Book Review: ‘Finding Wings’ (Chandler Sisters Novel #3) by Deborah Raney

About The Book:

Taking care of her family is a blessing, but Britt thought there would be more to life–like falling in love . . .

Being the youngest of three sisters isn’t always easy for Britt Chandler, especially when her older sisters have successful lives and hers is still on hold. She put everything aside to care for her dying mother, but now their mother is gone. Just as her life finally has a chance to blossom, her sister is ordered on bed rest during a difficult pregnancy, and it looks like God is again calling Britt to be a family caregiver–and nothing more.

Rafe Stuart is unable to forgive himself for a childhood mistake that had grave repercussions. And no matter how many lives he saves now as a first responder, he can’t ever seem to do enough penance to free his soul from that decades-old tragedy. There definitely isn’t room in his wounded heart for love; it’s much too dangerous.

When these two struggling souls encounter each other, sparks fly. But they’re both scared the fire that might result could destroy them–and the others around them. How can they begin to trust God to have the best for them and real purpose for their lives beyond what they’ve dreamed . . . or feared? 

About Deborah Raney:

DEBORAH RANEY’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career. Twenty-five years, thirty-five books, and numerous awards later, she’s still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. Her novels have won RWA’s RITA Award, the ACFW Carol Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the HOLT Medallion. She is also a three-time Christy Award finalist. Deb is a recent Missouri transplant, having moved with her husband, Ken Raney, from their native Kansas to be closer to kids and grandkids. They love road trips, Friday garage sale dates, and breakfast on the screened porch overlooking their wooded backyard. Visit Deb on the Web at

My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘It was beyond frustrating to have circumstances always dictating her life. When would she ever get to make a choice about how her life looked?’

Deborah Raney brings the last book in her Chandler Sisters series and she saved the best for last, in my opinion. Britt’s story is poignant, sad, hopeful, redemptive, and joyful, all rolled into one. I love how she learns that sometimes, just sometimes, God works quite well in the midst of our own disappointments.

Britt Chandler already has her hands full when she realizes that once again she must set aside her desires to care for her pregnant, on bed rest sister. Just like she had cared for her mother as she was dying. Britt wonders if she will ever get to live her live the way she wants to. In the midst of this, she meets Rafe Stuart, an EMT who talked her through her sister’s pregnancy emergency. Rafe had a voice that calmed her fears and helped her through a harrowing time. Rafe has been through a terrible childhood mistake and has never forgiven himself. He feels he doesn’t deserve a chance at love. Britt definitely doesn’t have time for love. But they each feel a definite pull towards the other. Can they trust God in the midst of this turmoil? Could He just have something for them in this difficult season?

Raney writes with such deep heart issues, including real life situations that we all face. She doesn’t do fluffy stories, but wonderfully rich, full of life stories. I read this one in a day. Recommended.

*My thanks to Kregel Publishing and the author for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.