Monday, June 27, 2011

{Glass Road Blog Tour} forever after A Hanover Falls Novel by Deborah Raney

Book Description:  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?

My Review:  Deborah Raney is an author I've heard about, but for some unknown reason, never have read a book written by her.  To be honest I thought this book looked like a great read because of the cover and because it was about firemen.  With all the fires that have been raging in our country this is a timely read!
On the very first page right after the acknowledgement page in beautiful script is the verse from Matthew 6:25-26 that seems to "set the tone" for this whole read....I love these verses because the promise is that we'll never be alone when we know and trust the Lord.
Since there are no firemen in our family I was intrigued by the dangerous jobs that Lucas, Zach and their team were called upon to do.  But at the same time Deborah gives Jenna's heartbreaking side of being a fireman's wife.  But there are hidden secrets too.  Secrets that Jenna must face as she continues her life.  Also, the sweet romance that seems all so real!
This is an incredible read with emotion that runs deep . . . I found my heart racing with the fire, I shed tears with the emotion of loss,  and at times had to smile with the life.side.of living. . . "Jenna was shocked-both at Emily's admission and by the fact that the pretty sweater had come from a discount store.  Clarissa would have died before she'd shop for clothing at Walmart."(pg. 236)  *insert smile*
This is simply a great read!  If you love a read that captures the moment and leaves you with a sense of God is in control then this is the read for you!
*This read was provided for review by Glass Road PR*
About the Author:

I went from full-time stay-at-home mom for 20 years to pretty much full-time author. My passion is my family-my husband and I have been married for 36 years and have four kids, two darling grandsons and one on the way! But since, if a mom does her job right, she eventually puts herself OUT of a job, I'm delighted to have the privilege of working as a novelist. I absolutely love the writing life.
I've had a couple of non-fiction books published and contributed to some anthologies, as well as writing magazine articles. But my first love is fiction. I am at work on my 20th novel, the third in a new series for Howard/Simon & Schuster. A typical writing day begins early-often before 6 a.m.-with the business part of things: answering e-mail and reader mail, updating my Web site, reading for research. When the rest of the household wakes up, I take a break to make breakfast, feed the cats, start the laundry and read the Bible and pray with my husband. Then my writing day begins. I have a routine that sets the stage, starting with lighting scented candles, choosing mood music on Pandora, and brewing a pot of coffee (lately I've been enjoying coffee our son brought me from Seattle-Rainy Day Roast...the name alone is delicious!) I have a cozy office that looks out over our front yard where I can watch for the UPS man and the mailman. But since I write on a laptop, I often take my computer to the kitchen counter or a chair by the fireplace, or, if the weather is nice, out on the deck where my feline friends keep me company. I try to wrap up the day's words (usually 1000-1500 a day) by dinnertime.
Believe it or not, my first choice of activities for the evening is READING-a great novel, of course! As much as I enjoy the actual process of writing, I am an extrovert by nature, and doubt I'd last long in this business were it not for the company of several wonderful online writers' groups, the joy of connecting with other authors at retreats and conventions, and meeting aspiring writers when I teach at conferences around the country.
Probably the most exciting event in my writing life so far was when my first novel was made into a film by World Wide Pictures. Certainly a dream come true! I believe writing is a calling from God on my life-one I've felt since I was a twelve-year-old girl-and I feel blessed beyond words to have answered that call.

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