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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
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Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2013)
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Larik
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! and I really mean WOW!! This is no fairy tale little story that translates into a few mistakes from the man and a little fuss from the woman, some insistence from the same man, some magical kiss and BANG- happily ever after!!! This is a hard-core relationship explanation. I felt like I was told a true story of a friend that went above and beyond marriage counseling.
I love this book and plan not just to recommend it to my facebook and goodreads friends but to all couples that struggle in
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Michelle
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
More like 4.5 stars.

This story started out a bit slow for me, but I found myself warming up to the characters and eventually softening toward Jim and Marilyn. Jim presented as an angry man who was upset about his wife leaving him and how that complicated his life and tarnished his image. There wasn't much to like about him at first. That was well portrayed and very good characterization by the authors. The fact that Marilyn was clearly bitter to the point that she didn't believe her husband even
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Sharon
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Goodreads: "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 f
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Andi
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
On a sunny day in central Florida, Marilyn has finally had enough, she can't believe she is actually doing what she is going to do, but she does it. She takes just what she needs from her beautiful home in River Oaks, leaves Jim a letter on his dresser and leaves. She is not leaving for good, she just wants space to think. She is tired of being a dangling charm on his arm, the nanny for his children, his maid, cook, and following his every command without him even asking what she thinks.

Jim is
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Loren
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley's newest book and the 1st in their Restoration Series! With their name on the Front cover, you have high expectations, right!? right!

Jim and Marilyn are sadly, a very common example of many marriages today. Each is set in their "roles" and they have grown further apart as the years go by. For Marilyn, she had been crying out how unhappy she was and Jim just wasn't hearing exactly what she was saying or how serious she was.

The Dance is excellen
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Meagan
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching story, thoughtfully written

Wow. What a remarkable, powerful book. I read this in a day—truly could not put it down!!

Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley did a fantastic job co-authoring this book. Sometimes when authors co-write, you can tell when one author stops and the other starts—the tones shift and the flow stops. But this was seamless. They are a great team in this story.

The scenes with the hurricane were particularly gripping! I had to keep reading until I found out what was going to happ
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Mandy J. Hoffman
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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The Overview

Twenty-seven years of marriage and Marilyn Anderson is walking out. Her husband is shocked while their three grown kids, in varying degrees, are anything but shocked. We see this happen in real life all around us and wonder how, why, and what on earth happened? The Dance brings real life events to the pages of a novel as the Walsh and Smalley work the characters through understanding why it happened and how to fix the problems that have built up over the years.

The Readability

All 325
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Nancee
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jim and Marilyn Anderson have lived in a relatively one-sided marriage since the day they wed and Jim refused to dance with Marilyn, both disappointing and embarrassing her. Jim's refusal to dance with her began a 27-year relationship based on Jim's priorities and demands with little regard for Marilyn's needs and desires. She was merely of a trophy wife, beautiful, the perfect hostess, and dutifully playing the role of a submissive wife. Extremely unhappy, Marilyn quietly leaves Jim in a search ...more
Jennifer Sikora
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When a book makes me cry and I read it from cover to cover in less than 2 days — I know it is a good one and a keeper.

When I opened The Dance to start reading, I was immediately drawn in. We meet Marilyn, a wife who has lost hope in her marriage, so she decided to leave. Thankfully all her children are almost completely grown and out of the house! My heart hurt for her as her story began to unfold during the first couple of chapters.

Right from the get go — I was mesmerized by this story.

It’s fun
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Carly
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don’t think I have read anything by Gary Smalley before, but I have certainly read every book written by Dan Walsh. He is one of my favorite authors, so I knew this would be a good book. Dan and Gary have come together to create a very readable and realistic story and touched me as I am sure it will touch others.

The Dance is a story about marriage, a troubled marriage. I’m sure there isn’t a married person out there who would not be able to relate to this story somehow. Every marriage has str
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Laura
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dan’s book, The Dance, is a powerful story of marital love and romance, with the interlude of a pending divorce. With the wonderful writing intricacies that are well-known by Dan Walsh and the additions of Gary Smalley, you get a worthwhile story of reconciling a difficult situation. And you will learn some wonderful insights into your own marriage relationship or how to work on issues before you get married.

