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A Time to Dance: Newly Repackaged Edition [Paperback]

Karen Kingsbury
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Oct. 18 2005 Women of Faith Fiction (Thomas Nelson)

They celebrated their love with a dance. But will it end in divorce?

John and Abby Reynolds were the perfect couple, sharing a love born of childhood friendship and deep family ties. They are envied by their friends, cherished by their children, admired by their peers. But John and Abbey are about to lose it all. On the verge of having an affair, John is no more the man Abby married than she is the long-ago girl of his dreams. They are strangers whose days of dancing seem gone forever.

They gather their three children to announce their plans, but before they can speak, their daughter makes an announcement of her own; shes getting married in the summer.

Abby and John determine not to ruin their daughters season of happiness, but as the wedding nears they are haunted by questions. Is the decision theyve made irreversible? Are there times when marriage--even the marriage between two people of faith--is truly beyond repair? And is it possible, alone in the moonlight on an old wooden pier, to once more find...a time to dance?

Discover the resiliency of boundless love, the power of commitment, and the amazing faithfulness of God in A Time to Dance.

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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. John Mort
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About the Author

Karen Kingsbury has sold more than 10 million books, including her best-selling titles, Halfway to Forever and Dandelion Dust. She has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Rita award and one of her books was made into a CBS Movie of the Week. In 2001, Karen and her husband adopted three first-grade boys from Haiti. The new additions have blended very well with their three biological children. Karen and her family live in Vancouver, Washington.

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5.0 out of 5 stars more than just a pretty cover Jan. 1 2002
This is the book that made me love Karen Kingsbury's books. I had never read any of her books before, and, to be perfectly honest, the only reason I wanted to read her books was because the covers looked awesome. I was soon to be going on a trip and I needed to "re-stock" on my books so I could read in the car(yes, my family was driving). I decided to give Mrs. Kingsbury a try. After I read the back of her books I decided on A Time to Dance. It sounded like it had a good story line and wasn't like the fluffy, don't-have-to-think-just-read type book. Boy, was I in for a treat. This book forces you to think about your life in a different view. I talked so much with God while I was reading A Time to Dance. Mrs. Kingsbury does an excellent job getting you to become familiar with the characters, to the point where you hurt when they hurt and wish you could be there to give them advice and talk to them. I just finished A Moment of Weakness a few days ago and it's just as good as A Time to Dance. I really encourage you to try Karen Kingsbury. You'll be surprised how much you enjoy her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Positively Uplifting! Dec 16 2001
This was my first Kingsbury novel. I can't even express to you how good this story was. The characters were so well written, I felt like I was actually in their lives hearing and seeing everything in the story. John and Abbey Reynolds fell in love. They got married. They had kids. They lost each other somewhere in the middle of all the growing years. John had his thoughts and reasons, and Abbey had hers. This story shows the power of God and how He does work miracles. This may seem like a tragic story of divorce, but it is also a wonderful story about John and Abbey, and their love for each other. I could not put this novel down. The ending was so incredible, they.......can't tell you, read for yourself. I know alot of people that have gone threw the same pains as John and Abbey. This hits home for alot of couples. The strength you will feel not only from John and Abbey, their kids and family but the strength from God. You must read this. This is also good for anyone who is having marriage problems. This is very inspiring and will make you think. Kudo's to Karen Kingsbury. Make sure you have your box of tissue's ready, you will need it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another wonderful novel from Kingsbury! March 10 2002
By Beverly
I have come to expect a lot from Kingsbury's books, and this one will not disappoint anyone! John and Abbey are on the brink of divorce; their biggest remaining obstacle is telling their children. Once their daughter announces her engagement, they decide to put off telling them until the wedding is over so that her happiness will not be marred. During the ensuing months, John and Abbey continue in their emotional turmoil, but also slowly begin to develop a new understanding of each other. Unfortunately, for every emotional step forward, they suddenly take several steps backward. The highs and lows of their relationship, coupled with complications from another woman, future in-laws, and an email friend, will keep you reading until the astounding climax. Will John and Abbey ever reconcile? This is a powerful story of the healing power of God's love plus the always awesome power of prayer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An encouraging read May 20 2001
I have read almost all of Karen Kingsbury's books, and this one is by far my favorite. It is a story about an average family going through a very difficult season. I kept recognizing myself in the pages without feeling preached to. Kingsbury is to-the-point about the effects of daily struggles on this couple's relationship, and is particularly gifted at letting the reader see how God might be working in their own lives, as she depicts Him working in the lives of these characters. The end is a little predictable, but after this near-miss tale, you'll be glad it is. It will leave you with a firmer committment to your own relationships, and wiser to the things that bit by bit, tear them apart. Kingsbury has woven yet another memorable tale depicting God's abounding grace to those who seek Him and His healing touch available to those who will humbly ask.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Time to Dance and a Time to Remember! March 24 2001
"A Time to Dance" was one of the most touching books that I have ever read. This is the story of a once-happily married couple, now married in name only. Yet by reading their struggle, it can take us back to those sweet days when we first fell in love with our husbands and remind us that those days don't have to end! How love can be strengthened through the tough times and come out even stronger and deeper than in the days when love was new. This is a book that you will want to keep on your shelf after reading it, so that you can go back and reflect on it from time to time. Whether you are single, happily married or unhappily married, you will enjoy this book and the message that it shares. Allow yourself some "Time to Dance"!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My First Karen Kingsbury Aug. 28 2002
And it won't be my last :o) I have loved every minute of this book. The lessons of what it really takes to make a marriage have been invaluable. I even told my husband that I've learned things I will incorporate into our daughter's life as she grows. I love the reality of the book, the way I could feel the pain as I remembered wretched struggles in my own marriage. And that familiar "I want out" suffocation. I honestly can't say enough good about this book. I'd recommend it for absolutely anyone. We all need a better perspective on what love really is.
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Published 24 days ago by Elizabeth Jenner
5.0 out of 5 stars detailed
A beautiful story of how marriage should be from beginning till death do us part in very much detailed words.
Published 2 months ago by Addy Oberlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but...
Great book from a great author. The many typos and spacing errors in this format was distracting to this teacher though. I have never had this problem with a Kindle book before.
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Read
A story that many people who have been married for several years may be able to relate to. A busy life with family and careers. An easy read that was enjoyable.
Published 7 months ago by Shelley Connick
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Karen Kingsbury's A Time to Dance is the story of a husband and wife who have been married for twenty-or-so years and now their marriage, which all their friends and family... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2011 by Joanna Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, lots of lessons
While reading this book you really did get the feeling that you where part of the couple's lives. The story is very real and the emotions that the people in the book feel are very... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2010 by sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
This book was not bad, I have to say however, that it was just that... not bad but not great. I didn't like the fact that they fought so much, ya there are disagreements in... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2009 by Alexandra S.
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This was, hands down, the best book I have ever read! I love the way John and Abby's life is so real. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I Have Ever Read!
It's extremely hard for me to find a book that really catches my attention and that I can focus on. I have never heard of this book before when I went to the library but I saw it... Read more
Published on April 30 2003 by Lauryn
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