return to New York and be a star again. She loved working with her students though. Some showed great promise, like young Melanie Layne and Tom Hadley, who danced a duet. Tom was more of a show dancer but Melanie had the making a new rising star.

Kerry was hoping that Melanie would be able to go to New York to further her studies. Melanie's father Police Lieutenant Chris Layne doesn't want Melanie to go to New York to study. Chris thinks that Melanie was unprepared for life away from home because she had spent most of her time taking dance classes and not going out into the real world. A ten-year-old girl named Suzie Ezell, who wanted very much to become a ballerina; started coming to the studio so did her brother Jamie. Melanie was smitten by Jamie, but all Chris saw was a punk who was going to ruin his daughter life.

Jacqueline Diamond story By Leaps and Bounds is a wonderful story of what we think we want and what we really need are two different things. You see how Kerry's life changed from what she thought she wanted to what she really needed. I enjoyed this story very much, this is one that you can settle back in favorite chair and enjoy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Story for Everyone! May 2 2012
By Crystal Burns - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"By leaps and bounds" is a great novel about discovering yourself and finding love when you least expect it.

Kerry Guthrie was a ballerina in her prime, when an accident ends her career. Now she is leaving in LA teaching ballerinas all with the hopes that she can one day return to her career in New York as a prima ballerina. Now 28 Kerry has to decide if she really wants to make a comeback, or if she wants to pursue a new career as a choreographer.

Chris Layne is the father of Kerry's top student Melanie, and when they met there is a instant connection. As their attraction grows they learn more about each other and help each other discover what they really want in life.

This book also shows a second romance going on between Melanie the top dancer and Jamie, whose little sister Suzie trains at Leaps and bound dance studio. Melanie & Jamie are very different from one another but that doesn't stop them from starting relationship.

Overall this was a GREAT book that I can see myself reading over and over again. Hats off to the Author!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Summer Read June 6 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I added this to my Kindle for two reasons. First, it takes place in Brea, CA, the city I lived in for over 20 years and second, it was free. In all fairness, I am not a reader of romance books. I typically read non-fiction but I found this to be a harmless, quick read. I tended to gloss over the reflective thoughts of the characters, the "what if he thinks..." and the "I really hope she..." kind of stuff and stuck to the plot movement. The story moved swiftly enough and the characters were likeable. The happy ending is predictable, as I assume is the norm for romance stories and that was fine by me. The parallel puppy-love story of the teenagers was a nice addition to the story. I also liked that there weren't any bodice-ripping or heavy breathing scenes. We all know that two adults who fall in love will eventually fall into bed and the author lets us fill in the blanks without all the gory details. Would I read other offerings from this author? If I had an interest in this genre, I would.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, heartwarming love story! May 13 2012
By Dafna Yee - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS; it had everything going for it to make it a wonderful story. Combining two romances with the world of ballet made both love stories (Melanie/Jamie and Kerry/Chris) richer and increased their scope. All of the characters seemed like real people facing important life decisions. The people all had complex personalities that were well-defined and three-dimensional. The dialogue was authentic and entertaining while the imagery was incredibly vivid and realistic. It was very easy to totally immerse myself in the story. Both the writing and the editing were very well-done and the style was smooth and flowing from the beginning to the end. Overall, BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS was a fantastic story and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants their love stories told with an emotional punch and a lot of heart.