Saturday, May 12, 2012

After All Book 3 of Hanover Falls Series by Deborah Raney

I received this book from Howard Publishing for no charge in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.

Book Description:

Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband, David, and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal. But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave.
A secret that changes everything she thought their marriage had been.
For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?
Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence—because her dearest friend was someone else’s husband. Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls’ fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters
who lost their lives that awful November night.
Can he ever shake the feeling that he should have somehow prevented the tragedy?
As he tries to rebuild the team at Clemens County’s Station 2, it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.

My Thoughts:

After All is the third and last book in The Hanover Falls Series by Deborah Raney and I have had the pleasure of reading all three of them.  I am sad the series is done but what a finish.  In After All, Deborah Raney focuses on Susan Marlowe's story. She runs the homeless shelter and ran it when the fire happened. In addition to losing the homeless shelter, she lost her husband who was a firefighter. Eighteen months later, a new homeless shelter is up and running but some people in town are opposed to the shelter.  Susan finds herself needing assistance from Peter Brennan, the fire chief of Hanover Fall's, who worked with Susan's husband.

After All is an awesome story that really brings everything together in this series.  We meet new characters and get to follow some old favorites. After All brings everything full circle with some twists and definite surprises.  I love the cast of characters Deborah Raney writes in this series and find that they are real people dealing with the day to day stuff we all do in the real world.  Deborah Raney writes with such authority on firefighting, homeless shelters, mental health issues, and dealing with grief it is obvious how much research and time she takes to really know about what she writes.  I find myself being able to picture the people and places in these stories like watching a movie.  In After All, Deborah Raney writes about love, infidelity, forgiveness, and trusting God for what we need.  This beautiful story really brings this series to a wonderful close, but the book can be read without reading the other two books. Deborah Raney makes sure there are enough background details for people who haven't read the others without it being redundant for those of us who have read all of them.  I highly recommend this book and this series to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction.  I am looking forward to seeing what Deborah Raney writes next.

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