Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review: The Dance by Dan Walsh

The Dance
by Dan Walsh
Received for Review
Released On: April 1, 2013
Published by: Fleming H. Revell Company
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.33
Pages: 344

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on 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 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 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 some life-changing or self-actualizing journey. Jim and Marilyn both changed so much and I loved watching them grow. 

Dan's novel was poignant and a great read. I found myself turning the pages faster and faster as the story went on. I enjoyed watching the Anderson family grow closer and overcome trials. 

I already mentioned how surprised I was by how much I loved this novel, but that doesn't begin to do this novel justice. This novel was easily one of my favorites of the year. Dan wrote this novel with such skill and expertise. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this novel to anybody.

The novel does have a Christian stance, but religion is never pushed down the reader's throats. The theme of faith was expertly woven in. Definitely recommend this novel.

So Why 5 Stars? It was beautifully and poignantly written. There was depth to this novel and yet it was also just a really enjoyable read.

In Summary: A beautiful novel that greatly exceeded my expectations. The Dance is an inspiring novel that reflects the growth of one family in the midst of trials and struggles. 

The Wrap-up: Love this novel. I was really impressed with it and can't wait to read more by this author. Definitely recommend it. 


Danica Page

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