Book 2 of the Restoration Series
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Pull back the curtain on a family that has laid their foundation on shifting sand, but is slowly rediscovering genuine love and the power of forgiveness.The Promise is the second novel in the Restoration series. It begins seven months after the ending of The Dance. Jim and Marilyn Anderson are doing much better, but things are beginning to unravel in their son Tom’s marriage. He’s been out of work for five months and hiding it from everyone. The Promise reveals the power of a father’s love and a wife’s faith to rescue a marriage on the verge of collapse.
Reviews and Endorsements:“In the second installment of the Restoration series, authentic characters and challenges, beautiful and uplifting prose and solid marital advice flourishes…The story is so captivating you’ll find it difficult to put down.” – 4.5 Stars, Top Pick! RT Book Reviews
“The Promise is a moving tale, filled with authentic human emotion and believable drama. It delves into problems plaguing many families, illustrating the value of communication and understanding. It also deftly points out the importance of a father’s role…An inspiring read.” — The New York Journal of Books
“With sympathetic characters and an uplifting ending, this second series entry (after The Dance) by Christian Fiction author Walsh and relationship expert Smalley is sure to please their fans…” – Library Journal
“Walsh’s and Smalley’s ministerial backgrounds take The Promise from merely a family-based novel to an insightful drama of faith about the challenges, and the different ways people handle them, in today’s marriages.” – Booklist
“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.” – Vine Voice (5 Star Amazon Review)
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For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean--and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through coffee shops and the library, using their wifi to search job listings online. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put serious strain on his marriage.
But Tom's not the only one hiding something. Jean Anderson has a secret of her own--one that will seriously complicate their situation. Will the promises they made on their wedding day hold firm?
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance with Gary Smalley, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.
Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury and The Dance with Dan Walsh. Gary and his wife Norma have been married for 49 years and live in Missouri.
This is book 2 in the restoration series. The book started off very slow for me, I actually wasn't sure that I would be able to continue reading it. I'm glad I did.
Once I began to bond with the characters I really enjoyed this book. A marriage in trouble, something very common, and could happen to everyone, secrets and family relationships, this book is REAL and one that even men will enjoy.
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley are two authors that write books that touch the heart and that and true to life.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Baker Publishing Group.