Review: Dancing in Heaven by Christine M. Grote

Now that I’m officially moved and the majority of the boxes are unpacked it’s time I get back to business. Reviews, reviews, and more reviews.

Today’s gem is Dancing in Heaven. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Dancing in HeavenDancing in Heaven is an inspirational story about my sister Annie s life, death, and her significance in the lives of those of us who loved her and others who were touched by her. Born with severe brain damage, Annie never outgrew the needs of an infant. She didn’t walk or talk. Our parents fed her, changed her clothes, and lifted her from her bed to her wheelchair and back for her entire life of 51 years. This memoir provides a window into my family’ s life with a severely disabled member. But more importantly, Dancing in Heaven is a testimony to the basic intrinsic value of human life.

Memoirs are one of my favorite types of non-fiction since I love reading about every day people. Annie was not your average person. She lived 51 years and not once did she walk or talk. But she may have accomplished more than many of us. She loved without questions and she was loved by her family and friends. Wherever she went in life, people were drawn to her winning smile.

This book chronicles not only her life, but her death. I will warn you, it’s an emotional read. Fortunately for me, the author went back in forth in time. So when I would start to tear up, she would tell about a fond memory or funny event. It helped immensely. And the photos that the author included really helps the reader to connect with Annie. Seeing her smiling and experiencing life is a fantastic. After reading this book you’ll appreciate your loved ones in your life. And it will show you the power of love.


About the Author: 

Christine M Grote earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio, in 1979. After working for three and a half years in product development at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, she became a full-time homemaker as she raised three sons and a daughter. In 1999, she returned to school at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio, earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 2007. Christine lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband Mark and their dog Arthur.

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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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11 Responses to Review: Dancing in Heaven by Christine M. Grote

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Nice review and I totally agree. It was a hard one to read in places and i found myself looking for the Kleenex on more than one occasion but then she shifted gears and interjected something funny and more lighthearted and it moved me out of that emotion. I felt like this was one family that really knew the definition of love, didn’t you?

  2. CMSmith says:

    No convincing necessary, TB.
    Thanks for reading Annie’s story and taking the time to review it.

  3. It’s an honor to meet such a talented person that breathes inspiration, warmth and light around her. Thanks for sharing this amazing book with us.

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