Finalist – 2013 Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Finalist – Inspirational Book of the Year 2013 – RT Book Reviews Magazine
Pull back the curtain on a family that has laid their foundation on shifting sand, but is slowly rediscovering genuine love and the power of forgiveness.
The Promise is the second novel in the Restoration series. It begins seven months after the ending of The Dance. Jim and Marilyn Anderson are doing much better, but things are beginning to unravel in their son Tom’s marriage. He’s been out of work for five months and hiding it from everyone. The Promise reveals the power of a father’s love and a wife’s faith to rescue a marriage on the verge of collapse.
Reviews and Endorsements:
“In the second installment of the Restoration series, authentic characters and challenges, beautiful and uplifting prose and solid marital advice flourishes…The story is so captivating you’ll find it difficult to put down.” – 4.5 Stars, Top Pick! RT Book Reviews
“The Promise is a moving tale, filled with authentic human emotion and believable drama. It delves into problems plaguing many families, illustrating the value of communication and understanding. It also deftly points out the importance of a father’s role…An inspiring read.” — The New York Journal of Books
“With sympathetic characters and an uplifting ending, this second series entry (after The Dance) by Christian Fiction author Walsh and relationship expert Smalley is sure to please their fans…” – Library Journal
“Walsh’s and Smalley’s ministerial backgrounds take The Promise from merely a family-based novel to an insightful drama of faith about the challenges, and the different ways people handle them, in today’s marriages.” – Booklist
“The Promise by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is the emotionally-charged second novel in the Restoration series. This book reads well as a standalone novel, but you will appreciate characters and parts of the story much more if you’ve read the first book, The Dance.” – Vine Voice (5 Star Amazon Review)
A Word to the Guys…
“The Restoration series has great characters and each book has a great plot, but there is a lot of relationship advice sandwiched in between the covers. In the newest book, The Promise, honesty in a marriage is addressed, as well as the relationship between a father and his children, and how his actions and expectations can affect even his adult children and their lives and marriages. There may be a woman on the cover of the Promise and the book it follows, but these books are written for men and women, and men and women should both read them. The books could change their lives and help their marriages and other relationships. The Promise especially hit home with me and has caused me to examine my relationships and how I affect those people closest to me in my life.” — Mark Buzard, Thoughts of a Sojourner Blog