A Time to Dance (Timeless Love Series #1)

A Time to Dance (Timeless Love Series #1)

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by Karen Kingsbury

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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,


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; she's getting married in the summer.

Abby and John determine not to ruin their daughter's season of happiness, but as the wedding nears they are haunted by questions. Is the decision they've 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.

Editorial Reviews

After 21 years together, John and Abby have decided to split. Recognizing their apparently irreconcilable differences, they call their three children together to tell them of the impending divorce. But before they can deliver the painful message, their daughter preempts them: She is getting married that summer. To protect her happiness, the couple secretly agree to shelve their plans until after the wedding. What begins as a brief postponement becomes a resuscitation of love, in this charming spiritual novel.

Product Details

Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
Timeless Love Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.91(d)

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On Saturday morning, Salt Gribbon looked across the expanse of his small home in the lighthouse and thanked God, not for the first time, that the busybody at the yard sale in Wells had insisted on selling the wooden table with its four matching chairs. At the time he'd groused plenty because he only had one bottom and therefore needed only one chair, but the woman wouldn't budge. Even after she agreed to toss in the other three chairs without charge, he had half a mind to leave the excess furniture on the shore, until his Yankee thriftiness rebelled against such waste. So he'd turned the table upside down in his dory, lashed the chairs into position between the legs, and rowed the entire load back to the northernmost point of Heavenly Daze.

Now three of his four chairs were occupied, one by his own weathered behind, and the others by the slender rear ends of his grandchildren, seven-year-old Bobby and six-year-old Brittany. The children, tousle-headed and heavy-eyed with sleep, were munching on molasses cookies, one of their favorite breakfasts.

"Grandfather," Brittany said, breaking one of the cookies with a deft snap, "don't you have Froot Loops? We always had Froot Loops for breakfast when we lived with Daddy."

"We never had Froot Loops." Bobby cast his sister a reproving look. "Sometimes we had cold pizza, but most times we had nothing."

Biting his tongue, Salt scratched his beard and watched his granddaughter. The little girl had a tendency to embroider the truth, especially when the subject had to do with her father, Salt's only son.

Holding her pinkie finger aloft-how'd she learn to do that?-Brittany dunked the end of her cookie into her glass of milk. "I like these cookies better than anything we had at Daddy's 'partment. The pizza was always cold. And we never had milk, only soda pop."

Salt's heart squeezed so tight he could barely draw breath to speak, but he forced words out: "The Good Book teaches us to be grateful for whatever we have. So eat up and get dressed, kids. We have work to do today."

Actually, he had work to do, but he believed young ones should keep themselves busy as well. These two stood in a particular need of structure and discipline. Their father had done almost nothing to teach his children. He'd led a life of waste and drunkenness, leaving these kids to grow up on a diet of television, table scraps, and neglect.

Bobby reached for another cookie at the same moment Brittany extended her hand. Both sets of fingers met on the edges of the last one on the plate.

Bobby spoke first. "I want it."

"It's mine!"

"But I grabbed it before you did."

"Did not!"

"Did too!"

In the ensuing tug of war, their tiny hands knocked over Bobby's glass. As the milk spread over the varnished tabletop, both children dropped the cookie and averted their eyes until Salt stood to reach for a dishcloth. After tossing it into the worst of the puddle, he crossed his arms and stood at the end of the table, waiting.

Two pairs of guilty eyes eventually lifted to meet his.

"You see what happens when you mess around?" he asked, hoping they'd attribute the gruffness in his voice to anger instead of heartbreak. "You waste good milk that you need. You're both too scrawny, and now I'll have to go into town to get more to replace what you spilt."

He lifted his arm, intending to reach for the dishcloth, and winced inwardly when he saw the boy flinch.

What sort of monster had his son been? "Finish your cookies." He lowered his gaze lest they see the shimmer of wetness in his eyes. "Then go pick a book out of the stack. I want you both to read a good bit today."

Without taking another bite, both children slipped silently from the table and moved toward the small TV stand by the fireplace. Bobby plucked Curious George from the pile of books on a shelf under the TV; Brittany picked up Betsy-Tacy and Tib. Moving like quiet little robots, they sat cross-legged in the vinyl beanbag chairs and opened their books.

