Book Review: Forever After by Deborah Raney

About Forever After 
by Deborah Raney
Jenna Morgan mourned the loss of her husband, Zach, in the fire that destroyed the Hanover Falls homeless shelter and claimed the lives of three other firefighters. A year later, her ability to keep up the charade of prosperity she and Zach lived is at an end. Even with financial help from Zach's parents, she can't make the mortgage and credit card payments. But Jenna Morgan refuses to go back to the trailer home life from which she escaped. She's come so far. She just can't go back to that.

Lucas Vermontez has endured physical therapy for a year, but the legs crushed while he fought the homeless shelter fire are nowhere near 100% yet. Will his dream of returning to the fire station ever become reality? And can he conquer these feelings he has for his best buddy's widow?

Deb RaneyDeborah Raney is the award-winning author of several novels, including A Nest of Sparrows and the RITA award winning Beneath a Southern Sky  and its sequel, After the Rains. Deborah's first novel, 
A Vow to Cherish, was the inspiration for World Wide Pictures' highly acclaimed film of the same title, which in December 2004 aired on prime time network TV for the second time. 

Deb's novella, Playing by Heart, was a National Readers Choice Award winner and a 2004 Christy Award finalist. Her most recent novel for Howard/Simon & Schuster, Yesterday's Embers, appeared on the ECPA Christian fiction bestseller list.

Deb has also written nonfiction books and articles and often speaks at women's retreats and writers' conferences around the country. She and her husband, illustrator/ author Ken Raney, have four children and make their home in Kansas.
My thoughts:
Forever After
Deborah Raney
Hanover Falls, Book 2
Christian Fiction
4 out of 5

Forever After is the second book in the Hanover Falls series. It follows Almost Forever. The story picks up a year after the tragic fire that devastated five families in Hanover Falls. This installment focuses in on the story of Jenna Morgan, the widow of fallen firefighter Zach Morgan. We also get to see where the year has taken Lucas Vermontez, an injured firefighter, and his family after the loss of their father.

Jenna is drowning in debt and makes the decision to sell her home and move in with her in-laws. Once she is in their house things go sour and she winds up leaving and moving in with her friend Bryn. Bryn is engaged to be married so the arrangement can only be temporary.

Jenna and Lucas meet again at a coffee shop and a relationship begins to develop. Through most of the book Jenna is a character that is hard to sympathize with, probably because you can see some of your own selfishness in her.  By the end of the story she has somehow endeared herself to you.

I really enjoy the writing style of Deborah Raney. Her characters are so interesting that they just draw you in. Even in the case of Jenna, where you really want to tell her to get over herself, you find yourself rooting for her to change. I highly recommend this newest release of Ms. Raney.

*I was provided a copy of the book by Howard Books  and Glass Road in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. A character that makes you want to give her advice, and still is endearing -- that's a well-drawn character :)
    Nice review!


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