Monday, June 04, 2012

After All by Deborah Raney

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Deborah Raney and her publisher for sending me a copy of "After All" 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 “After All” is an emotional life-after-tragedy novel that is more thought-provoking than entertaining. Complex characters stand strong in the foreground of this story of love, betrayal and forgiveness that culminates in second chances for some and denial for others. The multi-dimensional plot keeps the reader engaged with the story on many levels as tough issues are confronted. The poignant story poses difficult circumstances that beg for the readers’ reflection.

Susan Marlowe is a recent widow: her firefighter husband losing his life on the job with four other heroes. But what Susan discovers after the funeral casts a shadow upon the hero she buried. She is not the only one affected by the loss. Her son, Davy, is acting out. Fire Chief, Pete Brennan, feels responsible for the deaths of his men. Andrea Morley, the “other woman”, is the cause of the turmoil.

Deborah Raney brilliantly fits these pieces together to create a rich and deep picture and teach valuable lessons. This is one novel I would not recommend as your next fun weekend at the beach read. But if you’re looking for a poignant, thought-provoking and emotionally confrontational novel, “After All” is for you.

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