I was totally overwhelmed with the delicate emotions, difficult decisions, and ultimate
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Darlene
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
the only ready i did not do this one as a 5 is because it started really slow for me fook me a bit to get into it but i have to say that when i got into it. I was not able to put it down even had tears in my eyes at times. My favorite character is Jim. What he learns and how he learns it is something that i can picture and am sure people have gone through. recommend this book to men and women married or not there is a message for all in this one.
Colette
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Quick read - predictable book. Husband is too busy with his own interests and work that he doesn't notice his wife's unhappiness until he come home one night to find her gone. The book focuses mostly on the wife 's search to find herself again and in the meantime the husband realizes the mistakes he has made and try's to win her back.
Dayreader Reviews
A must read

It doesn't matter if you think your marriage is perfect or if it is falling apart, there is much to learn. This was a great book with lots of lessons told through Marilyn's story. I could not put it down until I was finished. I can not say enough about how great this book is....YOU just have to read it to see what all the hype is about!
Debbie Sweeney
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice enough book. A bit preachy and churchy, which is fine but not really my cup of tea.
Kathy Mizell
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Me As Yourself

Marilyn and Jim had what seemed to be a good life, 27 years of marriage, 3 children, very well off, but Marilyn was so unhappy. It started on the day they married and gone down hill from there. Marilyn lost herself, and in many ways their children suffered also. Read this book and find out how Jim and Marilyn found their way back together.
Patricia Young
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

This is a delightful book to read. Well written with compassion and a message. Every marriage has its trials. This book addresses the challenges that can pop up,in relationships
Gayle
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of a love that was lost and the struggle for redemption.
Laura
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring!

Well written and a joy to read. So much truth and a wonderful ending. All married couples should read this.
Lila
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great written example of restoration of love in a marriage. It felt like the reader was living the restoration process as well as the couple being written about.
Rebecca
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Good Christian book. I enjoyed the characters.
Trinka
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was cute.. it should be a requirement for couples to read as part of pre-marriage training for Christian couples.
laurie  White
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story! It was so very much real life that at times I felt like crying.
Margaret Boehm
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ONe of my favorites
Brandi McPeak
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book! caught my attention, you could feel the emotion on both sides and really describes what can happen we when humble ourselves <3
Beverly
The Dance is the first book of Gary Smalley's and Dan Walsh's Restoration series. There are four books in the series. I have discovered that all the books can be read independently, but are easier understood and experienced if you read this first book before the others. I read this book after reading book four. Reading it filled in the gaps for me and helped me understand the underlying premise of the series. Book 1, at the time I have written this review, was/is a free ebook. You may want to ...more
Beth
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the way that dancing was used as a metaphor for keeping the marriage relationship going (or getting it back on track). One of the characters used teaching dancing as a way to show how the relationship should be - a partnership. But I don't think this book is just for people who are married. Anyone considering getting married (in the near future or hopefully ... one day) can benefit from the lessons coming out of this book to start off their marriage on the "right foot" (pun intend ...more
Carolyn Vandine west
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book so much, a great story of forgiveness and reconciliation. Reminds us how much we can become caught up in the day to day urgencies of left and forget the things that really matter. Great book for married and engaged couples.
Carole Jarvis
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://tinyurl.com/oubjc73

From now on, whenever I hear the phrase "the power of story," The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is one book that will quickly come to mind. The narrative takes real-life issues that many of us face - lack of communication, the drive to get ahead, acceptance by peers, financial insecurity - and meets them head on in a story with relationship advice seamlessly blended into a storyline that simply entertains. The Dance, book on in The
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Laura
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Wow after 27 years of marriage how what it must have taken to walk out. Sometimes having everything is not enough. Marilyn had what may have been viewed as “having it all” Without communication one can never know what is on the mind of another person. Jim just didn’t get it – why would she leave.

When one looks at the reason for her leaving ‘he didn’t’ dance with her” How awful that for those many years that Jim didn’t think of how Marilyn must have felt not being on the dance floor with all t
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CorrieGM
Even de achterflap herschrijven, want daar klopt niet alles:

Marilyn Anderson heeft genoeg van haar huwelijk. Haar man Jim is een succesvolle zakenman en geeft haar alles wat ze nodig heeft. Alles, behalve dat waar ze het meest naar verlangt: liefde.
KLOPT

Als Jim op een dag thuiskomt, ontdekt hij dat Marilyn vertrokken is. Ze heeft een brief achtergelaten waarin ze vertelt dat ze voorlopig geen contact meer met hem wil. Jim is razend en heeft geen idee wat hij verkeerd heeft gedaan.
KLOPT. Maar dan
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Jan Mcleod
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novel is bit different from most; however, it is a delight.
Jim and Marilyn have been married for 27 years. They are having marital problems because of Jim's lack of communication, feelings for others, and involvement with the family. He really is a control-freak and demands his own egotistical way because he is the "head of the family".
One day Marilyn has had enough and leaves without notice, though she does leave a note. Now she is a free-spirit who has found a job and is taking dancing l
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Randy Tramp
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Book
Jim’s a businessman. Marilyn, his wife, has everything she needs, except what’s most important. After many years of marriage, feeling unloved, Marilyn leaves.

My Thoughts
I found myself having to stop reading to wipe the tears. The emotional details kept me turning the pages and flamed a passion in me to be the best husband I could be.

