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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)|
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?
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
"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