Monday, April 1, 2013

The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

About the Book:

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 finally become the man Marilyn needs him to be?

Combining the literary talents of bestselling author Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of bestselling author Gary Smalley, The Dance is the first novel in The Restoration Series. Readers will get caught up in these flawed but sincere members of the Anderson family as they rediscover genuine love and start a transformation that ultimately affects all of them.

My Thoughts:

Am I the only one that finds it ironic that Jim Anderson is also the name of the main character in the famous television classic "Father Knows Best"?  Obviously, those days are long gone!  This Jim is clueless about what his family needs, and he's about to pay dearly for his lack of attention.

I had my issues with this book.  First and foremost, the teaching didn't blend well with the fiction.  It was obvious when Gary Smalley's well known strategies for healing marriages and family was being introduced.  That bothered me.  I've read books like this before (blending counseling and fiction) and I've found smoother collaborations.

Also, Marilyn and the dance studio instructor?  Really?  I found it hard to believe she was that naive.  If she'd been my friend, I would have clued her in much, much sooner...whether she was sharing details or not.  But, then again, maybe women in that much pain are that easily fooled.

About the only characters I could identify with were the kids.  But even then...Doug?  Seriously?  Maybe I'm the one that's clueless, but this really goes on in families today?  How sad we are if this is true.

While I love Dan Walsh's stories and have a lot of respect for Gary Smalley, this novel just did not work for me.  I ended up feeling like I'd been promised a story and ended up in a psychologist's office.  Had that portion of the book been omitted, the novel would have been so much better.

I received a copy of "The Dance" from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  I found this one mildly recommended.  Please, check out other opinions before you decide.  I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one.

Happy Reading!



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