Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Review of Yesterday's Embers by Deborah Raney

About the author:

DEBORAH RANEY is at work on her eighteenth novel. Her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award and Silver Angel from Excellence in Media. Deborah's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her newest books are the Clayburn Novels from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, including Remember to Forget, a 2008 Christy Award finalist. Deb serves on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband, Ken Raney, have four children and enjoy small-town life in Kansas.

About the book:

Tragedy has left Doug DeVore with five children to raise alone. When Mickey Valdez, the children’s daycare teacher, lends a helping hand, sparks flicker between them and quickly ignite. But romance and real life are two very different things, and too late, Doug and Mickey realize they've said "I do" to something neither of them bargained for. Now they must find a way to untangle their knot of hasty choices without breaking the hearts of five precious children—or their own—in the process.


First, I have to tell you I loved this book. I was pulled in and held captive by the story and the characters from the very begining. Yesterday's Embers is a beautifully written novel about life marching forward after death and finding love after losing it. While reading this book, I lost track of time and family not going to bed until the wee morning hours because I simply couldn't stop reading. The characters are so well written they seem like friends and family. This is only the second book I have ever read of Deborah Raney and I have to say she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She has an amazing tallent of developing engaging characters that move the reader through a rollercoaster of emotions. This novel will stay with me for a while and I am sure I will ponder the what ifs along the way. Don't you love a book that pulls at your heartstrings and keeps you thinking after you turned the last page.

I am sorry I don't have a copy to give away this time to a lucky reader because this one I will be keeping on my shelves to be reread again.

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