Item description for Yesterday's Embers (Clayburn Novels Series #3) by Deborah Raney...
Overview Struggling with depression while raising his five surviving children after an accident that claimed the lives of his wife and daughter, Doug DeVore hastily marries a nurturing woman from a local day-care center but is dismayed by the realization that he does not love his second wife with the same intensity he felt for his first. Original.
Publishers Description 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?
Citations And Professional Reviews Yesterday's Embers (Clayburn Novels Series #3) by Deborah Raney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 04/01/2009 page 62
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 1" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2009
Publisher Howard Books
ISBN 1416593098 ISBN13 9781416593096
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 Yesterday's Embers (Clayburn Novels Series #3)?
Don't Rush Love Sep 4, 2009
For one last time we get to return to Clayburn. This time we are introduced to Doug, a grieving widower with 5 children who recently lost his wife and daughter, and Mickey, a single schoolteacher who yearns for love. The story involves seeing how Doug struggles to get through every day life by himself and realizing that he needs someone else in his life. This someone ends of being Mickey, who takes care of his children at her daycare. Their relationship happens a break neck speed and the two find themselves engaged, married and bickering within months. I did like the chemistry between the two although I thought their relationship happened way too fast. They would have benefited from a longer dating relationship plus outside help from friends and family probably would have strengthened their relationship.
While I did enjoy this book, there were several issues I had problems with. The main reason is pretty much Doug and his actions. I really felt bad for Mickey and what she had to go through after marrying Doug. I also felt understand Kayeleigh's frustration and anger over her dad getting remarried so soon. It was totally understandable why she acted the way she did. However, there were times when she went overboard and her father didn't do anything to reprimand her. Instead he made Mickey be the bad guy which showed how he didn't respect her. There were times when I just wanted to shake Doug and be like "What are you doing???" I felt like he was just wallowing in his grief and let emotions overtake him and he honestly didn't know what he was doing. By the time the ending came, I was so frustrated with him and I just couldn't believe that Mickey wanted to stay. I was also really shocked with the incident involving Kayeleigh. It was really out of the blue and I'm surprised more wasn't brought up about it. The issue of Mickey being a Catholic and Doug not being one was brought up heavily in the beginning of the book and then just dropped. We never find out if she or he ends up converting to the other's denomination. It would be such a big deal except for the fact it was a big issue in the beginning of the book.
Overall though, I enjoyed this read and am sad that the series is over. I really feel like I have gotten to know the people of Clayburn and would have liked to drive into the town and visit one day. The writing is crisp and fresh and the storyline is relevant for those in the same situation as both Doug and Mickey. I will miss returning to Clayburn but I'll be looking forward to any of the author's future books.
Heart Wrenching Aug 21, 2009
Can a man ever love again after losing his wife and one of his daughters? Can a broken heart be healed? Is there hope after the loss of a loved one?
These questions and many more are explored and answered by Deborah Raney as she stirringly and emotionally describes the journey Doug DeVore faces as he strives to live and love again after tragic loss.
I have to admit that I am a guy and this book is a little bit more romantic and emotional than my usual choice of literature, however, it affected me deeply and brought out emotions that I never thought I would feel from reading a novel.
From almost the very first page, the author turned my world upside down and made me ask serious questions about myself and my attitude and ability as a husband. By the end, I was left hugging my wife tightly, vowing to be more loving, caring and thoughtful.
Having just read Kiss Goodbye, which tells the true story of the day Deb Watson's daughter was killed in a traffic accident and describes the ensuing hours, days and weeks in minute, graphic detail, I was very pleased to see the accuracy with which the author described the way Doug and his family felt and existed in the weeks following the deaths. It brought a distinct air of realism to the story, which probably just added to how emotionally charged the book was.
If you like heart wrenching, timeless romances then this book is definitely for you but be warned: it made me cry!
Yesterday's Embers Jul 23, 2009
Doug DeVore is suddenly widowed when his wife and daughter tragically die. He is left with five children and very few resources. He turns to Mickey Valdez, his children's day care teacher, a thirty year old single woman. For a lesser writer, this storyline would be a feel-good romance, a "love conquers all" exercise. But Deborah Raney offers more than that. She looks beneath the surface at what motivates DeVore, his loneliness, his feelings of being overwhelmed at caring for his children, his need for someone to take care of him as his wife had done. Kayeleigh, at 12 the oldest child, struggles with the loss of her mother along with normal adolescent insecurities and her resentment of Mickey drives a lot of the story. Mickey worries that life is passing her by, that she will never have the marriage and family she desires. How their relationship develops, and all the problems they encounter, from religious differences, the demands of so many children and money problems, to extended family pressures, give a sense of reality to their story. I had a real sense of getting to know this family. There is a strong Christian element to the story which motivates the characters and drives their decisions but this does not overpower the story.
Disappointed Jun 25, 2009
This is the third book in a series. I enjoyed the first two - easy, feel good reads - but did not like this one. Guy's wife dies. Guy meets new girl and marries her shortly after wife dies. Guy and new girl realize it was too soon... As a happily married woman, I was insulted by this book.
I really enjoyed this book... Jun 11, 2009
I have not read the first 2 books in this series but I really enjoyed this book & I didn't feel like I had missed out on anything. If this is the only book that you are able to get a hold of then don't worry because it can certainly stand-alone.
I felt that this story was very touching & emotional. I shed a few tears over this book. I actually disliked it quite a bit when Doug started having so many feelings towards Mickey. I didn't understand how he could move on that fast but I was satisfied later on to see that it wasn't all gravy as I expected it to be.
My true rating would be 3 1/2 stars if 1/2 stars were possible & I would recommend it to somebody that likes touching stories.