#3: They Danced On  -     By: Carre Armstrong Gardner
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They Danced On, A Darling Family novel by Carre Armstrong Gardner

A mother ready to enjoy her life after raising her family.  A husband and father struck by a crippling disease.  A daughter who left home to find freedom, suddenly discovering that she needs her family after all.  Life in the Darling family is filled with surprises and a rollercoaster of emotions.  But through it all, they are always family.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414388160
ISBN-13: 9781414388168
Series: The Darlings

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Nothing is more important to Jane Darling than her family. She’s dedicated her life to raising her children, and they all appear to be doing well. She can finally relax and enjoy life. But when her husband becomes seriously ill, Jane finds herself taking on the most difficult role of her life.

Laura Darling moved away to escape the expectations of her family. Ever since she went through rehab, they watch her like a hawk. Now she has a good job, new friends, and no one to criticize her or comment on everything she’s doing. But when everything begins to unravel, Laura’s heart turns toward home.

Follow the Darling family through triumph and tragedy as they struggle with an uncertain future.

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  1. Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Faith, Family, Forgiveness
    November 29, 2016
    tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Darlings are a large family and since this is my first book to be read in the series, it took just a little while to get everyone straight and their relationship. Once that was accomplished I enjoyed reading about the struggles within but also the love. The characters were real, they weren't perfect. Each had their own demon to conquer. From addiction to denial, it was all there. The mother, Jane, had a very hard time coming to grips with her husband's diagnosis of ALS. She kept believing that God was going to heal him completely. She even quoted scripture. At times I just wanted to slap her. She was holding back on helping her husband with his physical struggles because she felt like it was giving in to the disease. God's answers are sometimes the ultimate healing and sometimes His answers to prayers are "no" to reach His own purposes for us. I so wanted to tell Jane this. But she had other issues as well. Empty nest for one. Amy was the last one to move out and be on her own. Laura was dealing quietly with alcohol addiction and Steph married and moved to Africa. So much for a once busy mother to deal with. Her kids didn't need her anymore, she had no purpose, or did she? And then trying to accept that her husband would gradually get worse and leave her alone was a hard fact to absorb.

    I enjoyed getting to know all these family members. I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced with each of them. Now I need to back track and read about their earlier lives in books one and two.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Bookfun and was not required to write a review positive, or otherwise.
  2. Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Read!
    October 30, 2016
    muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    They Danced On by Carre Armstrong Gardner was a wonderful novel! This story had me hooked from the first page and continued to keep me hooked until the last page. I felt like I was living in the family and was one of the Darlings!

    This is book three of the Darling Family series. I'm sure it would help to have read books one and two of the series so you could have some background information on the characters. However, I didn't read books one and two, and I had no problem keeping up with what is going on.

    This novel starts with Jane Darling (the mother) and Leander (the father). The family has just found out that Leander has ALS. So they are dealing with us, along with other family issues. Laura Darling (one the sisters) doesn't live in the area like the rest of the family. She is dealing with her own issues of addiction. There is also a little twist in the story.

    I was very impressed with Carre Armstrong Gardner's writing style. I had a hard time putting the book down. I am hoping to be able to read books one and two of this series. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

    I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
  3. Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book
    October 29, 2016
    Nancy
    Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This is the first book I've read by Ms. Gardner and I found it to be a very good read. Jane Darling's life has been spent raising her children and she is looking forward to enjoying life with her husband, children, and grandchildren. But when her husband becomes very ill, she is challenged in many ways and begins to realize that life doesn't always turn out the way she's dreamed.

    I received this book through TBCN in return for my honest review.
  4. Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A family's celebration of life
    October 1, 2016
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    They Danced On by Carre Armstrong Gardner is a wonderful book of hope no matter what the circumstances. Apparently a third and final book in the Darling Family series, it is easily a stand alone novel. Jane and Leander face a bleak future...Leander with seeming courage despite fear and Jane with a strong faith that seems to be failing her. Jane is one who never liked change. But now with the children grown and on their own and a past that is rearing its ugly head, she is looking for meaning in her life. The author writes well of several difficult issues throughout the book--alcoholism, impending death, the angst of raising children--and has realistically depicted the issues and rawness of emotions that surround these all too real life problems. The thread of faith throughout the story reinforces the truth that God is never late, and that we have to accept His answers with grace even it the answer is 'no'. They Danced On is an encouraging story of a family who finds grace and hope.

    I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Faith, Family and Love
    September 22, 2016
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a wonderful story that captures the dynamics of family. Throughout the book we get glimpses into the lives of the Darling family. The characters were very relatable and easy to fall in love with. Each character brought a different problem, emotion and importance to the story. I really didn't want it to end and yes there are moments that I felt tears coming as I read about the trials the family faced.

    Jane and Leander are the patriarchs of the family. I loved their dedication to each other and as I read that Leander had ALS, I could feel Jane gather her strength and surround her husband with love and compassion. She has a deep faith in God and assures everyone that Leander will be healed. I loved how the author showed Jane's steadfast hope in God and how she never once gave up. It would be so hard to watch a loved one go through an illness and I felt Jane was a great comfort to Leander. The author did a great job of showing what it is like to deal with a spouse's illness and how it takes the whole family to help out.

    I found that each of the siblings had great love for each other and really was invested in each other's lives. The problems that the Darling family faced were real live issues that people face everyday. One of the most unforgettable parts of the book was the relationship between Jane and her sister. Something happened a long time ago, that Ellen refuses to forgive Jane for. That bitterness has caused such a strain on their relationship . Will Ellen ever find a way to forgive Jane? What secret has Jane kept all these years? The dynamics between these two characters were well written and shows how deep a betrayal can destroy a relationship. The story is of a family that faces devastating illnesses, addiction and behavior issues with children in a graceful and loving way. I love how the story was written with such emotion that I felt every tear, hurt and pain the characters experienced. Get ready for a story that will bring tears to your eyes, a smile to your face and a family that never gives up.

    "There was so much of life left, both to sorrow over and to celebrate. "

    I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
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