Jim was clueless as to his behavior, but his kids were not. I enjoyed the candor communication he experienced with them in trying to find the answer.

This wa
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Rachel
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this book, a couple is experiencing a trying time in their marriage. The wife has to make a decision about her own well-being, and brings things to a head with her husband and children. I was concerned, initially, when the separation was presented as a natural thing. However, the authors (Walsh uses many of Gary Smalley's principles) weave a beautiful story of redemption, not with flowery prose, but with real, and painful steps taken by each of the characters. As they take the difficult path ...more
Michele
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
It is always great to read a book without offensive language and explicit sex. This is one of those books but it did get a bit "preachy" at times. Although I do agree with all the sentiments and teaching in the book, I prefer when it is a bit more subtle.

That said, I did enjoy the story of Marilyn & Jim, whose marriage is in serious trouble and Marilyn has moved out. The book is mostly about Jim trying to discover why this has happened and if/how he can reverse it.

Marilyn is both depressed
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Yvonna
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marriage is difficult in the best of circumstances

How lovely to use the metaphor of dancing and the fears that go with performing to a marriage! This novel describes what happens in so many marriages over time: complacency. In Marilyn' case, she didn't know how to make her husband understand how she felt and living with her feelings for 27 years. In Jim's case, he was absolutely clueless, with everything revolving around himself. He provided for the family, so what more should he need to do. The
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Lillie
Along with an entertaining story, this book contained valuable relationship advice. It's encouraging to read of a marriage being saved from the brink of destruction.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it seemed to me that Jim got all the blame for their failed marriage, and Marilyn was treated as the wronged party. She did have flaws show up after the separation, and the bulk of the blame may have been rightly attributed to Jim. However, I believe in any relationship, no one
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Ruthe Turner
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve just finished “The Dance” with a full heart, a few tears and a big smile. Ah, it’s everything I like in a novel – entertaining, informative, and inspiring. The plot is all too familiar - a marriage is in trouble, the couple has separated and it is going to take an act of God to heal the damage. Co-author Dr. Gary Smalley writes from personal experience, which he talks about in the follow-up interview at the end of the book. Dan Walsh, currently a full time writer, was also a pastor for 25 y ...more
Gerry Nelson
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a simple story about a marriage in trouble, a husband who takes his wife for granted. Not a lot of excitement or mystery to keep you turning the pages. It probably will not win any literary awards, and the outcome becomes fairly obvious at an early point in the book. Yet I kept reading right to the end. When I finished the book I found tears running down my cheeks and a renewed resolve to cherish my bride of 50 years. Thank you Dan & Gary, for reminding me how precious my wife is to ...more
Rebekah Tooley
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was a sweet story of a mother who has been married for 27 years separates from her husband because of his overly bearing and control - freak like attitude. Her children all grown, the youngest in his Senior year of high school, Jim, her husband takes 'dancing lessons' in which an older lady gives him homework assignments to help bring him closer to his wife.

One thing I thought odd, was how Melinda conversed through her daughter through every small detail.

'Im not necessarily condoning danc
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Florence
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Restoration of Hearts

This story touched my soul, as I was able to see my part of the heartache brought onto our family. The divorce happened only 20 years ago, but the dying of the marriage happened many years before. I wish we had had an Uncle Henry, or a Charlotte, or an Audrey in our lives. Gary Smalley and Dan Walsh wrote a superb first book of the Restoration series. Many troubled marriages need the wise counsel of people like these taking them first to the throne of prayer. I will definite
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Paige
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dan Walsh’s books have never disappointed and this was no exception. I enjoy Walsh’s books because they are firmly rooted in faith without being judgmental or preachy. It may sound corny but I always feel lighter after reading his books and they almost always catch me in my ‘feels’.
This one touched on a pretty sensitive topic; feeling unappreciated in a marriage. I am sure that is something ever married person has felt at some point, even in cases where there isn’t a separation. I did find that
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Ann
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jim Anderson is stunned when he arrives home from work after a busy day and discovers his wife is missing. His shirts aren’t ironed. Dinner isn’t on the stove. How could she do this to him?
After twenty-seven years of being Jim’s version of a perfect wife, Marilyn has had enough. She leaves Jim a note telling him not to contact her, then settles into an apartment with a girlfriend. Finally free to do what she wants for a change, Marilyn finds a job and fulfills a lifetime dream by signing up fo
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Delores Liesner
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

Dan Walsh’s writing has been compared to Nicholas Sparks, and when I got The Dance after recently re-reading The Wedding by Sparks, I thought they would be similar, but other than the basic theme of restoration The Dance had a whole new dimension.

