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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Read Feb. 15 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cherish Your Marriage Feb. 4 2011
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 idealise, is falling apart. They are about to announce their divorce when their daughter gets engaged. After putting their own announcement on hold until after the wedding, Abby and John grow further and further apart while hiding behind the facade of happily married parents-of-the-bride.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but I did think the disintegration of the marriage was rather drawn out. The use of flashbacks seemed a bit excessive. I think more of the story was told in flashbacks than in the present! But I really enjoyed the stories told in the flashbacks. The dialogue was mostly realistic, which was great! Most of the characters were well written. I know girls like Nicole, women like Abby. But my favourite character in the book is definitely Jo Harter. I could hear and see that woman in every scene she was in. Picture the character of Olive from Pushing Daisies, add a love of fishing, and that's Jo.

One thing that surprised me is the level of physical passion that was portrayed in a Christian book. But it's been a while since I've read Christian romance.

If you read this book, you must read the Author's Note at the end. In my opinion, that is the best part of this book.

Note: My copy of this book was provided free from [...] in exchange for an honest review. The opinions noted are mine alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, lots of lessons Dec 13 2010
By sarah
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 real. It would be easy for many couples to find themselves in the situation that John and Abby found themselves in after many years of marriage. While I was reading the book I wanted to tell them to listen to the word of the lord and to say what they really mean out loud and not to be hurtful to protect themselves. I have learned some lesions from this book to help build a relationship, always talk and make time for each other even when you are busy. I managed to read this book in 2 days and I loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read Oct. 30 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 marriages but does it have to get to the point where two people that said they loved each other at one point in their lives, can barely stand the sight of each other at another? I did like however the fact that this book shows and teaches you how easily one can fall into temptation even when you don't think it's one to begin with. A good lesson is to be learned from this book.

I have yet to find a book of Kingsbury that makes me want to read ALL her books. I've read 4 thus far and have about 5 others waiting to be read and I'm still not a real fan. Maybe it's her style of writing or maybe it's because I've first read books from other authors and really liked their writing style and hers is not the same. So if you have enjoyed other books from Kingsbury then you will like this one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Time to Dance Feb. 23 2004
By A Customer
This was, hands down, the best book I have ever read! I love the way John and Abby's life is so real. The flashbacks to their past is very touching and makes you realize how possible this is for everyone's relationships. Karen Kingsburg is a great author which is shown in many of her books. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I Have Ever Read! April 30 2003
By Lauryn
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 on the shelf, read the cover, and decided to read it. Well let me tell you, I read the whole entire book in one day and I loved it! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
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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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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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