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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another Heartwarming Story from Deborah Raney

"Home to Chickory Lane"
   By Deborah Raney
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?

My Thoughts : When I see a new book by Deborah Raney, I already know that it is going to be a heartwarming tale , well written and filled with meaning. This book was certainly no disappointment. Deborah once again wrote a small town story, including warmth and humor. 

The characters, at once, became part of me and I easily identified with the heartaches, problems, failures, challenges and joys. I actually became part of the Whitman family for a short time. