Apr 9, 2013

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.

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.

Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley make a dynamite writing team with their brand new co-authored Restoration Series. When you combine a leading story teller with a leading expert in the field of family and personal relationships, you end up with a story that captures your attention from the start, and at the same time teaches some incredible lessons on ways to restore broken relationships and broken hearts.

This book spoke to me on many levels. There were things that I wish I had known many years ago. Due to the recent loss of my husband, some parts of this book were almost too painful for me to read, but at the same time, it made me so thankful for all the great years we had together.

For a captivating and inspirational story that also offers hope and dynamic advice on how to restore broken relationships, I think this new series is a great choice.

I can't wait for the next book in the series titled The Promise which will be available in September 2013.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Hi Janet! I too really enjoyed this book and share your views as well. I'm really looking forward to book 2 in this series!

  2. Great review Janet! I really enjoyed this book too and cannot wait to read book two in the fall!