Sunday, June 10, 2012

Book Review: After All by Deborah Raney

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"Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband, David, and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal.

But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave. A secret that changes everything she thought their marriage had been. For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?

Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence—because her dearest friend was someone else’s husband.

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."

After All was a lovely book from cover to cover. To begin with, the town of Hanover Falls was the perfect setting for this romance. Deborah transported me to this charming town with her descriptive word pictures.

The characters were well fleshed out and mostly lovable... mostly. The character who filled the shoes of the villain disgusted me. She got under my skin, completely- a definite sign of a good book. Susan's compassionate heart for the homeless and sacrificial spirit were admirable. And Pete was a wonderful hero. Kind, strong, handsome, and- once he'd reconciled with Jesus- godly.

The plot progressed at a gentle yet steady place. The romance was sweet and felt believable especially since almost every scene revolved around an informal dinner. And the cherry on top was the element of suspense Susan threw in concerning who started the Grove Street Fire. The reveal was shocking!

I do want to say that this is the third book in a trilogy; however, it is not necessary to read the first two books. I understood everything despite the fact that I did not read the first two books, although the shocking reveal at the end might have had a greater impact if I had.

I give this book 5 stars. It was a sweet romance with an added element of suspense, well-rounded characters, a disgusting villain, and a Christian message- the right ingredients for a wonderful read! It can be bought at Amazon.

** Many thanks to Glass Roads Public Relations for providing my free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I am liking the way this story sounds, definately will watch for this one, thanks for sharing..
    Paula O(