Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney – Book Review, Preview

Posted December 6, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways /

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Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney - Book Review, Preview

The mother of one of my dearest friends recently went to be with the Lord.

While my friend has confidence in her mom’s relationship with Jesus, it doesn’t take away the pain of the loss. She was wisely advised to not set any expectations on what it will be like. Some days are harder than others, and that is just the way it will be.

Grieving the passing of our loved ones isn’t wrong, but we are encouraged by Paul

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney – Book Review, Preview

Reason to Breathe

by Deborah Raney

Series: Chandler Sisters #1
Series Rating:
Published by Gilead Publishing
Publication Date October 23, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Missouri Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Pages: 352


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 Langhorne, 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 this 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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Finding Wings, Chasing Dreams

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Reason to Breathe follows the journey of Phylicia, known as Phee to her family, as she attempts to make sense of her life after the death of her mother and what felt like abandonment by her father. As she and her sisters did the best they could in the situation, they had to rely on each other in a new way.

Quinn is put in the precarious situation by Phee’s father, of becoming the girls’ advisor. I loved that not only was he twelve years older than Phee, but that he was in his early forties and had never married. Somehow that endeared him to me even more. His maturity and patience made him quite a hero in my eyes.

There were a few specific things I loved about the story.

  • The way Quinn knew when his police friend described the middle of the night call they had that Phee and Britt were the women he was talking about
  • That Quinn refused to refer to Phylicia as Phee and why he began to refer to her using that nickname
  • The choice of chaperone and the fact that Quinn cared enough to feel the need for one

The overall tone of the story is serious and yet not somber. There is hope amid the pain. There is a subtle and appropriate humor interspersed to keep the tone from becoming sad. While it isn’t the kind of story that has sentences jumping off the page begging to be highlighted, the writing is tender and lovely.


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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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6 responses to “Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney – Book Review, Preview

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your wonderful review on “Reason to Breathe” by Deborah Raney and for being part of the book tour. This sounds like a book that I would love the opportunity to read. Therefore, I have placed it on my TBR list and can’t wait for the chance to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Dorothy Porter

    The more I read about this book the more I know I have to read it. I lost my Mother 5 years ago and I am still dealing with things. We have just found out Dad has Alzheimer’s and I have ended up in a wheelchair within that time period. It sounds like the Daughter in this book may have a few issues to deal with to. I know I will be reading the book.