Sunday, September 22, 2013

Review: The Promise

About the Book:
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.

My Comments:
In this book readers get to see the contrast in two marriage (actually more than that); Tom and Jean are a young couple with kids; Jim and Marilyn are his parents.  While Tom and Jean are both keeping big secrets from each other, Jim and Marilyn are enjoying a second honeymoon, not only on vacation but in life in general.  Evidently they went through marital problems in the first book in the series and are now at the happiest, most loving, most wonderful part of their marriage ever.  They keep mentioning the things they learned in counselling and how they've put it to work in their marriage; which of course is a contrast to the troubled marriage of Tom and Jean.  Personally, I found it a bit too didactic and in-your-face, but the characters were sympathetic at times, though I really wanted to tell Tom and Jean to talk to and trust their spouses.  

I'd like to thank Revell for sending me a review copy.  I'd like to apologize for not getting it done on time.  Grade:  B-.

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