Item description for Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney...
Overview When Daria's husband is reported dead, she recklessly pursues a new romance without seeking God's direction for her life. Despite nagging doubts, she stubbornly marries a second time---only to discover months later that her first husband is still alive! Now Daria must make an agonizing choice. Can God bring good from such a terrible situation?
Publishers Description "Deborah Raney reminds us that God's ways are not our ways…but His paths lead to fulfillment and joy.” --Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note and The Heirs of Cahira O'Connor series
Her Second Husband Healed the Sorrow of a Tragic Loss. Her First Has Just Returned from the Dead. Which Man Has the Right to Claim Daria's Heart?
After two years of serving as a missionary in a remote area of South America, Daria Camfield has returned to the States to mourn her husband, reportedly killed while providing medical aid to a neighboring Colombian village.
One family discovers how God can redeem any tragedy.
At first, Daria finds comfort only in the daughter born to her after Nate's tragic death. As she begins to heal, she also finds a listening ear and a tender heart in her new boss, veterinarian Colson Hunter. Determined to move forward with life, Daria ignores the still small voice calling her to wait and accepts Cole's marriage proposal. But after the wedding, Daria's new dream life turns into a nightmare with the arrival of an unbelievable telegram:“Nathan Camfield found alive. Flying into K.C. Int'l. via Bogota…”
Now two men have the right to her daughter, her life, and her love. Will Daria return to her beloved first husband, abandoning Cole? Or will she reject Nate and choose the only man her daughter has ever called “Daddy”--a man she has come to cherish with all her heart? Deborah Raney is the award-winning author of several novels, including A Vow to Cherish, which inspired the feature-length film of the same name. She and her husband, author/illustrator Ken Raney, have four children and make their home in Kansas.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2001
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578564271 ISBN13 9781578564279
Availability 0 units.
More About Deborah Raney
DEBORAH RANEY is at work on her 20th novel. Her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They are new empty nesters with four grown children and two grandsons, all of whom live much too far away.
Deborah Raney currently resides in the state of Kansas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Beneath a Southern Sky?
Interesting fact about this book Mar 10, 2006
In Beneath a Southern Sky, Deborah Raney has created an impossible situation. Daria loved Nathan but thought he died so she married Cole. She loves Cole now but finds out Nathan is alive. The interesting fact is that when she submitted this novel to publishers they rejected it because it had no ending. The author herself did not know who Daria would choose.
That is what is so great about this book. Raney has created a plot in which both men have strengths and weaknesses but ultimately both men are strong Christians and love Daria very much. Raney could have easily given one character flaws that would have made Daria's choice easier, but she doesn't. The ending that Raney devises is perfect. I recommend this book to anyone.
A great book with no easy answers Feb 22, 2006
Deborah Raney's Beneath a Southern Sky is a great book with a plot that will keep you trying to guess what Daria will do. You'll never be able to guess because there is no way that you or she could make the right decision. There are no correct answers. Daria thought her husband Nate was dead. A few years later she remarried a man named Cole. She then finds out Nate is alive. She loves them both. Both men love her. Who should she choose.
This plot makes a great story, even though it is highly unlikely to ever happen in real life. Raney mentions in the novel that this scenario occured quite often during WWII and Viet Nam, when wives thought their husbands were dead and remarried.
Raney seems to set un Nathan as the super husband where everything he does is part of God's plan and that he can do no wrong. Nathan and Daria are missionaries to Columbia. After traveling to a remote village, Nathan never returns and Daria is told he is dead and is even given his charred watch. Daria returns home and meets a vet named Cole Hunter. Cole isn't perfect, and he and Daria have many fights, including one over a "secret" Cole has been harboring. Yet Cole is also a praying man and views Daria as an answer to his prayers. While both men are different, and Nathan might be too perfect, there are no obvious answers to Daria's predicament. As the novel progresses, Raney adds more layers to the story that make it seemingly impossible for Daria to choose which man will be hers.
The primary religious theme of the novel is God's will. Was it God's will for Daria to be a missionary. Should she have stayed even after she thought Nate was dead. Why did God allow her to remarry? Which man should she choose? Characters constantly pray for God's direction in their lives. This is a good novel in that all the characters are Christians. At one point though, Daria seems to think God "allowed" Nathan to die in Columbia, and she is stuggling to understand why God would do that. I think authors should be careful in saying that God allows bad things to happen to good people or that every evil thing is God's will.
I strongly recommend this book. You'll go from thinking Daria will choose Nathan to thinking she should choose Cole. There are no easy answers and I didn't guess the ending. Raney concludes the novel in the only way she really could have and it is very satisfying.
Great depth Jul 11, 2005
With Beneath a Southern Sky, Deborah Raney has created a cast of characters with a depth and maturity we can all hope to achieve. At first, I assumed this was a typical "triangle-type" love story - but there is nothing at all typical about this tremendous story! By the end of the book I was gasping, crying and cheering. I look forward to reading all of Deborah Raney's books.
RITA Award winner for a reason! Feb 9, 2005
Beneath a Southern Sky is one of my all time favorite books. The writing flows, the plot is gripping, the emotions are authentic to the core, and the characters are still "people" I think about. No wonder this book won the coveted RITA award! Raney is a master at touching the heart and giving hope in the midst of impossibly difficult circumstances.
Complex Dec 22, 2004
Beneath a Southern Sky has an intriguing and complicated conflict. Raney's knack with realism burnishes through character portrayal and raw emotions. Though not for the lighthearted - a story of painful, sacrificial love - it's a book I can't easily forget.