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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, John is no more the man Abby...

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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, 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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595541871
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/18/2006
  • Series: Timeless Love Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury has sold more than 10 million books, including her best-selling titles, Halfway to Forever and Dandelion Dust. She has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Rita award and one of her books was made into a CBS Movie of the Week.In 2001, Karen and her husband adopted three first-grade boys from Haiti. The new additions have blended very well with their three biological children. Karen and her family live in Vancouver, Washington.

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CHAPTER ONE

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.

"Grandfather?"

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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

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    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.

    26 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Amazing!!

    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!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Wonderful!

    They had a love everyone thought would last a lifetime. John and Abby Reynolds were the picture perfect couple, with a marriage people only dreamed of. To Abby and John the love they once shared feels like just a dream. The relationship that seemed destined by God, the powerful connection physically, emotionally, and spiritually is falling apart. Divorce seems like the only option. Knowing the news is going to bring a devastating blow to family and friends, John and Abby decide to have a family meeting with their children to break the news. But when Nicole, their oldest daughter announces some special news of her own Abby and John realize they can't ruin their only daughters happiness. But can they pretend to be the happy couple they once were, the couple everyone thinks they are, for six more months?
    When I requested to review this book, I thought half of it was going to be about the couple fighting while the other half was going to be about them learning to love each other again. You know, the usual christian fiction about divorce.
    So I have to say hats off to Mrs. Kingsbury! What a wonderful job! She really struck a cord in my heart! During chapter eighteen I literally had to stop and collect myself, after bawling like a baby, in order to continue reading. This book brought a lot of deep emotions to the surface for me. With divorce being the norm today when a marriage isn't working, especially with celebrities, this book makes you feel like there is a light in the darkness. Hope. I am a single woman and was content with my lifestyle until I finished a Time to Dance. It made me believe that true love is worth finding. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. I absolutely loved loved loved it! And I really want a chance to read Book Two a Time to Embrace. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    just okay

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    a must read!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is about your all American christian family.They have been married for 21 years and have 3 kids.John is a football coach at his sons high school and Abby is a stay at home mom who writes reviews for magazines. They had a very strong marriage and family but it all falls apart when John starts an affair with another teacher at the High school. On the road to divorce their daughter announces she is getting married in 6 months on John and Abby's wedding anniversary.They are torn in two.They slowly go back to all the wonderful memories they once had and the love they once shared.Once they seek God the pieces slowly get put back together.This novel takes you right into the life of a family having marital problems and into their thoughts as it all unravels.

    This book was great I couldn't put it down!I cannot wait for the opportunity to read another Karen Kingsbusry novel.The timeless love series is fabulous!This book really shows you how God can change your life for the better and teaches the power of forgiveness.I would defiantly recommend this book to family and friends.Once you start reading it you wont be able to put it down, I know I couldn't!



    I got this book for free courtesy of the booksneeze program.This review is strictly my opinion.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Decent

    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! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    So good, I am hooked on the entire series.

    So good, I am hooked on the entire series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    Nice book

    I cried in the end. Great story on a spiritual level.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    so good

    if you need something to bring you up read this book! karwn kingsbury makes you feel closer to God!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    If you like Karen Kingsbury this is definately 1 to read. It will make you laugh and cry as all of her books do. This was the 1st book I read on my Nook and loved it. Can't wait to read "A Time to Embrace" which continues this story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    A good read

    A Time to Embrace is part of the Timeless Love series, and is built on the idea that there is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 8). John and Abby, who met as young children, are on the brink of divorce. John's affections have began to stray to a colleague, and Abby has drifted away as well. As they struggle with when to tell their children (with events happening that prolong their announcement), both begin to slowly and subtly question what it is they are about to do. Their daughter, Nicole, announces her own engagement, pushing back the announcement even more. Nicole and her fiance Matt decide that they will marry on John and Abby's anniversary because they want a love like the Reynolds'. What follows is the work of God in John and Abby's hearts, and the most important decision they will ever make - to stay married or to divorce. They must work through issues of trust, commitment, and most of all, faith in God.

    On the surface, this book touched me because I know people whose lives and choices mirror John and Abby. I could see their faces, their names, as I read instead of the Reynolds'. It was sometimes hard to read it because of that. But I enjoyed the story and thought it was wonderfully done. It wasn't mushy, wasn't cheesy - nothing I've associated with Christian literature previously. The one thing that did kind of get on my nerves after a while were all of the italicized quotes from God. Both John and Abby heard God speak to them. While I believe God speaks to people, it was kind of overkill to me as a reader. It could be more an aesthetic thing than anything else, but it was the one black mark against the novel.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2014

    Karen Kingsbury gives an amazing example of what marriage and lo

    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!

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    Karen Kingbury fan

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Utterly Ridiculous

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Loved it!!

    This was an amazing story. I recommend it to anyone thats married or plans to be married some day.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Recommend

    Nice read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Chase

    Tired

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Alex

    Hey guys im 10 and a girl. Anyone need a gf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Hhh

    Hhhb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Who cares if their gay u jerks!!!

    U ppl need lives ur gonna end up making ppl kill themselves who cares if their gay? I am so shut ur godda.mn mouths!!!

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