Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Forever After by Deborah Raney
While I did enjoy reading Deborah Raney's latest title, Forever After, I did find it to be a little unbelievable, predictable, and not as suspenseful as I'd hoped.
Jenna Morgan is a widow who was never in love with her firefighter husband, Zach. Lucas Vermontez was Zach's best friend, is also a firefighter and was on the scene of the fire that killed Zach (and also Lucas' father, among several other firemen). Jenna and Zach spent money that they didn't have to keep up appearances and to impress the wealthier residents of their town, including his parents. Jenna sells her house and moves in with her former in-laws who lay down some unrealistic "house rules" for this 29 year old to live by.
More fires at the same location as the fatal one, some romances, and the snobbish mother-in-law make this for one soap opera of a book. It is a clean read though and is light reading so if you're in for an easy beach read this might be the one for you.
Thanks to Glass Road Public Relations for this review copy.
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 Reader's Choice Award; Raney was also the finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.