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Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review - The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

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.

 I am a huge fan of Dan Walsh's writing, and was so pleased to learn that he had a new book coming out, and was delightfully surprised that he had teamed up with author Gary Smalley to create a new series that look at family relationships and marital relationships.

"The Dance" is the first book in Dan and Gary's "The Restoration Series," and it is a beautifully written story of one couple's tragic seperation and their journey back to each other.

I loved how ballroom dancing plays such a huge part of the characters Marilyn and Jim's reconnection - I'm a big fan of "Dancing With The Stars" and thought this inclusion was fun, as well as very meaningful in this couple's relationship. The authors also employ a gentle look at how the couple's faith and their spiritual journey also plays such an important role in their lives. I enjoyed getting to know the Anderson family, the main characters in this series, and look forward to future stories to come. And I surprised myself by shedding a few tears of joy at the conclusion of this emotional and powerful story.

I highly recommend "The Dance" for anyone who enjoys a well-written contemporary faith-filled story.

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 thanks to Baker/Revell Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

“Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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