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Book Beat – The Dance by Dan Walsh

On the surface, Marilyn Anderson has it all – a gorgeous home, three beautiful grown children, and a successful husband. But on the inside, she feels overlooked and dismissed. When Marilyn moves out, gets a job, and starts taking ballroom dancing lessons, her husband, Jim, is stunned and dumbfounded. Winning her back will mean asking himself hard questions – and listening for the first time in his life.

The Dance combines Dan Walsh’s fiction skills with Gary Smalley’s knowledge of relationships and counseling. The Anderson family reflects real-life problems faced in many “good Christian homes.” The engrossing story gives insight about marriage without sounding preachy. The characters are realistic, like your own friends, and I enjoyed the story thoroughly. I’m looking forward to the rest of the Restoration series, which will follow other members of the Anderson family.