Ice Dancing is a very grown up love story with an engaging Scottish village setting. It is a beautiful evocation of the lightning strike of love at first sight, as well as a story of past suffering, its horrific but inevitable consequences - and the possibility of healing. 'He was utterly and completely beautiful out there on the ice. The music was part of the magic, sensual and insistent. He seemed like nothing but movement. I could have watched him all day. A creature of ice and fire. Bright and enticing.’Helen - who tells her own story - has almost resigned herself to the downward slide into mildly discontented middle age. She's an attractive and intelligent woman, approaching forty, married and living in a rural backwater, with her only child about to fly the nest. But when she meets and falls in love with Joe, a Canadian ice hockey player spending a season with a local team, she realises that nothing can ever be the same for either of them again. Joe is nine years younger and a hero to die for, good looking, polite and articulate. But like so many of Czerkawska's novels, which often deal with sorrow and betrayal as well as love, this is an intriguing and enthralling story with a very dark side. Although Joe skates like an angel, he has his own demons to cope with, a sadder, more complicated and infinitely more shocking past than Helen could ever imagine. (232 pages approx) Hilary Ely, reviewing this novel for Vulpes Libris, writes, 'The narrative brilliantly describes the physical imperative they have to be together – not just the snatched times alone, but the magnetic pull they have towards one another when other people are around, their almost uncontrollable urge to touch one another and the risks that brings.Catherine Czerkawska is an established novelist and award winning playwright, living and working in Scotland. As well as producing a significant body of fiction, long and short, traditionally and independently published, she has written more than a hundred plays for BBC radio, television and theatre.