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A Time To Dance Paperback – Special Edition, Oct 16 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers-Fiction (Sept. 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595540644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595540645
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.7 x 15.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,478,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including UnlockedLeavingTake OneBetween SundaysEven NowOne Tuesday MorningBeyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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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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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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