“After All” by Deborah Raney

How well could you move on from a terrible tragedy?

Fire. A powerful tool, or deadly enemy. In the case of five firefighters, it proved to be their departure. This accident, the “Grove Street Fire,” devastated families, the rest of the team, and more. Following the lives of those impacted, readers are guided through love, loss, betrayal, and forgiveness.

It’s been eighteen months since the accident, and those left behind are still struggling to pick up the pieces. Susan Marlowe lost her husband David, knowing they had grown apart, but hoping that they would have come close together if he were not suddenly taken away. Doubt begins to surface, however, as she learns a secret he carried to his grave – one that could have ended their marriage.

Andrea Morley lost her most intimate friend. There was always the hope of becoming more, but the barrier of marriage. After all, she could never truly grieve as a partner would, because he was married to another woman.

Peter Brennan struggles every day at his job to keep on pushing through. Ever since he lost so many of this team, he wonders if he could have prevented the tragedy in the first place. Working on rebuilding his crew, perhaps his comfort will come from an unexpected face.

Raney is an excellent writer. Skilled at her work in fiction, she has won several awards for her writing, as well has seeing her work turned into film. In addition to her fiction, she writes nonfiction regularly, and articles. She is well-known for her ability to portray relationships and struggles – both intimate and family. Bringing this text to life, After All joins her list of 5-star works, displaying her ability to bring the text to life.

Being a guy at heart (since I am one), I don’t identify well with emotions or sensitive issues. Raney managed to grab my attention from the first page, being easy to read and moving in a compelling fashion that will encourage any reader to continue to the end. This is an excellent read, and highly recommended. You can find it in the SG Store today…Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.