few months ago I shared a book review for The Dance, by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley which was the first book of “The Restoration Series“, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So I was quite delighted when I was given the opportunity to read the second book in the series, The Promise, also by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. I certainly was not disappointed!
In this story, Tom Anderson loses his job, and does not tell his wife . . . for five months! He continues with his normal schedule by leaving for work each day and coming home at the same time each evening. His wife, Jean, senses something is going on. She cannot figure out why her husband is so concerned about finances, when he has a good job. He even wants her to clip coupons! But she has a secret of her own, and does not know how to tell him. Their communication is definitely broken. I imagine many readers will be able to relate to this couple.
Tom’s parents, Marilyn and Jim (the couple whom the book, The Dance is about) are on their second honeymoon in Italy. I especially appreciated their new communications skills and how they learned to love each other in a new way and how later in the story, Jim takes responsibility for some of the things he taught his son in the wrong way.
The Promise is definitely a heart-felt, realistic story that encompasses real family and marriage trials that can lead to healing, forgiveness, restoration within a marriage and family, all coming from God. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
The Promise is available at your favorite bookseller from Revell,
a division of Baker Publishing Group.
A free copy of this book was provided to me for my personal, truthful and unaltered review.