Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Dance: A Book Review

About The Book:

Love’s recovery starts with a single step . . .
After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn Anderson is tired of playing the role of perfect wife. Her husband Jim is a successful businessman who gives her everything she needs-a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood, the financial freedom to be a stay-at-home mom, an enviable collection of stuff. Everything, that is, except what really matters: love.
After years of trying to connect with Jim, Marilyn has had enough. She longs to experience some measure of happiness before she’s too old to enjoy it. Needing some time to herself to sort things out, Marilyn leaves to start a new job and take dancing lessons-something she has wanted to do for as long as she can remember.
Shocked to find his wife gone, Jim Anderson must sort through the past to save his marriage. With a little help from an unexpected ally, he begins a campaign to win Marilyn back. What he doesn’t anticipate is how his actions will affect everyone around him-starting with himself.
About The Authors:
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Discovery and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel.
Gary Smalley is one of the country’s best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 40 years and live in Missouri.
My Review:
I have had the amazing opportunity to have been able to review all of Dan Walsh's books and he is one of my favorite writers. His books often remind me of Nicholas Sparks and when I found out that he was teaming up with Gary Smalley on a four book series, it was very hard to contain my excitement. 
The Dance is the first book in the Restoration Series and after reading it, I cannot wait to read the next three books! The Dance will take you through the ups and downs of marriage, using dance as a theme throughout the novel. I have been married for over 15 years and related to a number of the emotions displayed, and the journey through a marriage crisis. I felt that the authors did wonderful justice to the characters and their marriage of 27 years. The writing flowed flawlessly and the characters very well developed. 
Though marriage crisis' are not an enjoyable topic, it was very pleasant to watch the journey between Marilyn and Jim as they realized that they needed to stop living individual lives and come together with God at the center. This is also a wonderful example, albeit fictional, that divorce does not need to be the option in many marriage. While sometimes it is truly unavoidable, through heart changes, improved communication, hard work and God's healing, there can be true restoration.
I absolutely loved that the book combined the wonderful fiction of Walsh with the relationship advice of Smalley, and allowed the reader to be drawn into the live of Jim and Marilyn from the very first pages. 
This book will appeal to all readers, whether married or not. I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 
BUY IT: You can purchase The Dance at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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