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A Time to Dance (Timeless Love #1)

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John and Abby are ready to call it quits. But is it ever too late to love?

They're the perfect couple--envied by their friends, cherished by their children, admired by their peers. But John and Abby Reynolds know they're just pretending to be happy. In fact, they're waiting for the right time to tell the kids they're going to divorce. But at the family meeting where they pl
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 27th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2001)
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Nola Redd
Mar 26, 2008 Nola Redd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When people in Marion think of the perfect couple, John and Abby Reynolds automatically sprang to mind. After twenty-two years of marriage, everyone who knows them laud their idyllic relationship. But John and Abby have a secret – they can no longer stand each other. And when they bring their children together to break the news, their daughter shares news of her own – she’s getting married. Reluctantly, John and Abby decide to keep their problems to themselves so as not to ruin their child’s spe ...more
Aug 14, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well if you are looking to cry your eyes out this is sure the book for you! Maybe it was just me, but I got so attached to these characters that while reading I was truly feeling the pain of what they were going through. You hear about people getting divorced all the time, and I never really thought about what/how those people were feeling. After reading this book, my fear of getting divorced turned into a even bigger fear. Even though my fear become bigger, the idea that faith is what truly hol ...more
May 09, 2014 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, let's be honest: I'm not exactly the target audience for this book. I'm a twenty-six-year-old single guy...but, as I've found, I can often appreciate books by women authors, even when us people with "Y" chromosomes aren't the intended audience.

This specific book deals with marital problems, and how married folks can go too far with "friends" of the opposite gender, leading to strife, dissension, and, in this case, a desire to split. What could such a book possibly teach me?

Easy: Many of my
Tasha enderby
Despite my desire to slap this main charector for the first several chapters and often feeling the need to call the man a bastard out loud which got me a lot of looks in public. I knew Karen wouldn't let it get to far gone, it had to have a redeeming end. Yes, and it did! I am not a huge Kingsbury fan but my dearest and reading partner is so I knew I couldn't just toss the book. If anything this book depicts how easily we can get lost in our pain and only see what we want to see and it's easy to ...more
Rachel C.
(This book is 281 pages, not 583 or whatever. Just needed to throw that out there.)

Now, why did I love this book so much? I loved it because divorce is too common in today's society. In my opinion, people give up on their marriages way too easily these days. Having a partnership with somebody is not always going to be simple and easy, especially as you face life's challenges and heartaches together. It's so important to remain faithful and patient with one another. I've never been divorced, but
Oct 11, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Karen Kingsbury book I ever read, and from the first chapter I knew she'd be one of my favotire Christian writers. I like the way she portrayed the characters, making them have realistic problems and showing how they work through them. Inevitably this book, like all of her others, has a happy ending where everything works out, but it was still a great book. Just once, I'd like to see her write a book and deal with a situation where things don't end up smoothing themselves out b ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great book! Be prepared to have a box of tissues with you when you read this one. It was so well written I could feel the emotions of all the characters. A must read for every married woman whether you have a great marriage or otherwise. This book makes you realize how easy the busyness of life can take its toll on a marriage before you even realize what's happening. Can't wait to read the sequel!
Apr 23, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing
from the book: "They are the perfect couple-envied by their friends, cherished by their children, admired by their peers. But John and Abby Reynolds know they are pretending to be happy. In fact, they're waiting for the right time to tell the kids they're going to divorce. But at the family meeting where they plan toe tell their children, Nicole shares a surprise of her own; she's getting married. How can they spoil her joy with their announcement? They can pretend a little longer - until after ...more
Feb 05, 2011 Veline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly! John and Abby are seen by everyone around them as the perfect married couple. They have been married for 22 years and have no idea how to communicate??? What have they been doing in all that time? I recognize that people can grow apart, but these two never make any attempt to actually talk to each other. They just make accusations and suffer hurt feelings. I wouldn't say I have a perfect marriage, but we do TALK to one another, and there is mutual respect, meaning we listen to the othe ...more
Reanne Melhorn
Mar 26, 2013 Reanne Melhorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People who enjoy reading religious books would enjoy this novel, as it explores ones’ own sense of religion, making the reader question oneself about how they had treated their religion. Also, people who enjoy romance novels would enjoy this book. Instead of it being a book about two people falling in love, it’s about two people having to learn how to fall in love again to make a good example for their family. People who enjoy reading a long, slightly more challenging read would also enjoy this ...more
Jul 10, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Christian Fiction novel by Karen Kingsbury taught me that we must keep God close to our hearts so as not to stray and be tempted. It was an emotional story about a couple who were embarking on 22 years of marriage and on the verge of divorce. Over the last several years they allowed their busy schedules with their kids and their careers interfere with their marriage. Lonely and feeling overlooked, John Reynolds is tempted by a young, beautiful colleague. That colleague senses John's weaknes ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like Karen's other books the characters in this book were so real to me I caught myself stopping and praying for them at times.

A story that I can definitely relate too of how a lack of communication and time with God can allow a relationship to shrivel up and die.

But our God is sovereign and he loves us through it all! It's never too late to get back on track.

A great book for all who are married or will be married in the future.
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Ovo je jedna od onih knjiga kojoj ću se uvijek vraćati. Odlična!
Ally Robinson
While reading this book, I found myself hurting for the wife, because you can see her heart break all the way through this book, as she is confused on whether to fight for her marriage, or let it go. The husband is also very distraught as he is faced with saving the love that brought him his beautiful children and many years of happiness, or running off with the younger, more attractive teacher he works with. All of this is happening as their oldest daughter is engaged to be married, and they fi ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 14, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this story of young love. How it starts! How it grows! How it develops into a loving family. Then Karen Kingsbury shows you how love dies. Little by little. It never really starts out big - the problems that is. She gives you a look at the natural drifting that takes place in a marriage after 20 or so years while you are raising the kids).

