A Vow to Cherish
Author: Deborah Raney
When his precious wife of thirty years received a devastating diagnosis, John Brighton's world fell apart.
As his wife slipped from him day by day, his love was being tested as never before, and he found himself
confronted by a weakness he never knew he had. He desperately needed a confidante in this dark time,
and a young widow named Julia Sinclair seemed to understand his pain as no one else could. Torn
between doing what he knew was right and what his heart told him could not be wrong, John soon
discovered that the heart can't be trusted where true love is concerned.
From the time Deborah Raney opened the cover of Tip and Mitten in first grade, she has loved to read.
Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Deb was inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular Little House on the
Prairie series, and first tried her hand at novel writing at the age of twelve. However, after accidentally
putting airplanes in a story set in the 1700s, Deb tore up her manuscript in frustration and vowed never to
write historical fiction again. More than a quarter of a century passed before she dared to attempt another
book.<br><br>After spending two happy decades as a stay-at-home mom, Deborah finally began work on
her first novel-- a contemporary story--after an intriguing discussion about Alzheimer’s disease with her
husband and teenage children. Drawing on her experiences working in a New York nursing home early in
her marriage, Deborah crafted a fictional account of one family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. A
Vow to Cherish was published in 1996 and won the Angel Award given by Excellence in Media.
<br><br>A Vow to Cherish went on to become the inspiration for World Wide Pictures’ highly acclaimed
film of the same title. Deborah and her husband attended the Hollywood premiere of the made-for-
television movie in June 1999, and it aired throughout North America that September and again in
December 2004. The movie is now available on video and on DVD in seven languages. Deborah recently
completed an update of the book to be reissued by the Steeple Hill imprint in 2006.<br><br>Deborah’s
novels have won the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the
National Readers Choice Award, American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Faith, Hope &
Love Inspirational Readers Choice winner, and Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the
Year.<br><br>Deborah’s newest novel, Over the Waters, was inspired by her parents’ work with a
children’s home near Port au Prince, Haiti, and will be released by the Steeple Hill imprint in