Book number one of the aptly sub-titled Restoration Series wisely reveals the fallout of an unhealthy marriage relationship and surface Christianity on every member of the family. Decades of missed-signals (Jim) an
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Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
This was a wonderful book! It really hit home learning that a Christian marriage and family can also have misunderstandings to the point that a person doesn't feel loved. Marilyn was so strong to finally walk out, after who knows how many months or years of trying to get her husband's attention. She moves in with a single christian woman and starts working at a local gift shop. One day at lunch, she meets an elderly woman, Audrey, who used to own the local dance studio. It is because of this mee ...more
Mark
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My favorite genre' of books to read is suspense/mystery. Dan Walsh's books do not fall into that category, but he has still quickly become one of my favorite authors. When I know he has a new book coming out, I cannot wait to read it and devour it in one sitting, just as I do with a great suspense book. This book was no exception. I did read it in one sitting.

The Dance is the first book in the Restoration Series, a set of four books that will revolve around one fictional family and their relati
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Kate
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes change is not always evident.

Marilyn and Jim married for 27 years are about to discover that wants and needs collide.
Marilyn Anderson alone with her thoughts and dreams decides to take a different direction in life. Her husband Jim is a workaholic businessman and owner of Anderson Development obsessed with the accumulation of wealth does not know how to deal with Marilyn's new way of life. He tries to relate but finds himself further from the truth.
Can there be a happy ending to the i
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Sharon Chance
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Dan Walsh's writing, and was so pleased to learn that he had a new book coming out, and was delightfully surprised that he had teamed up with author Gary Smalley to create a new series that look at family relationships and marital relationships.

"The Dance" is the first book in Dan and Gary's "The Restoration Series," and it is a beautifully written story of one couple's tragic seperation and their journey back to each other.

I loved how ballroom dancing plays such a huge par
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Victor Gentile
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley in their new book, “The Dance” Book One in The Restoration Series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Jim and Marilyn Anderson.

From the Back Cover: 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 e
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Laura
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: THE DANCE
Authors; Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
Publisher: Revell
April 2013
ISBN: 978-0800721480
Genre: Contemporary

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 connec
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Tamara Tilley
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
THE DANCE, by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley was a very thought provoking read. And though I knew when I was asked to review it that it wasn’t really in my wheelhouse (romance/suspense), romance indeed filled the pages. Not in the physical sense, but definitely in the psychological sense.

Marilyn Anderson has a very affluent lifestyle provided to her by her husband. But after twenty-seven years of marriage, her beautiful home, stylish dinner parties, and upscale social status has left her feeling les
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Leah
Jim Anderson comes home from work to find his wife is gone. No longer happy in their relationship, Marilyn has left him. He doesn't pay any attention to her, listen to her, or provide her with the kind of love she deserves. Most of all, she's never danced with him, not even on their wedding day.

How do Jim and Marilyn bring themselves back together? Is it even possible? Will it tear apart their grown (and almost grown) kids? Can their marriage be saved?

This is a story of sacrifice. Sometimes we h
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Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Going into this novel, I wasn't sure I'd like it. I don't generally like novels that are about married couples or about couples who are having marital problems.

But I decided to give this one a shot and I'm so glad I did. This novel was absolutely beautiful. I loved reading it.

I love novels where characters experience s
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE DANCE by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley is an interesting inspirational contemporary fiction set in River Oaks, Florida. First in
"The Restoration"series. Have your tissues ready,ladies, you will need them. Follow, Marilyn Anderson, the perfect wife to Jim,a successful businessman,and who is tired of the position after twenty seven years. She is looking for more adventure,passion, and a connection to her husband. Jim must win her back,after she leaves him for a new job. Along the way he finds o
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Trinity Rose
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’ve read all of Dan Walsh’s books and some of Gary Smalley’s and found this book very interesting, but found some of it not realistic.
The Dance is about a couple who have been married for 27 years and the wife isn’t happy, because she doesn’t feel loved or appreciated. The husband just is interested in himself and work. I can understand and believe that, but in The Dance all of the blame is on the husband and the wife seems to be the perfect one. I know in a marriage if there are problems it’s
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Joy
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dan Walsh is such a talented writer, I've read all of his books and looked forward to this one with great anticipation. Being unfamiliar with Gary Smalley and not knowing how easy or difficult it is to co-write a book I wasn't quite sure what to expect but these two did not disappoint! This is a story that is being lived out in many couples marriages. Marilyn and Jim have been married for 27 years and after several years of Jim's first love being his work Marilyn decides to take a separation and ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Dance
The Restoration Series #1
By Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

For 27 years Jim Anderson thought he had the perfect marriage, but he is about to find out he was wrong! Marilyn has tried talking to Jim about the problems with their marriage, but he won't listen to anyone else so Marilyn does the only thing she can do - she leaves him.

The Dance is a journey to discover self and to save a marriage. Marilyn has lost who she is to her marriage and she takes this break to get a job, share an apartment
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