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The Desire

(Restoration #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Can faith build a bridge between their dreams?

For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts--and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something's got
Paperback, 325 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published August 26th 2014)
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Laura Krooswyk
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm reviewing this one for Samantha! I loved this one! It brought me to tears!
Christian Fiction Addiction
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The Restoration Series" continues in fine form with the third addition to the series, "The Desire". While the first book focused on the healing of Marilyn and Jim's marriage, and the second book followed their son Tom and his wife through some major challenges, this third installment primarily focuses on Marilyn and Jim's daughter Michelle and her husband Allan. The authors explore the couple's struggle with infertility in a compassionate and realistic manner, set against a fascinating backdrop ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
While The Desire by Dan Walsh is part of The Restoration Series it can easily be read as a stand alone. That said I have read each book in the series and find that the author does a superb job at capturing the essence of real life struggles that we might face daily. With this book the topic is infertility. Michele and Allan have been trying to have a baby for over a year, and while her mother and Allan doesn't think it's a big deal that she hasn't gotten pregnant but it seems like forever to Mic ...more
The Desire was a very touching story. I've enjoyed all of the previous books in the Restoration series and this book was no different. The Anderson family brings a great dynamic to the books and I love how each book shares about each of them while focusing on a specific member of the family.

In The Desire, we get the story of Allan and Michele (the Anderson's second child). Allan has a heart for missions and the story begins with him currently on a trip to Africa. Michele is struggling emotional
Diana Montgomery
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Desire
By: Dan Walsh
Gary Smalley

I love to read books by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. All books you pick up and can't put down. Always well written. Characters you fall in love with.
Michele who hasn't been able to have a baby fulfills a longing by watching kids play at a park. While her husband is off on a missions trip and sees how bad the children are there and a little orphan girl touches his heart. He wants to do all he can to help over in Africa, Michele wants to have a baby and looking i
Kathy Mizell
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Home for Ayana.

This series, Restoration should be read by every one who loves their family, has problems in their families, which all of us do, and wants God to use us. I love this family. They are so life like, with their doubts, their need to help others, and I know you will also.
Margaret Boehm
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this author. excellent novel
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is another heartwarming, touching novel by two of my favorite authors, continuing The Restoration Series. The book deals with a subject, that is near and dear to my heart, that of infertility, in a sensitive yet realistic manner. As my husband and I have walked this path, I was able to immediately identify with all of the characters, especially Michele. All of the testing, the pressures of society to have a family in order to be complete, the insensitive remarks made by others, were all thi ...more
Carole Jarvis
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

The Restoration Series is an extremely well-written family drama that combines the literary talents of Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of Gary Smalley. These stories pull back the curtain of a family that has laid their foundation on shifting sand, but is slowly rediscovering genuine love and the power of forgiveness. The authors did a great job in writing so that each story can stand alone, but I highly recommend reading from th
Jalynn Patterson
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts--and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something's got to give. But they both hope it's not their marriage.

Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Authors: Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
Publisher: Revell
August 2014
ISBN: 978-0800721503
Genre: Contemporary / Marriage issues

Can faith build a bridge between their dreams?

For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts--and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--on supporting displaced children in Africa. Som
Victor Gentile
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley in their new book, “The Desire” Book Three in The Restoration Series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Allan and Michele

From the Back Cover: Can faith build a bridge between their dreams?

For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts–and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time–and their money–on supp
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
In The Desire, authors Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley pick up the story of the Anderson family, which began with The Dance and continued in The Promise. (Don't worry if you haven't read books one and two; this book works as a stand-alone novel. I hadn't read the other books in the series, and I didn't feel like I was missing much; there were just a few references that I didn't understand.) This book focuses on Anderson daughter Michele and her husband Allan and their struggle with competing desires— ...more
Allergykidmom's Book Reviews
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"...God sometimes has to put people in tough places to get their attention, make them aware of how much they need him." (pg. 53)

That quote alone from the book meant so much to me. Not only summing up the whole idea of the book for me, but also holding a lot of meaning in my life.

When I first picked up The Desire, I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it. I thought it was going to be just another book to read. A lot of times when there are multiply books in a series and you read them out of
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Desire
The Restoration Series 3
By Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

The Desire is the third book in The Restoration series. This series is the joint efforts of two talented writers Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. This book builds on the previous books in the series, though it is not necessary to read the first two to enjoy The Desire.

In The Desire Michelle and Allan have been married for about two years and to Michelle's disappointment they have yet to have a baby. Michelle's longing for a child is start
Nadine Keels
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
They held hands and prayed, acknowledging how big this thing was...
When they were done, she looked up at Jean and felt something else inside.

A sweet novel, The Desire is. I hope that isn't an inappropriate or insulting way to describe a book written by two men, but it is indeed a sweet story. While the characters, particularly Michele, Allan, and Christina, face some tough and complicated situations--unplanned pregnancy, infertility, marital challenges, meeting impoverished orphans--authors
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My favorite genre' is Christian suspense, which Dan Walsh does not write, but he is still one of my very favorite authors. When I heard he was writing a series - his first series - I couldn't wait to read it, and each book has been worth the wait.

