Beneath a Southern Sky [NOOK Book]


"Deborah Raney reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways…but His paths lead to fulfillment and joy.”
--Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note and The Heirs of Cahira O’Connor series

Her Second Husband Healed the Sorrow of a Tragic Loss.
Her First Has Just Returned from the Dead.
Which Man Has the Right ...
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Beneath a Southern Sky

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"Deborah Raney reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways…but His paths lead to fulfillment and joy.”
--Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note and The Heirs of Cahira O’Connor series

Her Second Husband Healed the Sorrow of a Tragic Loss.
Her First Has Just Returned from the Dead.
Which Man Has the Right to Claim Daria’s Heart?

After two years of serving as a missionary in a remote area of South America, Daria Camfield has returned to the States to mourn her husband, reportedly killed while providing medical aid to a neighboring Colombian village.

One family discovers how God can redeem any tragedy.

At first, Daria finds comfort only in the daughter born to her after Nate’s tragic death. As she begins to heal, she also finds a listening ear and a tender heart in her new boss, veterinarian Colson Hunter. Determined to move forward with life, Daria ignores the still small voice calling her to wait and accepts Cole’s marriage proposal. But after the wedding, Daria’s new dream life turns into a nightmare with the arrival of an unbelievable
telegram:“Nathan Camfield found alive. Flying into K.C. Int’l. via Bogota…”

Now two men have the right to her daughter, her life, and her love. Will Daria return to her beloved first
husband, abandoning Cole? Or will she reject Nate and choose the only man her daughter has ever called “Daddy”--a man she has come to cherish with all her heart?

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What People Are Saying

Robin Lee Hatcher
There aren't many novels that keep me awake reading into the wee hours of the night, but Beneath a Southern Sky did. Nathan, Daria, and Cole slipped from the pages of this book and into my heart. I experienced all their heart-wrenching emotions, agonized over every decision they had to make, and rejoiced as they triumphed by God's grace in the midst of an impossible, hopeless situation. This book is wonderful. Truly both poignant and powerful! Bravo, Ms. Raney!
—(Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of Ribbon of Years)
Lisa Tawn Bergen
Forget the movie of the week. Beneath a Southern Sky reads like a dramatic film, but has substance of eternal importance. Six months after reading it, I¹m still digesting what it means to me. Everyone will be talking about this book!
—(Lisa Tawn Bergen, best-selling author of The Bridge)
Hannah Alexander
Deborah Raney dug deeply into my heart with this story of sacrificial love, gently guiding me to examine my own relationship with God to make sure I had given every area of my life to His control. No reader could walk away from this novel without a clearer, more personal picture of the love of Christ. I thank Deborah for reminding me that, even though life's choices aren't always easy, God is always there to help us make them.
—(Hannah Alexander, author of Sacred Trust, Solemn Oath, & Silent Pledge)
Lisa E. Samson
Beneath a Southern Sky has magnetic qualities! I just couldn't seem to put it down! In her normal, five-tissue fashion, Deb Raney has created an impossible situation for her heroine, Daria Camfield. As I read, I thought I imagined all the ways Raney could tie her book into a neat little bow. Not so! The poignant ending of this thought-provoking novel took me unawares and lingered in my mind for days afterwards. You definitely won't be disappointed.
—(Lisa E. Samson, best-selling author of The Church Ladies)
Angela Elwell Hunt
In Beneath a Southern Sky, Deb Raney reminds us that God's ways are not our ways . . . but His paths lead to fulfillment and joy.
—(Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note)
Denise Hunter
Deborah Raney has written an incredible tale of passionate love, tragic mistakes, and second chances. Beneath a Southern Sky captured my attention on page one and held me in its grips to the last page. I feel as if I've spent the last two days struggling in the rugged beauty of the Colombian rainforest and basking in the small-town charm of Bristol, Kansas. And I want to go back. Write faster, Deborah Raney!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307459381
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 507,860
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Deborah Raney is the award-winning author of several novels, including A Vow to Cherish, which inspired the feature-length film of the same name. She and her husband, author/illustrator Ken Raney, have four children and make their home in Kansas.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012


    So well written! It keeps you in suspense and you can't put it down! So many trials, hurts, loses and love of one another and God.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    loved it

    i have read this book many times and love it. draws you in and makes you laugh and cry along with daria . very easy to get interested in.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    How Can This Possibly Turn Out Well?

    Daria Camfield watches her husband walk away, never to return to their small hut in the jungles of Columbia. The young widow returns to the States heart-broken but holding the secret she never had a chance to share with Nathan-she carries their baby.

