Thursday, May 27, 2010
Almost Forever by Deborah Raney is the first in the Hanover Falls series.
A fire at the Grove Street Homeless Shelter, that completely destroys the building and is responsible for the loss of five firefighters is the jumping off point for this novel. We follow Bryn Hennesey and Garrett Edmonds, who both lost a spouse in the fire, as they try to recover from their devastating loss. Bryn was a volunteer and there at the shelter the night of the fire. Garrett, whose wife Molly was the only female firefighter to perish in the blaze, faces a unique challenge - how to live with the idea that as the husband he was to protect his wife.
As Bryn and Garrett grow closer, Garrett struggles with his need for answers and Bryn struggles with the fact that she was there the night of the fire and what she can and can't remember about what happened.
Ms. Raney builds a delightful friendship between the two and shows the struggles of losing a spouse and wondering how, and when, to move on. She also tells a story of how telling the truth isn't always the easiest path to take - but it is the right path.
A delightful read, hard to put down. I highly recommend. it.