This is the third in a series of four books, all revolving around one family, each book focusing on one or two members of the family. The first book centered on the parents, the second on the oldest son, and this one on the only daughter and her husba
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
n The Desire we return to River Oaks, Florida where the Anderson family lives. This time the story is focused on Allan and Michele. For a little over a year they have been trying to have a baby, but nothing is happening. As each month passes Michele becomes more and more despondent and resentful towards others that seem to neglect their children. She desperately needs her husband's support and attention but his heart and mind keep turning to the needy children in Africa. They desperately need to ...more
Hallie Szott
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley return with another story from the Anderson family in The Desire, the third novel in their Restoration series. This story focuses on Michele and Allan as they each determine how to achieve their desires. Michele wants more than anything to become pregnant and have a child of her own, while Allan devotes much of his time to planning an orphanage in Africa, after returning from a particularly moving mission trip. Yet, neither de
J.C. Morrows
Believe it or not, this is the first book by Dan Walsh that I have read.

I know it’s pretty hard to believe… that there is a reader of Inspirational fiction that has yet to read one of these AMAZING books but that’s me…

Or it was anyway…

I’m not in that category anymore. LOL!

And what a place to start… WOW!

The opening sentence…

“Michelle didn’t know why she’d come here, why she tortured herself this way.”

I mean… does it get any more intriguing than that! Right there, you have a perfect formula for ho
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Beautifully wrote with such power and imagery throughout. My heart broke over Allen's dealing with the people of Korah and the orphans there. To know this is a reality for millions is simply heartbreaking.Tthe village of Korah in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is a real place and the community is also home to a large orphan population, most of who live in the city garbage dump and only eat what they can find there each day. There is no running water or electricity and houses are constructed from mud, pi ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This was an amazing story! I have read the first two books in the series and while I enjoyed them, I loved this one! I liked seeing the faith journey of Michele, especially, as she moves from being obsessed with having a baby to trusting God's timing and the plan He has for them. I loved reading about the spiritual truths she was learning from a Bible study and how they pertain to everyone, including myself. It was very cool how it all worked together for good at the end. The focus on the missio ...more
Tamera Lynn Kraft
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Dan Walsh isn’t the typical romance writer. He is a bit on the sappy side, but the thing I love about his novels is that certain element that stirs heartwarming emotions in me. Many times he writes about married couples which I love. The best romance is after a couple is married. His Restoration Series is about marriage and families. The first novel in the series, I loved. I loved the second novel, The Promise, but at times felt it was a little too sappy and preachy. That brings me to the third ...more
Kym McNabney
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Having gone through many years of infertility, THE DESIRE: A NOVEL (THE RESTORATION SERIES) (VOLUME 3) by DAN WALSH and GARY SMALLEY, immediately grabbed my attention.

THE DESIRE touches on a few of the trials and tribulations a couple experiencing infertility goes through. MR. WALSH AND MR. SMALLEY given readers a glimpse into areas many couples experience that are often not realized by others.

Allan and Michelle have been trying to have a baby, and time is proving that something isn't right. A
Charlotte Dance
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Desire can be a good thing or turned into a very bad thing. This novel is a very good thing. As with all Dan Walsh books, the characters will live in your mind. Even though this is the 3rd book of the series, it could stand alone. However, if it is the first one you read, I would almost guarantee that you will want to read the first 2. This book struck home to me in ways that the other books of the series didn't. This book deals with infertility and adoption. I haven't dealt with infertility, bu ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
“The Desire” by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is the story of a couple struggling with infertility which is becoming hard on their relationship. Both Michele and Alan are spiritual people, very active in their church and very family oriented.

Discouragement comes in the form of a large family, many of whom do not understand the hopelessness and despair which the young couple experiences each time it is evident that they are not pregnant. Michele is struggling more than Alan. Alan is very involved i
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Michelle and her husband Allan have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. Michelle feels the pain of this more than her husband. It has become almost an obsession. But Allan seems wrapped up in his mission work and just isn't seeing Michelle's grief. The main part of the story is about their journey towards parenthood. But it also includes members of their family as well, as it ties up parts from a previous book and sets up the next book in the series.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley's Restoration series. Each one deals with a different marriage stress or issue. There will be a fourth book in the series as well.

I personally find it much easier to read a fiction story than an how to book, and these books fit that bill. Each one deals with complicated marriage issues of communication, stresses and other things that can cause problems in relationships. This book deals with infertility. This is the first one though, that I ha
Sharon Chance
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"The Desire" is book three of Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley's Restoration Series, which follows the Anderson family and their journeys toward a more fulfilling and faithful life.

While the main story in "The Desire" centers on Michele and Allen's quest for having a baby and Allen's mission to Africa, there is also intertwined the story of Christina, a young girl who is pregnant and has no place to go and no one to turn to. When she meets Marilyn Anderson, Christina's life is turned around by this
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the previous book in this series so I was curious to read about what would happen next. This book is all about infertility and family helping a young woman who is pregnant and doesn't know what to do. Michele can't get pregnant and Allan can't get Africa out of his mind. I really liked the Africa parts because it's always nice to see another unique part of view. The living conditions of the orphans is obviously awful but I feel like it was explained nicely in the book. Granted actually b ...more
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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 21 novels including The Unfinished Gift, When Night Comes and The Reunion. He has won 3 Carol Awards (finalist 6 times), 4 Selah Awards and 4 of his books have been finalists for RT Review’s Inspirational Book of the Year.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Word Weavers International, Dan writes fulltime in the Daytona Beach area. He an

Other books in the series

Restoration (4 books)
  • The Dance (The Restoration Series, #1)
  • The Promise (The Restoration Series, #2)
  • The Legacy (The Restoration Series, #4)
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