Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Promise (The Restoration Series #2) by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley (Review)

For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean--and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through two coffee shops and the library, using their wi-fi to search for a job on the internet. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put serious strain on his marriage and it looks like the legacy that began with his father is still at work, slowly destroying the bond between Tom and Jean. Can their mutual trust--and love--be restored?

Combining the literary talents of Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of Gary Smalley, The Restoration Series pulls back the curtain of a family that has laid their foundation on shifting sand, but is slowly rediscovering genuine love and the power of forgiveness.


The Promise, just like The Dance (the first book in The Restoration Series), immediately drew me into the story and didn't let up until I reached the end. I love when this happens!

In The Promise the story centers on Tom & Jean, Jim & Marilyn's son and daughter-in-law, but it also focuses on the mending relationship of Jim & Marilyn. I loved seeing how the changes Jim made have helped his relationship with his wife. I also loved how this book showed that it's still not an overnight thing, but something they both have to constantly work on to keep their marriage harmonious. This made the story so realistic and made me love the characters even more.

Tom, unfortunately, is the spitting image of his father before he made his changes and this made me feel so badly for Jean and everything she had to endure. Immediately when the story begins we learn that Tom has been keeping a pretty big secret from Jean for 5 whole months! This one secret has led to him telling multiple lies and deceptions to his wife, which is never a good idea.

The Promise is a deeply touching story and a must read, I can hardly wait to read book 3. I think it would be a great book for father to read as the story heavily deals with the relationship between a father and son.

I heartily recommend this book, but would recommend that it be read after reading The Dance as this is a series that is best read in order to fulling appreciate everything.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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

  • Series: The Restoration Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721497
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon | B&N | CBD


Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of several books, including The Discovery and The Reunion. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. For more information about Walsh and his books, visit his website at and follow him on Twitter at @DanWalshAuthor.

Gary Smalleyis one of the country’s best known authors and speakers on family relationships. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of more than 60 books. He has spent over 40 years learning, teaching and counseling, speaking to over 2 million people in live conferences. Smalley has appeared on national television programs such as OprahLarry King LiveExtra and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 48 years and live in Branson, Missouri. They have three children, all in full time ministry to families, couples and orphans, and they enjoy their wonderful relationships with their ten grandchildren.


1 comment:

  1. I've read a couple other books by Dan Walsh before, but not the Restoration series. I should definitely read these!