Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Promise by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley

Here is my review of this encouraging and enjoyable weekend read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley and their publisher for sending me a copy of "The Promise" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“The Promise” by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is the emotionally-charged second novel in the Restoration series.  This book reads well as a standalone novel, but you will appreciate characters and  parts of the story much more if you’ve read the first book, "The Dance".

Tom Anderson lost his job five months ago, but still hasn’t told his wife.  He leaves for work each day and spends his time a coffee shops with free wi-fi filling out applications.  Jean has noticed Tom’s moods, but she can’t get him to open up to her.  And she doesn’t feel comfortable enough to share things with him that she needs to discuss.  Meanwhile, Tom’s parents, Jim and Marilyn (featured in the previous novel – a good book!) are on their second honeymoon in Italy.

These two authors have beautifully written a book that shows struggle and hope and what can happen if you persevere with the Lord at the center of your relationships.  The dialogue actually helped me to carefully choose words when dealing with sensitive circumstances surrounding my children and husband.  Their characters are so life-like that I feel myself becoming emotionally involved in the tale:  experiencing their frustration and their joy.  Some of the dialogue seems a bit contrived at times, but I’ve come to realize that these speech patterns are more the mark of good communication and expression.  And now I am attempting to mimic those speech patterns.  This book, in conjunction with other current circumstances and studies I am doing, also led me to pray more specifically and Biblically for those around me.  Thank you, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Smalley.

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