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Book Report: A Vow to Cherish by Deborah Raney

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A Vow to Cherish, 25th Anniversary Edition

Written by Deborah Raney

Raney Day Press, 2019


A special thanks goes out to Deborah Raney for gifting me a copy of A Vow to Cherish, 25th Anniversary Edition. I receive her Inspired by Life and Fiction e-newsletter and won a copy by commenting on one of her posts. Thank you, Deb!

Blurb from Amazon:

The battle they face will either ruin them or bring the deepest fulfillment they could ever know.

When his precious wife receives a devastating diagnosis, John Brighton feels his world has fallen apart. As Ellen slips away from him day by day, their love is tested as never before. Desperately needing someone to confide in, John meets Julia Sinclair, a young widow who seems to understand his pain as no one else can. Torn between doing what he knows to be right and what his heart tells him surely can’t be wrong, John soon discovers that the heart cannot be trusted where true love is concerned.

A Vow to Cherish has impacted three generations of readers—first with the book from Bethany House Publishers and then through the World Wide Pictures film inspired by Deborah Raney’s novel. This newest edition of the novel brings home the profound message of the sacredness of marriage and the importance of the commitments we make in marriage.

This novel was originally published in 1996 under the same title.

Why I like this book:

25 is NOT old! I’m more than twice that age, and I think I’m still pretty interesting. Most of the time. Sometimes. Occasionally…

I enjoyed reading A Vow to Cherish. The writing is clean and easy to read. The subject matter was a little harder to digest-facing the loss of a spouse due to health issues. The long, slow health decline is so hard to read about. Part of the reason I had a hard time is my increasing age and the uncertainty of how I’ll continue to age (health wise). But that has nothing to do with the quality of the story and the writing.

As the title suggests, marriage, commitment, vows, promises, and choices play a huge part in this story. Regardless of the emotional events in this tale, life is lived and the characters find a wonderful peaceful resolution. Without giving too much away, marriage vows are a key conflict in A Vow to Cherish. Reminders of the sanctity of marriage vows are skillfully woven throughout this story.

Thank you, Deb, for sharing this beautiful story.


Author: Angie

I live with my husband and crazy kitty. Much of my time is spent writing, reading, and playing with the grands. You can usually find me sipping tea or coffee, nibbling on dark chocolate, and contemplating what to plant next in the garden. If not those pursuits, then I am probably trying to figure out how to cook and live in an RV, creating cards with rubber stamps, walking, hiking, or out snapping photos with my camera.

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