Tragedy has left Doug DeVore with five children to raise alone. When Mickey Valdez, the children's daycare teacher, lends a helping hand, sparks flicker between them and quickly ignite. But romance and real life are two very different things, and too late, Doug and Mickey realize they've said "I do" to something neither of them bargained for. Now they must find a way to untangle their knot of hasty choices without breaking the hearts of five precious children-or their own-in the process.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 320 Vendor: Howard Books Publication Date: 2009 Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1416593098 ISBN-13: 9781416593096 Availability: In Stock Series:Clayburn
On Thanksgiving Day, Douglas DeVore kissed his beloved wife good-bye, unaware that it would be the last time he'd see her -- or their precious daughter Rachel. Left with five kids to raise on his own, and already juggling two jobs to make ends meet, Doug wonders how he'll manage moment by moment, much less day after day, without Kaye's love and support.
When Mickey Valdez, a daycare teacher, hears of the tragedy, she offers to lend a helping hand. After all, it isn't like she has a family of her own waiting for her at home. Her brothers are all happily married, but love seems to have passed her by.
Then a spark ignites...but will the flame be too hot to handle?
Deborah Raney’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was awarded a Silver Angel from Excellence in Media and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the National Readers’ Choice Award. Raney was also a finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.
Deborah Raney tackles a hard subject in her new book Yesterdays Embers as she writes about moving on after losing a loved one. Is it love lost, love gained, or love in flames? Doug DeVore finds himself widowed with five children and feeling helpless when it comes to picking up the pieces of his life. The issue becomes even more complicated when Doug falls in love with the childrens daycare teacher, Mickey Valdez.
Raney begins the tale with a gut-wrenching blow when Dougs wife Kaye and daughter Rachel die unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day. Shortly after his wifes death, Doug enters into a whirlwind romance with Mickey. They soon discover they are in way over their heads. Doug is a passionate man, a loving father, and a devoted husband. But seeking relief from his grief, he ignores his internal cautions. Similarly, Mickey is so thrilled finally to find love, she doesnt consider the emotional cost of instantly becoming a mother to five grieving children. Both of these characters seem desperate to find someone to make them whole, while lacking the common sense and maturity to weigh matters rationally.
I finished Yesterdays Embers feeling rather frustrated and somewhat dissatisfied. The frenetic switching between the different points of view became tedious after half a dozen chapters. The characters are likeable enough, but not completely three-dimensional. A redeeming quality is how the book explores the process of learning how to grieve through intense emotional pain and suffering. The plot of the book reminded me of a passage in 2 Corinthians 4: 7-8, in which it says that love comes in earthen vessels. Its painful, but God allows the pain in order to express his power.
If you are looking for a laid back, soft story that is easy to read, this is not it. I would recommend the book for adult readers who are mature enough to handle the difficult themes and patient enough to look past the books stylistic shortcomings. Emily Bennett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"Yesterday's Embers, with its realistic portrayals and emotionally engaging characters, is a book that will linger in the back of one's heart long after the final page is turned. Anyone who has loved and lost...and dared to love again...will celebrate Doug and Mickey's journey." -- Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of My Heart Remembers
"With characters so real they feel like family, YesterdayÕs Embers will stir your heart with sorrow, compassion, and joy as you journey with the characters down a road too many have to travel. More than just a good read, YesterdayÕs Embers offers greater understanding and insight to the challenges of others. A must read!" -- Diann Hunt, author of For Better or For Worse
"Yesterday's Embers took me through a roller coaster of emotions with the characters tugging at my heart throughout. I wanted so badly for things to turn out well for Doug, Mickey, and the children. I should have known that Deborah Raney wouldn't fail her readers -- or her characters. Yesterday's Embers is another winner." -- Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of When Love Blooms and A Vote of Confidence