Review: Forever After by Deborah Raney
Howard Books, ISBN 978-1416599937
Rating: 2 ~ I Don’t Like It
Jenna Morgan lost her husband, Zach, in the fire at Grove Street homeless shelter. Although she successfully portrayed the role of the grieving widow, in truth, Zach’s death is a relief to her. She did not love him. Yet, she is tormented by feelings of guilt. She harbors a secret she has not told anyone. Lucas Vermontez was a firefighter, just like his dad and best friend, Zach. But he survived the fire and they did not. Left a cripple by the fire, he doubts and wonders if he can ever rebuild his life.
I was horribly disappointed with this book. The narration was frequently “bumpy” and the development of the arsonist’s character was too flat. The main characters were a disappointment, too. I was frequently annoyed at Jenna. She behaved like a spoiled girl or in Lucas’ words, a “brat”. True, she corrected some of her mistakes at the end of the book, but she still held the “I am right” attitude in regards to certain issues she disagreed with Lucas. At the end of the story, Jenna still had not resolved a few of her conflicts, most notably the conflict with her former in-laws. It was unrealistic and almost inhuman the way Lucas could tolerate her attitude.
Despite all the book’s faults, I was intrigued by the book title. This book is the second book in the Hanover Falls series. The first book was titled Almost Forever, this second book is titled Forever After, and the third book (scheduled to be released in May 2012) is titled After All. I have never come across books in a series with such interconnecting titles.
Overall, unless you really don’t have any new books to read, I wouldn’t recommend Forever After to you. If you are looking for a relaxing, light and uncomplicated book to read, then you might want to try this book. If you aren’t, then this book will bore you with its bland mystery.
Deborah Raney is a critically acclaimed author of more than 20 books. Her novels have won the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, ACFW Carol Award, and many others. Two of her novels, Playing By Heart (published 2004) and Remember To Forget (published 2007) were Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was published in 1996. It won the Angel Award from Excellence in Media and inspired World Wide Pictures’ award-winning film of the same title. Visit her website at www.deborahraney.com.
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