    Daria struggles to make a way for herself and her newborn daughter. When Dr. Colson Hunter enters her life, she wonders at the fact that God would allow her a second chance at love and family. But when word arrives that Nathan is alive, Daria is caught between her two husbands and realizes she loves them both. Finally she turns to the God she has kept shut out of her life for far too long.

    Wonderfully written, believable, genuine characters come to life on the page with all their faults and glories. Raney shows just how easily we can justify the choices we make. She also shows the dangers of setting our own path rather than relying on God and waiting on His timing.

    The book explores relationship issues between husband and wife, parent and child, and adult parents and their children, giving biblical views of each. Beneath a Southern Sky takes an honest look at the struggles of new marriage, the deep riches of committed relationships, and the reality of sacrificial love.

    A wonderful, gripping story of sacrifice and second chances, it made my mind raced ahead to discover how Raney could possibly resolve this in a satisfying, biblical, and believable way. A believable ending is made even more powerful and satisfying by a touching epilogue.

    Recommended for women of any age.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

    A great read!

    I found this book very easy to get into. Within the first page, I was drawn to follow Daria, and what choices she made, and where her choices took her in life. I definatly recommend this book! Very difficult to put down, make sure there is time to finish once you start!

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

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    Great Read

    Beneath A Southern Sky is a story about Daria, a missionary in South Africa whose husband is reportedly killed in a remote village. Daria returns home to the U.S. to mourn his death and prepare for the birth of their daughter. As she tries move forward with her life she meets Colson Hunter. He falls in love with her and asks her to marry him. Daria feels that God is calling her to return to South Africa but she ignores His voice and marries Colson. Not long after their wedding she receives a telegram that turns her life upside down. You'll have to read the story to find out what the telegram says, and what Daria's response is.
    I really enjoyed this book. Deborah Raney's descriptions of the rain forest were remarkable. I felt as if I were there. Later in the book I could really feel what Daria was going through - trying to decide whether or not to marry Colson, and how hard it was to make her decisions. The message Deborah conveys about how important it is to wait on the Lord and not ignore the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit is one we all need to know.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Interesting Book for the Baby Boomer Generation and Sandwich Generation

    BENEATH A SOUTHERN SKY by Deborah Raney is an intriguing contemporary novel that will remind many of us in the Baby Boomer Generation of the Doris Day movie, Move Over, Darling. Daria Camfield is a missionary working with her husband, Nate, in South America. She is grief stricken when she is informed of the death of Nate. He had left her behind to provide medical help to people in a native village further away from their mission home base. Once she heard the news, she decided to go back to the states in order to have help from her family with the baby she was expecting. As in Doris Day's movie, time passed, she met another Christian man of high integrity who grew to love her and her daughter, and they were married.
    Three years after her husband's death she and her family are shocked and devastated to learn he had not died after all. Unlike Move Over Darling, this book is not a comedy. Instead it's an interesting Christian novel with substance that realistically portrays mission life along with all the ramifications of this particularly difficult situation. I really enjoyed reading it, especially since it had a solid ending that was very satisfying. Great book for this Sandwich Generation senior home care giver to read while waiting at doctor's offices.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney

    Daria is very much in love with her husband, Nate. They are both Christian missionaries in South America when he disappears and is assumed dead. She heads back to the United States certain she is carrying Nate's child. After giving birth, she gets a job in a veterinarian's office and falls in love with her new boss. A little voice in the back of her mind tells her to wait but ignoring it she accepts his proposal and gets married. Unknown to Daria, Nate didn't die. He was very sick and held prisoner in South America. He's never stopped loving Daria. Daria's world starts to fall apart when Nate returns.

    Beneath a Southern Sky is a Christian romance that I really enjoyed. The characters are very believable and unlike some Christian novels, they aren't perfect. They have faults and those faults make them all the more lovable and endearing. The story is very well written and I could easily feel all the emotions Daria experienced mourning her first husband and the torment she felt when her first husband came "back from the dead". It wasn't an obvious choice between the two men and I had a really hard time figuring out what her choice would be.

