Book 1 of the Restoration Series
Top Pick! – RT Book Reviews, Winner – 2013 Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Finalist, ACFW Carol Award, Best Contemporary Novel 2014
CBA and ECPA Bestseller
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 romantic first novel in The Restoration Series. Readers will get caught up in these flawed but earnest characters as they rediscover genuine love and start a transformation that will ultimately affect their whole family.
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Endorsements and Reviews:
“This novel is very entertaining and easy to read but also tells a story that is powerful and relatable to everyone. I believe every person and married couple that reads The Dance will be deeply touched and changed for the better. This book is worth your time!” — Jimmy Evans, Pastor, Founder & CEO of Marriage Today and author of Lifelong Love Affair
“This powerful and emotional story of healing and restoration is sure to grip your heart from the very first chapter. Don’t miss out on the encouragement and inspiration of this life-changing book. You won’t be able to put it down.” —Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, NY Times #1 bestselling authors of Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts and The Good Fight
“Marilyn Anderson, after 27 years of marriage, leaves her husband. ‘I’ve dropped hint after hint, clue after clue,’ she says in her note. Jim, a successful businessman, is clueless, but, once over his anger, he begins soul-searching with help from his children and retired dance instructor Audrey Windsor. Marilyn, meanwhile, finds a job and a roommate and begins dance lessons. Throw in a well-meaning uncle, their daughter Michele’s wedding, their sons’ questions, a demanding church deacon, a dashing dance instructor, and a hurricane, and readers will definitely come away satisfied and shedding tears at the end. Mixing fiction’s emotion and nonfiction’s teaching works splendidly here.” ―Publishers Weekly
“4.5 Stars/Top Pick – Walsh’s literary talents and Smalley’s relationship expertise combine in a spiritually and emotionally powerful start to the Restoration series. Walsh’s characters come to life, and important marital and life lessons are woven throughout.” —RT Book Reviews magazine (Leslie McKee)
“…When a novel is in the hands of accomplished storyteller Dan Walsh and the lessons come from relationship expert Gary Smalley, the result is a story that manages to simultaneously teach and entertain. For those who prefer their counsel in non-fiction form, this book drew heavily on Smalley’s The DNA of Relationships. After reading The Dance, even fiction lovers might want to dive straight into the DNA for more details. Yes, the advice is that good—it’s even useful for single folk—but if Walsh hadn’t made us care about the characters The Dance would have been just another thinly-disguised self-help book. We do care about the characters, though…As always, Walsh paints the background with a master’s touch…The Dance is the first of a series focusing on the Anderson family. That’s good; because this Dance deserves an encore.” ― Crosswalk.com
“Authors Walsh and Smalley use dance as a powerful metaphor in this novel of love lost. Married and engaged couples will benefit from this story that beautifully illustrates the effort―and God’s grace―necessary to bring healing to a marriage and family.” ―Christian Retailing Magazine (Kim Peterson)