Can this amazing love story be saved? Can they take the time to dance one more dance with each other? Can love survive? Can they have an amazing love s
Feb 11, 2015 Becki added it
Shelves: book-collector
Thinking back, I do believe this is the first Karen Kingsbury book I ever read. Not positive, but pretty sure. She has rereleased this book and its sequel, A Time to Embrace, with new covers (they look nice).\nThis novel tells the story of John and Abby Reynolds. She loved him since she was 10it took him a bit longer. However, theirs is a story filled with love, romance, and Gods design. Everyone looks upon their relationship as an example of what marriage should be. But no one sees the truth. T ...more
Billie Lester
Jun 01, 2015 Billie Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Words to dance by

I loved the story but more than the story, I loved the lessons I learned as I examined my own marriage and faced some major realities in my life. On the critical side, there was a huge number of errors in this Karen Kingsbury book. There were several incomplete sentences and the punctuation and spacing at the end of sentences was terrible at times. I have read many books but none with the number of obvious errors that were in this book.
As good as the story line was, I was tempt
Mary Beth
There was way too much anger and stiffness in the characters for this book to be entertaining. Mostly, I wanted to smack Abby. Is it possible for a person to be that angry and inflexible? They referenced going to therapy but surely a couple in therapy would have been forced to communicate better.
Nov 16, 2009 Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book was about a couple in the midst of getting a divorce after 21 years of marriage, it was uplifting. The book illustrates what they did wrong that allowed their marriage to fall apart, during which I was making mental notes of things that I would never do. It does have a happy ending.
May 22, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Time to Dance was such an amazing book about what can go on in a real life marriage. How communication and daily life can come in between a married couple. Abby and John have been married for 21 years. They have three grown children. They are on the brink of divorce. John is on the verge of having an affair with a co-worker. Abby is exchanging emails with her editor that are getting closer to being inappropriate. They are the going to have a family meeting and tell the kids they are getting a ...more
Emily Good
This is one of those books that I have very mixed feelings about and I wish I could rate more highly. As always, Karen Kingsbury managed to grip me from the very first page with her masterful way of being able to tell a story while communicating Biblical principles. However, I felt that half-way through it lost its momentum and that the book could have been much shorter as it got quite repetitive. Also, while the message Karen Kingsbury was sending was a good one (hold fast to your marriage and ...more
Tammy Ransdell
Jun 09, 2013 Tammy Ransdell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this unenjoyable book! The plot was redundant and over extended and seemed to go on and on. I gave it a star only because I had to in order to do a review. I think I'm done with Karen Kingsbury books.
Jennie Molloy
pretty cheesy but an easy read. I went away loving my husband more! it got an extra star for that! I'm reading the next one in the series and enjoying it more.
Lindsay Gillis
I've read a couple of Karen Kingsbury's books. Her writing seems wishy-washy. The characters didn't seem like real people to me. They're so obsessed with God. He's all they talk about, think about. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm a believer myself, but I don't know anybody like that. Even my believing friends and family and I talk about other things. Kingsbury's books are too heavy-hearted and we don't get any relief of tension until the very end. Not to mention there were way too ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me on an emotional roller coaster but it was well worth it!
Kerry Slaughter
Oct 27, 2015 Kerry Slaughter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was on vacation and stuck with only one book - this one. My first exposure to "Christian fiction", I thought the sentiment was admirable. But the characters were ridiculous, especially Abbie. Obtuse, self absorbed, and just not believable. But wear the author really lost me was with the anti-Catholic sentiments in the middle of the story. I just don't understand why that was necessary. We're all Christians. How did it elevate the story to slam another Christian religion? It didn't. It just sho ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
This was an engaging and thoughtful story. At times it was hard to read--the bitterness, anger, and selfishness portrayed made me wince. But who among us hasn't been angry or selfish towards their mate before? I think that's why some of it was hard to read--it was very realistic, and only too easy for me to see how I could fall into the same behaviors. I really enjoyed this book. I think it holds important wisdom regarding marriage and priorities. I came away from the book with a renewed desire ...more
Shauna Durbin
John and Abby have been married for 22 years. But somewhere along the way they have let their first love slip away. They both find themselves farther and farther away from God and each other. Can 2 people on the brink of divorce learn to love again? Or will it be too late? I think Karen Kingsbury did an excellent job of really capturing the confusion the enemy can play on a person's mind. John and Abby both really struggled with doing the right thing. One minute John loved his wife and the next ...more
Sid Frost
Jan 24, 2011 Sid Frost rated it really liked it
This is the story of Abby and John Reynolds and how they got to the brink of divorce after twenty-two years of being happily married, all while keeping their marriage problems secret from their three children and their friends.

While I enjoyed reading the book and got caught up with the characters, I never fully believed this could happen. Why? Because these were spiritual people who were supposedly brought together by God. When the story begins they weren't even going to church. Surely someone w
Michele Minor
Dec 27, 2010 Michele Minor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a couple who are on the verge of divorce after over twenty years of marriage. Abby and John Reynolds appear to be the perfect couple though they have a secret that they can't stand each other and have drifted apart. On the day that they were going to tell their children about the divorce their adult daughter and her boyfriend announce their engagement. The two of them decide to wait until after their daughter's wedding to let them know about the divorce. During preparations fo ...more
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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. In addition, it was recently announced that Roma Downey and MGM Studi ...more
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