Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Review - After All


Susan Marlowe lost her husband and four other firefighters when the homeless shelter she started burned to the ground eighteen months ago. And she's finally beginning to heal. That is until she learns a secret David took with him to the grave. For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?
Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls' fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters who lost their lives that awful November night. Can he ever shake the feeling that he should have somehow prevented the tragedy? As he tries to rebuild the team at Clemens County's Station 2, it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.
Touching, romantic and suspenseful, After All has it all. A love triangle, a mysterious chain of events, and real characters only Deborah Raney can bring to life.

Deborah Raney is the award- winning author of numerous 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 Picture's 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 novel with Howard/Simon & Schuster, Yesterday's Embers, appeared on the ECPA Christian fiction bestseller list. Known for her sensitive portrayal of family struggles and relationships, 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. Learn more at


I enjoyed this book so much! It was another one of those that I couldn't put down! The story is about Susan who was widowed about a year earlier and she is still dealing with the pain of her loss when she is informed that her husband was having an affair. This sends her reeling. On top of this, she is running a homeless shelter and there have been some things that have happened that have turned the community against the shelter. Add in some other things that happen that are stressful, and you wonder how she's able to cope. It helps that she rekindles her friendship with Pete, the firechief and her husbands former boss. You're not real sure about Pete at first, which adds to the story. 

I really, really enjoyed this book and am going to read the other books before this in the trilogy. The writing was wonderful and I felt like I really knew the characters in the book. I also felt like I was saying goodbye to good friends as I finished the last page. I highly recommend this book - you'll truly enjoy it!

God bless you - Julie

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