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A Vow to Cherish Hardcover – Large Print, Feb 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Large type edition edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786209844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786209842
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 553 g

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From Library Journal

As Jake and Ellen Brighton prepare for a new life together on the eve of their youngest son's high school graduation, their life begins to fall apart. Forty-seven-year-old Ellen is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. While Ellen's mind and body degenerate, Jake questions God's justice in letting his wife suffer, and he confronts his own weaknesses as he contemplates breaking his wedding vows for the consolations and pleasures that intimacy with another woman will bring him in his time of need. First novelist Raney has fashioned a startlingly honest portrayal of love, commitment, and redemption in the midst of tragedy that will appeal strongly to fans of Janette Oke and Neva Coyle. Recommended for public libraries.
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About the Author

Award-winning fiction author Deborah Raney has a gift for dealing with difficult issues in a sensitive and compassion manner. Her 1996 release, A Vow to Cherish, was a fictional account of one couple's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Deborah's powerful portrayal of that painful ordeal won her a 1997 Angel Award.

As a popular writer, speaker, and stay-at-home mother of four, Deborah has her hands full. She is active in her community as a Sunday school teacher, a volunteer in her children's school, a member in her town's recreation-community education board, and yet manages to find time to write as well.

Deborah, her husband, author/illustrator Ken Raney, and their children all live in Kansas.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A deeply moving story about real love and commitment... Nov. 10 2006
By Michelle Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A Vow to Cherish touched me deeply--for many reasons. To me, this story is about having no regrets and allowing God to work things out in our lives with His perfect timing. I remember seeing the movie when it first came out and holding my breath as I watched John fall in love with Julia. I recall the same conflicting feelings when I read this book. Part of me wanted John to be happy with Julia. I truly felt for the guy. Part of me also cared deeply about his commitment to his wife.

The author did a fabulous job taking a difficult situation and covering it with flesh. The emotion and the loneliness were real as was the temptation both John and Julia experienced. Many people would justify John and Julia's relationship outside of marriage--especially for John. I hurt for the man. My mother was bedridden with MS for twenty years and my father cared for her until the very end. He cherished her and remained faithful when so many men in the same situations dumped their spouses when they could no longer perform their wifely duties.

John Brighton honored his vow to cherish his wife until they parted at her death. I'm convinced it made all the difference for his enduring happiness. John could then marry Julia free from guilt and knowing he gave his wife his undivided love and attention to the very end--once he overcame the temptation to vault his flesh into a forbidden zone that he would end up regretting later.

I've never read a book that more vividly portrays the deep pain of loneliness and all of the issues that go with it. My heart swelled and my throat tightened more than once through this beautiful story. I loved it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Realistic presentation of difficult situation Jan. 28 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This novel tells the story of Jake and Ellen Brighton, a couple devastated by a heartbreaking diagnosis. Though she is only 46 years old, Ellen has Alzheimer Disease (AD). Author Deborah Raney explores some of the issues that come with this kind of diagnosis. How do you continue to relate to someone who has AD? What does the marriage vow mean when the person you made those promises to gradually slips away? A friend of mine read this book with great interest because she also had a spouse with early onset Alzheimer. She found that the situations in this book accurately reflected much of her experience of being married to someone who has AD. She appreciated the author's Christian perspective and the fact that the story affirmed many of the experiences she had in the past few years. A Vow To Cherish is a unique book. It is an interesting story that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. It will be of special interest to those who have a loved one with Alzheimer Disease.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
honest and touching June 6 2006
By Barbara Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
John and Ellen Brighton attend the high school graduation of their youngest child. The nest would soon be empty and they were looking forward to having time for each other. They plan to travel and just enjoy themselves. Then something started to go horribly wrong. Ellen began having periods of confusiion, saying things that didn't make sense. She gets lost and can't find her way home. A doctor gives them the shattering news. Ellen is in the early stages of Alzheimers. Nothing can be done to help her and the situation will gradually get worse.

In Chicago, Julia Sinclair has lost her husband and after years of sending her sons to St. Mark's private school, which she can no longer afford, she is desperate to get out of Chicago. She applies for a job at the Parkside Manor, a nursing home in the same town where John and Ellen live. When Ellen moves to the Manor, Julia meets John and they are attracted to each other. She can provide the companionship he misses so much. Someone to talk to, someone who understands. But John still loves Ellen, and he made a vow to cherish her in sickness and health on their wedding day. How can he go back on that vow just because she no longer knows him? A Vow to Cherish is a touching story of love and commitment and is an honest portrayal of the destroying disease of Alzheimers. The characters are so real you'll feel you know them. This book will touch your heart
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hauntingly Beautiful! June 12 2006
By Ane Mulligan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not often does an author have the chance to go back and rewrite her first book, but Deborah Raney had that opportunity. I read the original edition, saw the movie inspired by her book, and now I've read the new one. She has updated numerous things and added more depth, making an already good novel hauntingly beautiful.

John Brighton's wife has Alzheimer's, a cruel disease that afflicts entire families. I know. My mother died of Alzheimer's. I found Raney's book to be healing for me. With deep understanding and compassion, she exposes layer after layer of emotion a husband feels when his wife leaves him a bit at a time.

More cruel than sudden death or divorce, Alzheimer's robs the patient of their dignity as it robs the family of their loved one. After my mother died, daddy said he felt as if a weight had been lifted from his shoulders. That hurt and I couldn't understand how he could say it. Until I read A Vow to Cherish. As Raney reveals John's deep love for his wife, she also discloses how the disease wore him down. No one suffers Alzheimer's alone.

Beautifully written and filled with credible characters, Raney once again demonstrates why she's an award winning author. A Vow to Cherish stands on my all-time-favorites book shelf.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Touching. I was deeply moved. Aug. 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Every once in a great while a novel is born that really means something. Deborah Raney's gentle, yet realistic portrayal of Alzheimer's Disease is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about this illness. It is well-researched and heart-felt, enabling the reader to understand what Alzheimer's entails. A Vow to Cherish would be an encouragement to anyone who is dealing with the disease. Is one of your parents suffering? A spouse? An aunt or uncle? Or maybe a friend? Read A Vow to Cherish and know you are not alone.