Review of Leaving November: A Clayburn Novel7:24 AM
by Deborah Raney
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Howard Books (March 4, 2008)
Description (Author's Website)
Daughter of the town drunk, Vienne Kenney has escaped Clayburn for law school in California. But after failing the bar exam—twice—she’s back home with her tail between her legs, managing Latte-dah, the Clayburn café turned upscale coffee shop. Jackson Linder runs the art gallery across the street and Vienne has had her eye on him since she was a skinny seventh grader and he was the hunky high school lifeguard who didn’t know she existed. Now it’s his turn to fall for her and suddenly Clayburn seems like a pretty nice place to be...until Vienne discovers that Jack is fresh out of rehab and still struggling with the same addiction that ultimately killed her father.
This was the first book of Deborah Raney's that I had read and I really enjoyed it. I could relate to the story quite a bit as I think many readers will. It's interesting watching the characters evolve. As happens frequently, how we perceive ourselves many times isn't how others do, and most assuredly isn't how God sees us. The book explores how it's hard to let go of our pasts and forgive ourselves. This book is about growth and forgiveness as well as being a really good romance. The storyline was really excellent and I think it would be enjoyed by most readers. I didn't feel like it was overly preachy, but it was definitely a Christian message. Overall I'd give this one 5/5 stars.
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