Salt shook his head as he wiped up the spilled milk. 'Twas un-natural, the way they responded to rebuke. Though the bruises had faded from their young bodies, the scars on their hearts would take longer to heal.

By the time Salt had washed the dishes, changed out of the long-handled underwear that served as his pajamas, and pulled the quilts over the mattress on his rope bed, the children had finished their reading. Still they sat in the beanbag chairs, apparently waiting permission to move.

"All right, then." Salt sank to the edge of the bed as he regarded them. "You've done a good job of obeyin' and readin'. Now I must ask you to do a good job of something else."

The children watched him, their eyes wide.

Salt pointed toward the lighthouse door. "Alst I ask is that you don't go outside while I'm gone. Stay here in the house. If anybody tries to come inside, you scoot under this bed and lay as quiet as statues until the stranger leaves." He looked from Brittany to Bobby. "Understand?"

As one, the children nodded.

"All right, then." Salt pressed his hands to his knees, then stood. He hated leaving them alone-he thought the loneliness would remind them too much of the place where they'd lived with their dad. They'd been alone in that filthy apartment when Salt found them, as they'd been left alone countless other days and nights while their father went out drinking.


Salt looked to the girl. "Ayuh?"

Her voice trembled. "Will you bring us some more cookies?"

He would have brought her the world if she'd asked for it.

But what he said was, "If Miss Birdie has molasses cookies, I'll bring 'em."

Meet 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 Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond 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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A Time to Dance 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 100 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of 33 reviews,9 are plot spoilers and tell everything about the book. Why do you plot spoiling posters feel the need to reveal every detail of the book? The overview tells us all we need to know. We do not need vain, egotistical posters like you that dissect every sentence. Heck, one poster even said she took notes! That is obsessive and just plain weird. Just tell if you liked it or not and stop writing dissertations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the most inspirational book Ive ever read in my life. Its definitely a great book for married couples who fall into daily lives and forget to stay close. While I was reading this book I felt as if she was following me around for the last two years of my life and writing about it. It was motivational and inspirational. I just can't say enough A MUST read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm only 15 years old, and my grandmother gave me this book and suggested l read it. It was alright, but much too old for me. 18+ years old. I might even go as far to say "book for married women". It's very clean of course (duh it's Karen Kingsbury!), but the whole storyline and purpose for the book is definately NOT for teenagers. Just a warning! God bless y'all!.....side note; if you are a teen girl looking for a great Christian fiction, check Janette Oke books! I've read all of her books! Some are better than others. Love Comes Softly series, Seasons of the Heart series, A Gown of Spainish Lace, and Roses For Mama are my personal favorites! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd Karen Kingsbury book I have read, this one was just okay. Plot was predictable and a bit drawn out, will likely read the 2nd book in this series. Previously read "Unlocked", that one was a 5 star book that I could not put down.
1941Reader More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury never dissappoints. Great story with a contemporary Christian message.
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Editing problems. OK storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first Karen Kingsbury book I ever read. Given to me from my husband. A must read for all married couples!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful, thought- provocating, and well written story. It touched the very depth of my heart and soul. So very glad the Reynoldes family could solve their problems with God's help. I loved the story. LA-TXN
MLNC More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury gives an amazing example of what marriage and love should be, and how quick it can get away from us if we do not protect and honor it. Using a fictional story, she shows just how important a marriage can unravel if you look at it as what can the other person is or isn't doing for me instead of what can I do, how can I serve the other. Karen is an amazing author who hooks you from the first page and I promise you will not be able to put it down! It is so encouraging to be able to read an incredibly well written story, and be able to apply it to the Christian life as well. Karen truly does write life changing fiction!
12geotek More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by KK I have read and am absolutely sold on her work. Looking forward to the next adventure with her leading the way!
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I am 3 chapters in, and between the boring, drawn out story line and the bad spelling and punctuation, I don't think I can take much more. Don't these companies employ editor's for that kind of thing. I guess the editors were enjoying a day off when this novel swung through their offices. Enough is enough. My 8 yr. old grandson could have done better on all points.
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This was an amazing story. I recommend it to anyone thats married or plans to be married some day.
healthyway More than 1 year ago
Nice read.
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Ur sico
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Look up the trouble with tuck
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Loved this book
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