About the Book
Jenna Morgan mourned the loss of her husband, Zach, in the fire that destroyed the Hanover Falls homeless shelter and claimed the lives of three other firefighters. A year later, her ability to keep up the charade of prosperity she and Zach lived is at an end. Even with financial help from Zach’s parents, she can’t make the mortgage and credit card payments. But Jenna Morgan refuses to go back to the trailer home life from which she escaped. She’s come so far. She just can’t go back to that.
Lucas Vermontez has endured physical therapy for a year, but the legs crushed while he fought the homeless shelter fire are nowhere near 100% yet. Will his dream of returning to the fire station ever become reality? And can he conquer these feelings he has for his best buddy’s widow?
This is one of those books that after reading the first chapter, you just know that it will be a profound and soul stirring read. Jenna and Lucas are plunged up and down an emotional roller coaster of spiritual and physical healing that has them breaking down barricades along the way. I was so happy to see that Jenna and Lucas’ relationship was portrayed in a completely realistic light-the good, the bad, and the ugly. Deborah has successfully steered away from the tempting-yet ultimately unsatisfying-crux of idealizing a fictional romantic relationship.
The is a story of survival: surviving tragedy, surviving your past, and surviving the limitations you put on your future. Deborah Raney has a gift for breathing life into fiction (or turning life into fiction) in a way that calls to the reader with its realism and relatability. What I took away from this story is that sometimes in life you have to pass through the painful flames of a refining fire, but out of the ashes comes something new, pure, and whole.
What a beautifully written story from Deborah Raney! I am excited to read all of the installments in the Hanover series.
**Review copy provided by Glass Road Public Relations**