    This is a really good book that will appeal to lovers of romance and Christian books. It's not an overly preachy book or one where everyone is spouting salvation stories every other page. I think this would appeal to people who don't regularly read Christian stories as well as those that do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    A Journey of Love

    Imagine hearing that the love of your life has been killed....then years later that he is alive!!!!!!! This dilemma takes the reader through all the emotions possible, and then some. The background in underdeveloped Colombia is awesome, but the story grabs your heart and just won't let go. This is a MUST READ for any Christian romance/adventure reader. Months later, my heart is still torn by this book, I think you will love it as much as I do. I'm looking forward to the sequel!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003


    I was pulled in by this powerful theme and the author's adept handling of a tragic circumstance, both with emotional sensitivity and according to biblical, spiritual principles. The epilogue really rounds off the satisfying conclusion. Provides probing take-away for readers. It certainly impacted my own thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2003

    Absolutely Wonderful!!!!

    This is a definite must read!!! Once you get started you can't put it down (I read it in two days). I love this lady's writing style. It's perfect if you like surprise endings, and I am definitly going to read the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    Is it just Me?

    I really enjoyed this book untill the problem in the book presented itself. I did not think that it was really saying God helps us through... it was more God punishes us through... But looking at the other ratings you should probably go along with it and see. I just was kinda dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2001

    Captivating love story

    An excellent and poignant story! I read this on my summer vacation and didn't want to do anything else until I had finished Beneath a Southern Sky. I kept raving about it to my friends who then fought over being the next one to get this enthralling book. It is a must read IF you want a realistic portrayal of what happens when very good Christians fail to seek the counsel of God. Get ready to laugh, to learn and to cry. Georgia Shaffer, PA Licensed Psychologist, speaker and author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001


    Who Should Read: lovers of human drama, romance, and inspiratonal fiction. Review: Oh, the choices we make without the guidance from the Lord! Daria Camfield went into the mission field more out of love for her husband, Dr. Nathan Camfield, than in obedience to God's call. When Nate is reported killed in the jungles of Colombia, she is left alone--with the exception of the baby growing inside her. When Daria returns to the U.S., she is returning to more than her family. She must now build a new life for her daughter and herself. Part of that new life includes the handsome & personalble Dr. Colson Hunter. When Cole asks for Daria's hand in marriage, she quickly says yes. The early days of Daria's marriage to Cole sees both good and bad days and is eventually blessed with the forthcoming arrival of another child. Life finally seems to be settling down to a happy medium when the unthinkable happens: Dr. nathan Camfield has been found...alive! Personal Comments: Few books rivet me; this is one of those. Ms. Raney so carefully created her characters and researched her subject matter. I woke up early--to read. I carried the book with me--to read. It shared teatime with me and I took it to bed for 'just a few more pages' before falling asleep. Challenge: Prepare for a huge knot in your throat as Daria and Nate make the most difficult decision of their lives. See if you can get thru the last few chapters with tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2001

    A Moving Story of Love and Consequences

    Daria Camfield is living her dream. ¿Beneath a Southern Sky¿ of South America she works as a missionary alongside her beloved husband, Nathan. Nate longs to reach the Timoné people for Christ, and Daria is learning to share his passion. But when Nate goes off to help the people of a neighboring village, Daria waits in vain for his return. After a lengthy search, Nate is presumed dead. Daria returns to the States to mourn, carrying Nathan¿s child. Enter veterinarian Colson Hunter. During the mending of Daria¿s heart, Cole provides the listening ear Daria needs. But can she ever love again? Is marrying Cole what God wants her to do? In ¿Beneath a Southern Sky,¿ author Deborah Raney captures the essence of Daria¿s grief, making the reader feel a part of the story. We care what happens to these people, and in the end, when choices beget agonizing consequences, we see the hand of God reach out and touch our spirit, giving us a glimpse of His character through the lives of Daria, Nathan and Cole. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it reminded me how important it is to consult the Lord in every decision of our lives. Some choices we make can¿t be undone. Some consequences are beyond remedy in this life. ¿Beneath a Southern Sky¿ is a poignant reminder of it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    Deb Raney writes another winner

    This is a wonderful story that reminds the reader that God's timing is perfect and that we need to trust His plan for our lives. As always, Ms. Raney creates realistic, likeable characters, that are not 'cardboard', but that have depth and flaws. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good Christian fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    Soul searching excellence

    Deb Raney knows how to weave a tale of exquisite depth, with a wrench at the end that leaves the reader satisfied and thoughtful. The struggles of Daria, a young, widowed mother, became my own as I watched her grieve the death of her husband, and then fall in love again. When she finds herself in a horrible dilemma with no escape, we see the power of true love at its most beautiful. This gives us a picture of the sacrificial love of Christ. Another Deb Raney masterpiece.

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    Posted November 27, 2011

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