Thursday, May 27, 2010

ALMOST FOREVER by Deborah Raney

Deb Raney delivers an emotion-packed, gripping story with the creation of Bryn.

A firefighter's wife, Bryn thinks she knows more than most just how dangerous fire can be. Yet when it takes the life of her husband and four other firefighters, Bryn sees fire for the thief it truly is.

From their mutual despair, Bryn and another firefighter's surviving spouse form a close friendship. As the relationship begins to blossom into more, though, the thief comes again and Bryn must face the question: what caused the fire that stole her husband's life?

Here is my review of this intense read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Deborah Raney and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Almost Forever" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Deborah Raney’s “Almost Forever” is the emotionally gripping story of a firefighter’s wife who suffers the greatest horror imaginable – losing her beloved husband in the line of duty. This story follows the path of the grieving widow who questions the cause of her heartache. As she embarks on the journey of coming to grips with the reality of her loss, she finds a close friend in another deceased firefighter’s spouse and a romance begins to develop as she seeks to solve the mystery behind the deaths of her husband and four other firefighters.

Raney creates an expressively charged story that glows with the larger-than-life heroism of firefighters and their families. She builds a suspenseful plot with the help of thoughtfully fleshed-out characters who make you want to turn the pages and discover whodunit. Her sympathy and admiration for these individuals who risk life and limb everyday is more than evident. What a wonderful fictional tribute to some real-life modern-day heroes.

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