Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Promise - The Restoration Series 2 by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley

Cover Art  This is an enjoyable and informative story that takes place about 7 months after the first book, "The Dance."  While the first book centered on the parents, Jim and Marilyn, and how their marriage was restored, this story focuses on their oldest son and his relationships with his father, wife, and son.  Tom Anderson has been out of work for five months and he has kept this secret from everyone, including his wife.  All Jean knows is he's become more distant and angry the last several months and she doesn't know why.  His attitude doesn't make her want to share the secret she's been keeping, either.  Will their marriage survive when everything comes out into the open?

I liked the way this story swung from Jim and Marilyn in Italy for their second honeymoon to Tom to Jean to Great-Uncle Henry.  We were able to see what each were thinking and the effect each had on the other.  It was nice to see the changes continuing in Jim and the way he and Marilyn treat each other now.  This book works fine as a stand-alone, but I would recommend reading them in order because "The Dance" brings a lot to this story.  Tom acts very much like his father used to and everyone could see the negative effect except for him.  I liked the insight Great-Uncle Henry brought to the situation because of attitudes and actions that had been passed down through the generations and were continuing to affect Tom and his relationship with his son.  This is a very healing story and will hopefully open people's eyes to how their relationships with their parents can affect the ones with their children and that it's important to break bad habits before it's too late.  I think this story is great for both men and women, maybe even more so for men, so don't let the cover fool you!  You should definitely check out this series!

I received a copy of this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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