Saturday, April 6, 2013
The Dance by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley. Wonderful Story!!
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.
MY REVIEW-Wow! I have always enjoyed Dan Walsh's novels and this one was no different. I have never really read anything by Gary Smalley but the two authors together make this a wonderful book. This is good for anybody, not just those struggling in their marriage. It will make you realize how important loving each other is, no matter what you are going through.
I really enjoyed getting to know Marylin, Jim, Michele, Allan, uncle Henry, Charlotte and Audra. I am telling you, it was so beautiful. The whole plot is a woman who is married and given everything she can dream of except one thing. You guessed it, love. Her husband has no clue why she left and gets upset at first but then comes to realize a lot of things. And behind this whole lifetime you have the beginning at their wedding when Jim refused to dance with Marylin. It sounds so simple and yet there is so much more to it. Michele is wise beyond her years and I loved reading her thoughts.
I am warning you ahead of time, you better have the tissues handy. I was reading this late at night, had to finish it in a hurry, and I could not stop crying. Partly for the pain that Marylin went through and then partly for Jim who never even realized what his wife was going through. The ache is made very real in this book and hopefully you learn things that will never go away. Definitely a keeper!! And what makes this even better is that it is part of a series, which means there will be more:)
Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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