Walsh’s literary talents and Smalley’s relationship expertise combine in a spiritually and emotionally powerful start to their Restoration series. Walsh’s characters come to life, and important marital and life lessons are woven throughout. The concept of the “fear dance” is intriguing and enlightening.
Jim and Marilyn Anderson have a seemingly perfect life. Yet things are not always as they appear. After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn leaves Jim. Unhappy for some time, she hopes to reclaim the joy that she has been missing. Marilyn gets a job and signs up for the dance lessons she always wanted to take. Jim is forced to re-evaluate his relationship with Marilyn and their three children. Will he be able to see past his own selfishness to be the man his family needs him to be? (REVELL, Apr., 352 pp., $14.00)