Monday, June 25, 2012

After All - Deborah Raney

Summary from GoodReads: Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband, David, and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal. But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave. A secret that changes everything she thought their marriage had been. For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?

Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence—because her dearest friend was someone else’s husband.

Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls’ fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters who lost their lives that awful November night. Can he ever shake the feeling that he should have somehow prevented the tragedy? As he tries to rebuild the team at Clemens County’s Station 2, it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.

Susan Marlowe is the director at the Grove Street Homeless Shelter.  She has been working hard to get the new shelter up and running again since the fire happened eighteen months ago.  She discovers a secret that her firefighter husband took to his grave.  How could he do this?

Peter Brennan is the fire chief who lost five of his firefighters at the homeless shelter fire.  He is recently divorced and stars becoming friendly with Susan.  But someone else is in the picture, Andrea (Andi) Morley.  She flirts with Peter even when Susan is around.  Does Susan and Peter know her secret?

What will happen between Susan and Peter?  Will Susan be able to forgive her husband?  Will this affect her sons?  And finally, how does this series end?  There is one more secret to be revealed at the end!

I thoroughly enjoyed this series!  I loved how the stories focused on different people from the same disaster.  This series helped me to learn that there is life after a tragedy.  It showed how people can mourn, pick up the pieces and move on.  Time does heal all wounds!  Deborah Raney is a great author and I am looking to reading some of her other books, including her Clayburn Novel Series!

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