Item description for Leaving November (Clayburn Novels Series #2) by Deborah Raney...
Overview After failing the bar exam, Vienne Kenney finds herself back home, assisting her stroke-victim mother in the running of a family cafe, an endeavor during which she discovers a new life purpose and reconnects with her childhood crush, a recovering alcoholic.
Publishers Description Eight years ago, Vienne Kenney moved away from Clayburn and all its gossip to pursue a law degree in California. But now she has failed the bar exam again. Is she destined to be stuck forever, a failure -- just like her father -- in this two-horse Kansas town? Nine months ago, Jackson Linder left Clayburn with no explanation to anybody. Now he, too, is back. He isn't sure he's ready to face the rumors and well-meaning questions of the town's busybodies. Yet he's determined, once more, to make his art gallery a success -- in spite of the secret that haunts him every day....
Citations And Professional Reviews Leaving November (Clayburn Novels Series #2) by Deborah Raney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 03/01/2008 page 63
CBA Retailers - 03/01/2008 page 42
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.29" Width: 5.79" Height: 0.95" Weight: 0.74 lbs.
Release Date Mar 4, 2008
Publisher Howard Publishing
ISBN 1416558292 ISBN13 9781416558293
Availability 0 units.
More About Deborah Raney
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. 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 currently resides in the state of Kansas.
Deborah Raney has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Leaving November (Clayburn Novels Series #2)?
Meet the newest Deborah Raney Fan! Jun 14, 2009
This was the first book of Deborah Raney's that I had read and I really enjoyed it. I could relate to the story quite a bit as I think many readers will. It's interesting watching the characters evolve. As happens frequently, how we perceive ourselves many times isn't how others do, and most assuredly isn't how God sees us. The book explores how it's hard to let go of our pasts and forgive ourselves. This book is about growth and forgiveness as well as being a really good romance. The storyline was really excellent and I think it would be enjoyed by most readers. I didn't feel like it was overly preachy, but it was definitely a Christian message. Overall I'd give this one 5/5 stars. I'd highly recommend this book!
Delightful Surprise Sep 26, 2008
As a child of an alcoholic, I can relate to Vienne Kenney. She does not really want to return to painful memories of Clayburn, KS after her mother's stroke, but she must. The business, a cafe, needs attention. Vienne turns the lunchroom into an upscale coffee shop and names it Latte-dah and meets a bit of opposition from some in the small town. Romantic tension is provided by Jackson Linder, Vienne's high school crush, when he returns from rehab to reopen his art shop across the street. Jackson has problems of his own as he struggles to stay sober. Can Vienne overlook Jackson's past? Will her mother approve the changes in the cafe? Will there be enough business to keep these two new business ventures going?
This is the first book by Deborah Raney I've read, and what a delightful surprise it is! It will not be the last one of hers I read.
Retunring To Clayburn Sep 11, 2008
Deborah Raney never disappoints. With skill, faith and depth, she tells stories that are real and filled with hope. Her characters could be your neighbor, your best friend, maybe even you. In Leaving November, she takes us back to the small town of Clayburn, Kansas where we meet some new characters and become reacquainted with old ones.
Vienne Kenney, left Clayburn with plans never to return. Eight years and two failed bar exams later she is back. When her mother suffers a stroke, she determines to stay, refurbish Clayburn Diner into a coffee shop and run it until her mother recuperates. But will she ever get used to the small town gossip and find her place in the community and in God's plan? Jack Linder returns to Clayburn to face his largest challenge. He must reopen his art gallery and face his past mistakes without running to the crutch he used before. Will he be able to fight off temptation and convince Vienne that he truly has changed his ways?
Deborah creates flawed characters you will love and a story you will believe. She weaves faith and truth masterfully in the pages and when you close the book you will want to visit Clayburn, Kansas again. I highly recommend Leaving November and the first book in the series, Remember to Forget.
"Another Winner for Deb Raney" Aug 22, 2008
In "Leaving November", award winning author Deb Raney has written another "Can't put the book down". This second book in the Clayburn series left me with a deep yearning for the release of her next book. As usual, Deb has the reader turning pages in anticipation of her character's life-choices in the small town of Clayburn, Kansas. Deb is second-to-none in creating believable, exciting characters and does so in "Leaving November". She also catches us up on the lives of characters we came to love in her first book in the series, "Remember to Forget". As I followed Vienne Kenney and Jackson Linder through the pages of "Leaving November", I was amazed at Deb's ability to connect the reader with the realities of life that Vienne and Jackson have to face, so that we "feel" their frustrations, fears, disappointments and temptations along with them. Vienne and Jackson face their deep-rooted problems head-on, yet in true-to-life experiences that tug on the heart. The couple's gradual love and trust for each other leaves the reader with a contented heart. But Deb didn't choose a "happily-ever-after" ending for her story, but one that whets the reader's appetite to read more about this couple we've invested our hearts in. Congratulations go to Deb Raney for writing such a wonderful story of faith and love, and triumph and victory. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
A Heartwarming Sequel Jul 9, 2008
In November, Vienne Kenney makes a life-changing decision. After failing the bar exam, again, she decides to return to Clayburn, the town she left eight years ago. She learns quickly that the ghosts of her past still inhibit the small town. Nor has she found the strength to forgive her alcoholic father. She tries to make a go of her mother's café. With the help of town artist, Jackson Linder she might succeed at something. Jackson Linder left Clayburn eight months ago for reasons he would like to forget. Those who matter to him, realize the accident that took the life of his best friend's wife wasn't his fault. But he drank to forget and became chemically dependent. Months of rehab have sobered him. Trevor is remarried and happy. Can he return to a town full of gossips that won't let him forget?Award winning author, Deb Raney has woven yet another great story of overcoming insurmountable odds through the grace available in Christ. Christians are not immune to disappoints, failures, and tragedies. Sometimes these experiences can alter our lives in ways we could never expect. Sometimes, we find God forgives our past more readily than our neighbors or church associates. Through Vienne and Jackson's story, Leaving November, the heartwarming sequel to Remember to Forget, reminds us that our pasts are in the sea of God's forgetfulness. Where they need to stay.