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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (June 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578565774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578565771
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DEBORAH RANEY is at work on her 20th novel. Her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They are new empty nesters with four grown children and two grandsons, all of whom live much too far away.

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I went from full-time stay-at-home mom for 20 years to pretty much full-time author. My passion is my family-my husband and I have been married for 40 years and have four kids, five darling grandkids--so far! But since, if a mom does her job right, she eventually puts herself OUT of a job, I'm delighted to have the privilege of working as a novelist. I could not enjoy the writing life more.

I've had a couple of non-fiction books published and contributed to some anthologies, as well as writing magazine articles. But my first love is fiction. I have written more than 25 novels and since The Face of the Earth for Howard/Simon & Schuster released in May 2013, I am now working on a new five-book series for Abingdon Press. Home to Chicory Lane releases August 2014.

A typical writing day for me begins early--often before 6 a.m.--with the business side of things: answering e-mail and reader mail, updating my Web site, reading for research. We're now empty-nesters so our routine is much quieter than it was when we had four kids at home. When my writing time begins, I have a routine that sets the stage, starting with lighting scented candles, choosing mood music on Pandora, and brewing a pot of coffee. Lately I've been enjoying coffee our son sent me from Germany. I have a cozy office that looks out over our front yard. But since I write on a laptop, I often take my computer to the kitchen counter, a chair by the fireplace, or, if the weather is nice, out on the deck where the birds, squirrels, ducks, geese, and an occasional egret, provide entertainment. I try to wrap up the day's words (usually 1000-1500 a day) by suppertime.

Believe it or not, my first choice of activities for the evening is READING--a great novel, of course! As much as I enjoy the actual process of writing, I am an extrovert by nature, and doubt I'd last long in this business were it not for the company of several wonderful online writers' groups, the joy of connecting with other authors at retreats and conventions, and meeting aspiring writers when I teach at conferences around the country.

Probably the most exciting event in my writing life so far was when my first novel was made into a film by World Wide Pictures. Certainly a dream come true and I feel blessed beyond words to still, 20 years later, get to be doing what I love as my day job.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jill E. Smith on July 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
Author Deborah Raney is an expert at asking the tough questions and then weaving a magnificent tale to come to a satisfying answer. A SCARLET CORD, the author's latest novel, asks, "Is it ever right to hide the truth? Can deception be redeemed?" When Melanie LaSalle meets Joel Ellington, she finds a man she begins to care about ~ a man who awakens feelings in her she thought she'd buried with her husband four years before. But as the relationship deepens, so do the mounting suspicions and accusations against him. Has she believed a lie? Is Joel the man she thinks he is? You'll have to read to book to find out ~ and the ending may surprise you. Like her previous books, BENEATH A SOUTHERN SKY and AFTER THE RAINS, this latest work ~ A SCARLET CORD ~ will keep you turning pages, and give you a heart-warming read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on June 6, 2006
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The Scarlet Cord by Deborah Raney is a stand out Christian novel. Melanie is recovering from the death of her husband Richard slowly by caring for her daughter Jerica when a new man shows up at her church. Joel seems to be everything she's looking for in a husband and father for her child, but as they grow closer, secrets about his past threaten to pull them apart. At first I was disappointed that Raney disclosed Joel's secret so early in the book, but as I continued to read, I could see that the disclosure was about Joel's character. He was such an open, honest person that keeping the secret was tearing him apart. Raney does a good job at pacing the story, and the story moves in unexpected ways. What a reader would normally expect to happen in this type of story (specifically one plot element) never happens, and it's a blessing, because it keeps you reading, wondering when and if it will. I cried through the last twenty-five pages of the book at the depth of Jerica's love for Joel, and when I closed the book, I had a smile on my face and realized there was hope in my heart. In all Christian fiction there is a pivotal point within the story when the main character feels the peace of God descend upon them. The whole story turns on that point: if it's not believable to the reader, the story and the message won't carry any weight. In The Scarlet Cord, that point is not only believable, but it passes on to the reader as well. Amazing book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Bayne on August 9, 2003
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I haven't read a suspenseful romance this emotionally charged in a long time. You want to believe in these characters. . . your heart will ache for them. There's nothing contrived here--just real, heart-wrenching conflict in a page-turning read. Highly recommended!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Baldwin on June 26, 2003
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With the skill of a master story teller, Deb Raney tells a heartwarming story of love and trust and betrayal all at once. It is the story of Joel and Melanie. Both hurting souls, broken by past circumstances, seek to find comfort. And they do, in each other. Until the past catches up and one of them disappears. How will they ever make it? Can faith in God carry a believer even through the most difficult times?
Just as she penned the award winning Beneath a Southern Sky and After the Rains, Deb Raney is giving us another soul stirring tale. You won't want to miss this ...even if it does make you cry!
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