Love at First Thought with Deb Raney

by | Feb 15, 2011 | Fiction Book Reviews | 4 comments

Another great day for Love at First Thought, and today I have award-winning author, Deb Raney.

Deb is a fabulous resource of information and encouragement. I met her three years ago at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina – and have looked forward to seeing her each consecutive year. Truly, she’s as sweet as she looks.

Here’s her Love at First Thought:

My first novel, A Vow to Cherish, is about a family dealing with the wife’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Early in our marriage, my husband and I worked in the occupational therapy department of a large nursing home in New York. We worked with many patients with dementia and I realize now that working there, I was doing the research for a novel I wouldn’t write for many years. But when friends of my parents, and then grandparents of our children’s friends were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I remembered my time working with such patients in the nursing home. Soon, the idea for A Vow to Cherish began to form, and once I started writing, it was just five months before I had a finished first draft. That book was contracted just a few weeks before Ronald Reagan announced his own diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, and in 1998, it became a feature-length film from World Wide Pictures.

Wow, Deb – what a story!!! I know from personal experience what a difficult journey it can be.

Thanks for your insight and inspiration.

I’ll add an Inspirational Thought on Friday. In the meantime, may the Lord bless your day with inspirational thoughts and beautiful blessings.


  1. Casey

    I loved this book. Deb’s writing is just so easy to slip into and really enjoy. I started A Scarlet Cord last night and was reminded what I was missing by denying myself a Raney book. 🙂 Hope I get to meet someday, Deb! 🙂

  2. Julia

    I haven’t read this, but it sounds beautiful. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s so I know a bit about the journey. When he ran out of patience (which was rare) he would turn off the hearing aid.

  3. Debra E Marvin

    Somehow I missed the connection between Deb Raney and that movie. My grandmother and my mother have had this disease and I thought the movie was awesome.

    I’ve enjoyed this week’s posts, Pepper. Very nice!

    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Deb.
      Be ready for more next week!! 🙂 I love learning and celebrating with others!


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