A Scarlet Cord

Author: Deborah Raney

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Release Date: June 17, 2003

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Melanie LaSalle was blessed with all the best things in life-a great job, a wonderful husband, a beautiful home, and a new baby. However, her life came to a screeching halt when her husband died from cancer and she is left to raise their daughter alone. After being alone for several years, she takes a chance on love only to find she isn't in love with the man she is dating. With the growing demands on her time and energy that her design firm and her five-year-old are putting on her, she puts her heart on ice and swears off dating.

Joel Ellington was a handsome newcomer to the Midwest and a new staff member at Melanie's church. He collides with Melanie as she rushes out of her office and the attraction is instantaneous. He feels a growing attraction to Melanie, but knows he shouldn't get too close to her.


Melanie feels as if Joel has something he's hiding from her, but she pushes those thoughts out of her mind and begins to fall deeply in love with him. Just when Melanie thinks she has found love again, Joel disappears and her heart is broken to pieces. What secrets is Joel hiding from his past that he doesn't trust her to know? Should Melanie forget Joel or should she fight for the man she loves?


THE SCARLET CORD is a powerful book that will cause the reader to ask herself if there is ever justification to keep secrets and not tell the whole truth to those we love the most. As this book points out, sometimes we must lie to protect our loved ones even when we yearn for honesty. This is not just a romance, it is also a mystery in that secrets are kept and only revealed in the last few pages. I wanted to keep reading and hoped for it all to work out in the end against all odds. Deborah Raney is one of those authors that after reading a first book by her, you go in search of others she has written also, because you know you're in for a terrific read.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sherri Myers

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