Monday, June 27, 2011

Blog Tour: Forever After by Deborah Raney


Deborah Raney is a new author for me, and I was pleasantly surprised by Forever After.  A tragic fire has changed everything for Lucas and Jenna. The fire killed Lucas' father and Jenna's husband and stole Lucas' dream of being a firefighter. A year later both are still grieving their losses and must learn to lean on friends and more importantly God to navigate each challenge along the way.

I really enjoyed this story. It was gripping. The pain, sorrow, grief ... it's so life-like. However, peace, joy, and hope also shine through. This is the second book in the series, but each book stands on its own very well. It made me want to go back to catch up on the previous story!

I will say that the story seemed to skip over some pretty big things. For instance, there is much discussion about Jenna never having loved her deceased husband, but there is never really any explanation of why. It is just sort of an accepted thing. And then at the end, there are a few leaps as well. I felt like a little bit more explanation in a few parts would have helped really complete the story.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed it and would read the other books in this series!

I received a free copy of this book from Glass Road PR in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Book
A fire killed his best friend and his lifelong dream of being a firefighter. The same fire killed her husband and hopes for a family. Can new dreams replace old?
 
Lucas Vermontez was a proud firefighter like his father. Now, not only has he lost his father and his best friend, Zach, in the fire at the Grove Street homeless shelter, but the devoted rookie can no longer do the work he loves after being crippled in the tragic event. When friendship with his buddy's beautiful widow turns into more, he wonders, what could he possibly offer Jenna?  

Jenna Morgan is trying to grieve her husband's death like a proper widow, but the truth is, she never really loved Zach. His death feels more like a relief to her. But that relief is short-lived when she loses her home and the financial support of her in-laws. Now the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her future. Can the two forget the painful past and discover new reasons to live and love?

About the Author
Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was awarded a Silver Angel from Excellence in Media and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the National Readers' Choice Award; Raney was also a finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.

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