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A Time to Dance (Timeless Love #1)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  5,067 ratings  ·  254 reviews
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, 329 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2001)
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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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
Nora St Laurent
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
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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
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.
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.
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
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
This book had me on an emotional roller coaster but it was well worth it!
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
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
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
Oct 30, 2011 Lo rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are having difficulty with a relationship or marriage
Okay this book was interesting, so I'm going to write two reviews: one on the quality of the book and one on the context.

I based my rating off of the quality because I felt that was the most fair. This book is a simple, straight forward read - linear, no plot twists, and tragic for about 90% of the read. The vocabulary is unimpressive and I read this entire book while having a migraine (which means it falls into a category with Twilight and Ella Enchanted as far as mental processing). N
I've read quite a few Karen Kingsbury books before, and although this is not my favorite of hers, I still really enjoyed it. I plan to read the follow-up book, A Time to Embrace, soon.

This book is the story of John and Abby Reynolds. To their family, friends and community, they appear to have the perfect marriage. What they are hiding is a marriage that has spiraled out of control, and they are barely speaking. And when they do, it is bitter and hurtful. They try to hide this from their children
John and Abby Reynolds are the shining example of a long-lasting marriage to all their family and friends, or at least that's what everyone thinks. Little do they know the broken hearts that John and Abby hide behind a facade.

What started out as a beautiful romance and a promise of forever, now is falling apart after 21 years, and they have to break it to their kids. The problem is that their daughter announces her engagement to a wonderful, Christian man, and they decide to put off their plan f
A captivating, heart-wrenching story well-told. Something I appreciate about this book is that both main characters are flawed and contribute to the drama at hand, unlike many Christian romances where one presents all the trials and the other reacts with saintly perfection. The characters of this book were real and believable.
There were a few drawbacks to this book. First, all the characters seemed to relate to God in the exact same way - it seemed a little too forced at times. Second some of t
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

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