Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley ~ review

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721480

This book is also available as an e-book.

April 1, 2013 The Restoration Series (Book 1)

Jim Anderson is a successful businessman, and his wife, Marilyn, is the perfect wife. And why wouldn't she be? He gives her everything she needs. That's why Jim never expected to come home one day and find Marilyn gone.
After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn has had enough of feeling unloved and neglected. She wants to experience some measure of happiness before she's too old to enjoy it, even signing up for dance lessons, something Jim would never do. What will it take for Jim to finally become the man Marilyn needs him to be?

Combining the literary talents of bestselling author Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of bestselling author Gary Smalley, The Dance is the first novel in The Restoration Series. Readers will get caught up in these flawed but sincere members of the Anderson family as they rediscover genuine love and start a transformation that ultimately affects all of them.

My take on this book:
In "The Dance" we meet the Anderson family. Marilyn and her husband Jim have been married for twenty-seven years but for most of those years Marilyn has felt unloved. Jim is successful and has given Marilyn and the family everything that they could ever want or need, but the one thing Marilyn needed she didn't get and that was attention, because Jim never really took time to pay attention to her.So when Marilyn decides she wants to experience a measure of happiness while she still can, she decides to leave Jim. Is it really to late for their marriage? Can Jim figure out what the problem is and become the man that Marilyn needs him to be?

What an interesting story. I could easily understand how Marilyn must have felt, from the opening pages I felt like Jim treated her more like a maid than a spouse.She felt unloved,Jim never really listened to her. I could just imagine how Jim must have felt as he walked into a house wondering what was for dinner, only to find that Marilyn was gone, and he was totally clueless as to why she was gone! It only took a few pages for me to see why she would leave. It was interesting to see the changes take place with Jim and Marilyn as the story progressed. I found myself hoping for a happy ending, but really I wasn't sure. Overall, a very realistic story of marriage, and how it can fail when communication is lost.  I enjoyed "The Dance" and look forward to reading the next book in The Restoration Series.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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

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