Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review - Home To Chicory Lane


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?


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.

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This book is about pursuing God given talents and dreams. It's about a family that loves one another but also understands each other's weaknesses. 

Audrey has always wanted to run a bed and breakfast and when they become empty nester's, she is finally able to pursue this dream. Her husband, Grant, doesn't necessarily share this dream, but he loves his wife and he does all he can to turn their family home into a beautiful Inn and helps her in any way he can. 

On opening weekend, they get a shock when their youngest daughter, Landyn, shows up from New York and announces she has left her husband, Chase, of six months. If this isn't shocking enough, Audrey soon realizes that Landyn is pregnant.

Chase is an artist who has felt led by God to pursue his art and an opportunity arises that he prays about and decides that God wants him to do it. Unfortunately, he can't get a hold of his wife before making a life altering decision. 

This situation turns into a comedy of errors on Landyn's and Chase's part. Sometimes I just wanted to reach through the pages and give them a wake up call as to what they were doing to themselves and to each other. Of course, a lot of their decisions were made because of their age and I'm sure most of you will relate to doing some of the same crazy things whenyiunwere young, just as I did. 

I really fell in love with this whole family, but especially liked Audrey and Grant. Their love for each other was so evident and sweet. They also loved their children but knew when to get involved and when to back off. I also loved the faith of all these characters and how they really turned to God in all situations.i give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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