by Deborah Raney

June 2006
ISBN: 0-373-78562-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback

John Brighton’s beautiful forty-six year old wife, Ellen, has started doing some odd things. When she gets up only two hours after she goes to bed and gets ready for work, John is concerned, but they both laugh it off. Then the situation starts to become more bizarre. Ellen goes to the mall, but forgets where her car is parked. She forgets how to get home. And what happens when she can’t find the classroom at the school where she is a teacher?

Finally, John has to face the truth. His beautiful wife is sick with Alzheimer’s disease. And she can no longer be trusted to take care of herself. Finally he succumbs to the need to put her in an assisted care facility. But what happens when he meets another beautiful woman who seems interested in more than friendship? Will John have the strength to remain true to his wife?

I read A Vow To Cherich when it first came out with Bethany House in 1994, and it is a timeless tale that stays with the reader, making a lasting impression. I’m glad to see that Steeple Hill feels the same way. A Vow To Cherish is an unforgettable tale that will draw the reader in and make them care for John, Ellen, and even the other woman, Julia Sinclair.

A Vow To Cherish is a book that every married couple should read. It will remind you of the importance of the marriage vows you took and gives new meaning to the words “in sickness and in health.” I highly recommend A Vow To Cherish. As with Deb Raney’s other books, readers will need a box of tissues on hand.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Laura.

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