Wonderful story of a family making it through very tough times. A couple decides to divorce just before thier daughter announces her wedding, so they decide to put it off, but they change during that period and fall in love again. Inspiring story! Loved it as well as all of her books!
Veteran romance writer Kingsbury also takes a thoughtful turn in A Time to Dance, a morality tale about the staying power of love in marriage. Abby Reynolds, wife of a high-school football coach in a small Illinois town, suspects her husband, John, of having an affair. But the true reason their marriage is about to crash is simply the strain of years: arguments unresolved, dreams deferred, and never enough money. Abby's own daughter and, of course, a renewed faith, make Abby (and John) think twice about divorcing in what amounts to Kingsbury's tribute to married love.
The decision has been made. After 23 years of marriage and raising their family in the same lakeside home, John and Abby Reynolds are getting a divorce. They gather their three children to tell them the terrible news, but before they can speak, their daughter makes a joyous announcement of her own: She is getting married. John and Abby decide to postpone their news until after the wedding. As the big day approaches, questions continue to haunt them. Is the decision they've made irreversible? Or can they find once again what they've been missing for so many years, the joy of magnificent love, the timeto dance?
I loved how easy it was to understand the characters, both John and Abby. I love how slowly but surely God worked through their lives and helped them rebuild a stronger, better marriage. It gave me hope
Another fantastic Karen Kingsbury book. A story of a new love for her daughter and a pending divorce for her Abby has her emotions pulled in all directions. Karen wrote a very tender story... and having been through this type of thing myself.. she captured the true essence of how a person feels going through a divorce with christian principles.
Warning: this book is hard to put down once you begin to read it!!!!!!!!!
This was a pretty good story, but not my favorite Karen Kingsbury by any means. Kind of unrealistic in a way. But it was a good story to explore the problems with Divorce and to reemphasize how God hates divorce. Some good discussion questions at the end. She wrote this as a Women Of Faith project and it's a good story.
A beautiful love story. Down to earth and endearing. It will suck you in, have you laughing and crying and pondering and rooting for the ending you hope comes. So well written by a fantastic author whom i always enjoy. A novel i'd read over and over and never hesitate to recommend. If you have never read Ms Kingsbury's novels, try just one, they are not preachy and totally gratifing. So pour come coffee, claim the most comfy chair, grab some kleenex and prepare to be swept away for awhile. It's wonderful.
John and Abby Reynolds were the perfect married couple. John is on the verge of having an affair. They gather their three children to announce their separation when their daughter announces her wedding plans for the summer. Is their decision irreversible? Is their marriage truly beyond repair?
I very much enjoyed the characters and the story line in A Time to Dance. Many of us can relate to the way these characters had grown apart as spouses after two decades of marriage. This book is a good reminder that our Heavenly Father will never give up on us or our marriages if we never give up!
I absolutely loved this book so much that I had to get the second one. I loved the very real way life was portrayed in this book and how easy it is to let our minds jump to conclusions, not see answers in front of us, and think God is not listening.
A lovely story of a marriage on the rocks that God helps to heal. I loved the characters and the story resonated with me. I was particularly taken with the eagle imagery used toward the end of the story.
I read a few chapters and found myself exceedingly annoyed at the wife and husband for their lack of communication and total self-centeredness! Could not bring myself to continue reading even though this was my Chicklits Book Club selection for April!
Though this book was too drawn out, however, the lesson presented about marriage and the eagles was worth the read! I skimmed and even skipped pages, but will always remember the lessons about the eagles. Hmmmm....perhaps I should research eagles - they are a great example of marriage and commitment. Perhaps, if more couples were aware of this information, we, too, could soar like the eagles in our own marriages.
This is a story of hope when things seem hopeless. Read proverbs chapter 2 and see what happens when we seek wisdom...or not. God is faithful! Karen Kingsbury is a writer who writes with purpose and I appreciate her books very much.
I read this in two days and found impossible to put down. The asides that serve as the silent thoughts of the characters really add depth and insight to the characters and their actions. Great story with a happy ending.
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Abby and John Reynolds are the picture perfect couple with three kids. John's career as a high school football coach puts them in the spotlight and it seems everyone knows their marriage is in trouble. Everyone but their kids. Twenty years into their marriage, they've hit no man's land where the love has faded and trust seems to be forgotten. They are living separate lives. As they prepare to tell their children that they will be divorcing, their daughter and her boyfriend announce their engagement. And the engaged couple can't help but gush over how they hope their marriage is as good as Abby's and John's. In the desire to support their daughter and future son-in-law, Abby and John decide they must wait until after the wedding to announce they will be divorcing. What unfolds is the story of two people examining what has gone wrong in their marriage, and reflecting on how far away from God and their faith they have both grown.
I found it a captivating read that anyone who's at least this far into their marriage can probably relate to. Because of the faith that is ingrained in them both, that faith (and scripture planted in their minds) is returned to over and over again as their reflections take them deep into their past, present, and into wondering about their futures - separate from each other. This is my first Karen Kingsbury book and I am impressed. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.