Karen Kingsbury's A Time To Dance was a book I could not put down. I kept rooting for Abby and John Reynolds to stay together, for their love to survive. Abby thinks her husband John, the high school football coach may be having an affair with a new teacher at the school, who is very manipulative and would like to help this marriage fail.
The marriage is on shaky ground even before the arrival of the provocative new teacher. They've simply grown apart over the years, each interested in their own lives and careers. Abby is actually practically having an online romance with her book editor. They decide to announce they are getting a divorce at a family meeting but their daughter beats them to it announcing first that she's getting married. So as not to cast a pall over their daughter's wedding, the couple decides to put off telling their three children about the divorce until after the wedding ceremony.
Abby is forced to look at wedding gowns and get into scrapbooking with her daughter's overly chatty mother-in-law to be. The scrapbooking and other things the family does in preparation for the wedding make Abby feel things she doesn't want to feel, such as deep bitterness toward her husband, but it also makes her wonder if the marriage can be saved. John is also wondering if the marriage is truly doomed. But they're timing is always off and when one makes a gesture of reconciliation, the other rejects it. At time the book is gut wrenching, but it is a testimonial to the strength and courage of married love.