Monday, May 14, 2012

"After All" by Deborah Raney

Hanover Falls has been one of the greatest places I have visited. With each installment in this series we learn something new and the people within these pages seem like family. I love how Deborah Raney brings these characters to life. I love the title. It says so very much about what God has done and is doing in this town and the people. After all that has happened, God still shows Himself. He can take ash and bring beauty.

The Grove Street fires has changed lives forever. The rebuilding of one homeless shelter has the potential to bring healing to a town and it's people devastated by fire.

Secrets come out and fears are faced. We see these characters grow in forgiveness. We see God's grace wash over them. Healing doesn't come quickly, it's a journey for these characters and I love that. We can see how one person's actions touch every life around them and how we should be responsible for those actions. We too often blame others or allow that blame to fall on others when we in fact know the cause.

I love the character of Susan Marlowe. She encourages others and serves even when her own heart is being torn about by trial and circumstance. I love the strengths of her character. Hanover Falls is one of those places you don't forget. This is a series that can not only bring you the joy of turning pages, but can bring awareness to your own heart. Now, that makes for one special kind of read!

This book was a gift from Howard Books for it's review.

Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was awarded a Silver Angel from Excellence in Media and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the National Readers' Choice Award; Raney was also a finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.


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