“Home to Chicory Lane” is a story that focuses on following God and taking the time to see His hands in our lives. An emphasis on the importance of family and tough love was also woven throughout the narrative. This novel was a good, clean read with interesting characters and a faith-filled message. A contemporary novel, “Home to Chicory Lane” features two generations of the Whitman family. Grant and Audrey Whitman’s last of five children have left the nest and Audrey’s dream of turning the family home into a bed and breakfast is about to be realized. Little do they know that newly married daughter Landyn will show up right in the middle of their grand opening because she and her husband Chase have had a rift.
Overall, the plot progressed smoothly despite the changes in points of view. Reading it from the position of a parent with grown children of my own, I of course found myself sympathizing with Audrey and Grant, especially when Landyn came across as a spoiled brat during the first part of the story. I found myself frustrated with her attitude and felt that she had brought her troubles upon herself. I was happy to find that as the story progressed and Landyn and Chase faced several serious trials, both of them began to mature and make better choices as well as recognizing God’s blessings in their lives.
This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.
Audrey Whitman’s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri.
Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey’s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she’s pulling makes it clear she’s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn’s husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deborah on the web at DeborahRaney.com.
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$200 B&B Weekend Getaway Giveaway & 9/9 Facebook Party with Deborah Raney!
The first book in Deborah Raney‘s new Chicory Inn series, Home to Chicory Lane, introduces us to Audrey Whitman, a mother who has launched all her children into life and now looks forward to fulfilling some of her own dreams during her empty-nest years. However, not all of her children are ready to stay out of the nest quite yet.
Deborah is celebrating the release of her new series with a $200 B&B Weekend Getaway and a Facebook author chat party.
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