Jenna lost her firefighter husband in the Grove Street homeless shelter fire. In the year since the fire, she has needed to rely on her in-laws for emotional and financial support. She lives in constant fear that they will discover her two secrets: that she is best friends with the woman who caused the fire and that she didn't really love her husband.
Lucas, another firefighter, was gravely injured in the blaze. After a year of rehab, he's mentally ready to rejoin the fire department, but his body won't cooperate. When he runs into Jenna, she helps him discover a new way he could be involved in fire fighting ... and he finds himself falling for his buddy's widow.
A story about love, redemption, and trusting God, Forever After is a wonderful book. It's the second in Deborah Raney's Hanover Falls series, but you can read it without having read the first book--I did!
At times, I found myself annoyed with the main characters--Jenna was a bit of a self-centered brat for awhile, and Lucas kept thinking of Jenna as his buddy's wife, when in reality she was his widow and was completely free to marry again. Still, I can see how he would feel guilty about his feelings for Jenna--feelings he apparently had while her husband was still living--especially since they were also tied to the guilt he felt about living while others died. Also, Jenna went through a major transformation during the book, and by the end, I truly liked her.
I really enjoyed Forever After, and if you like Christian fiction, I think you will, too. If you're like me, you'll be left wanting to read Almost Forever, the first book in the series--I just ordered my copy!
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