Friday, December 7, 2018

Review and Giveaway: Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney

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We are excited to introduce Deborah Raney's new series with a blog tour and giveaway for book #1 - Reason to Breathe - hosted by JustRead Tours.


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Title: Reason to Breathe  
Series: Chandler Sisters #1  
Author: Deborah Raney
Publisher: Gilead Publishing  
Release Date: October 23, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction/Romance  

Phylicia thought life was passing her by, but maybe this was love’s plan all along. . .

At twenty - nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Britt. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck — until her father’s protégé, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity to purchase a trio of cottages just outside of Langho rne, Missouri. Joanna and Britt are convinced the three of them should launch a vacation rental venture, but Phylicia remains skeptical.

To complicate matters, Quinn soon finds himself falling hard for Phylicia. But how can he pursue thi s beautiful, talented woman twelve years his junior when she’s still reeling over her father’s hasty engagement to a younger woman? Quinn is determined to give Phylicia her happily - ever - after. But first, he must help her come to terms with her discovery of long - held family secrets and persuade her that true love can transcend their differences.

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My Thoughts:

Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney was a highly enjoyable and emotional book journey. This is the story of three sisters and their father navigating foreign waters after a devastating three years of cancer battle took their precious mother and wife away from them. There are some big surprises and truths uncovered for each, crisis’s of faith, but all in all the hope to continue living with a new and different life.

Many people have faced similar struggles as this family has, myself included, and while this story brought up some of those memories and feelings, I can look back now and see the goodness of God now through those years even when I didn’t then. And as this family moves on and time becomes a buffer from the painful to a different future then what they hoped for, they too will see the blessings that were there all along and remember their mother for who she was. I am really looking forward to more of this series and more of these sisters’ stories.

There is also a beautiful and well-told love story in the midst of these pages that certainly had some challenges and obstacles to overcome to true love. I hope we get more of that story as well.  This was a great read and a favorite for 2018.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.


DEBORAH RANEY dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. Her 30 - plus books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA® Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and inspi red the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. A Vow to Cherish continues to be a tool for Alzheimer's families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers' conferences and serves on the executive board o f the 2600 - member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small - town life in Kansas — the setting of many of Deb's novels — for life in the city of Wichita. They often travel to teach at writers conferences acros s the country and to visit their four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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(1) winner will receive (US only):
  • a print copy of Reason to Breathe
  • $15 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 3, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 10, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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  1. Thank you for your review on "Reason to Breathe" by Deborah Raney and for being part of the book tour. Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading and that I would love to have the opportunity to read.
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  2. Rita and Kay, it really is a good read and the cover is really pretty too. It goes well with the story inside.

  3. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

  4. This book really sounds like a fantastic read.

  5. Thanks for the chance to win. This giveaway is very kind of you.

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  6. Deb Raney's books are a must read!

  7. Great review looking forward to to reading it. Thanks for the chance.

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