Finding Wings and Chasing Dreams by Deborah Raney – Book Review

Posted September 29, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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When I saw that Finding Wings was going to be released, I realized that I hadn’t yet read Chasing Dreams, the second book in the Chandler Sisters series. These stories build on each other, so I grabbed a copy of it and therefore today you get a bonus, two reviews in one!

Because I want to highlight the newer release, I’m showing the review for it first. But if you haven’t read Chasing Dreams yet, you’ll want to skip down so you don’t see any spoilers.

Finding Wings and Chasing Dreams by Deborah Raney – Book Review

Finding Wings

by Deborah Raney

four-stars
Series: Chandler Sisters #3
Published by Kregel Publications
Publication Date September 22, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Missouri Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 336

Synopsis:

Taking care of her family is a blessing, but Britt thought there would be more to life--like falling in love . . .

Being the youngest of three sisters isn’t always easy for Britt Chandler, especially when her older sisters have successful lives and hers is still on hold. She put everything aside to care for her dying mother, but now their mother is gone. Just as her life finally has a chance to blossom, her sister is ordered on bed rest during a difficult pregnancy, and it looks like God is again calling Britt to be a family caregiver--and nothing more.

Rafe Stuart is unable to forgive himself for a childhood mistake that had grave repercussions. And no matter how many lives he saves now as a first responder, he can’t ever seem to do enough penance to free his soul from that decades-old tragedy. There definitely isn’t room in his wounded heart for love; it’s much too dangerous.

When these two struggling souls encounter each other, sparks fly. But they’re both scared the fire that might result could destroy them--and the others around them. How can they begin to trust God to have the best for them and real purpose for their lives beyond what they’ve dreamed . . . or feared?

I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


Also in this series: Reason to Breathe

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Finding Wings wraps up the Chandler Sisters series. Britt really came into her own here and I loved getting to know her! She wanted so badly to find her place in the world and was a little jealous of her sisters for the men in their lives and especially for knowing their purpose. Yet she was so unaware of the value she had and the way she always seemed to make the lives of everyone around her better.

Britt and Rafe had met before, but neither of them remembered it right away. I had forgotten the details of that meeting (from Reason to Breathe) which wasn’t a problem because the reminder was enough that I was able to recall the details. I remembered thinking at the time that something would come of that meeting. Yep. I nailed it!

Rafe was quite a guy! He cared so well for his mother and his younger brother despite guilt and pain. And frankly, despite the fact that he shouldn’t have had to care for his Ma as he did. These things just caused me to melt, though! He feared letting anyone into his life and his heart, assuming that they would reject him once they saw what his life was truly like.

One of my favorite things about Rafe was his ability to quote Mark Twain. And how fun it was how so many circumstances called for these quotes! Then for Britt to realize how many adages she knew were also by Twain…

It was super sweet how Rafe was able to get past his childhood trauma! The perfect storm of having everyone in just the right place at the right time made it possible.

All the details from the entire Chandler Sisters series wrapped up neatly in this finale to the series. If you enjoy Christian romance, this sweet series is one you will want to read.

Finding Wings and Chasing Dreams by Deborah Raney – Book Review

Chasing Dreams

by Deborah Raney

four-stars
Series: Chandler Sisters #2
Published by Kregel Publications
Publication Date October 22, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Missouri Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 293

Synopsis:

Joanna Chandler always dreamed of becoming an attorney. But when she left law school to help care for her dying mother, stepping away from her single-minded pursuit gave her space to reconsider. The only question is, if not law, what should she do with her life?

To keep her mind off an uncertain future, Joanna helps her older sister, Phylicia, throw an amazing outdoor wedding on the charming Missouri property the three Chandler sisters own together. That's when she realizes wedding planning could be a thriving business of its own. And Lukas Blaine, the handsome wedding DJ, opens her mind to the possibility of love on the horizon.

But there's more to Luke than meets the eye. The young boy he's been mentoring has lost his mother and become Luke's ward. Mateo is sullen and angry and needs constant attention. How can Luke possibly find the time to start a new relationship or saddle someone else with a wounded child? He may have to let go of the woman of his dreams--and crush her dreams at the same time.

I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


Also in this series: Reason to Breathe

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I really enjoyed Luke and Jo’s story, though I have to confess not understanding Jo very much. Her reluctance to accept Mateo, Luke’s ward, was just an attitude so foreign to me, I couldn’t relate. The author did a great job of portraying why she struggled – it wasn’t that. It is just me.

Luke was something wonderful, though. The way he so willingly accepted Mateo, his “Little” (this is what they call the “little” brother or sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization) into his life when Mateo’s mom died made him a hero in my eyes. There are not many people who would allow their lives to be upended in this way. Yet Luke never questioned whether it was the right thing to do – his struggles were around his disappointment that Jo couldn’t see how important this was to him.

I did enjoy seeing Joanna learn to listen to the Lord – to truly spend time in prayer and then in silence to hear His voice. And I especially loved seeing her heart change.

Using a mix of serious situations including grief, and humor appropriately, Chasing Dreams is an enjoyable romance.

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About Deborah Raney

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 inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. A Vow to Cherishcontinues to be a tool for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers’ conferences and serveson the executive board of 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 across 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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