Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book Review: After All by Deborah Raney (A Hanover Falls Novel)

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.

My Comments:
In the first two books, I thought that Susan Marlowe seemed to "perfect" To put together. In the final book in the Hanover Falls series we see that she is imperfect like the rest of us. This book does a wonderful job of reminding us all that our lives are messy.  That one person we can truly count on and put our trust in is God. I also like how the book shows how unforgiveness can affect people. When it's dealt with and when it's not. Of all the books in the Hanover Falls, After All is my favorite. 

ABout the Author:
: 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 received this book from the publisher through Glass Road Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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At June 4, 2012 at 9:54 PM , Blogger Beth Zimmerman said...

Blogging (including the reading and commenting there on) has pretty much killed my reading habit. Although I am accruing huge piles of both paper and digital books to be read when I find the time and motivation!

I was browsing alphabets on ETSY recently and found a set of hot pink neon-retro letters that would be awesome with your header. Let me know if you're interested. :)

At June 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM , Blogger Carol Fleisher said...

Beth the letters sound cool. Yeah My reading varies greatly between school and summer


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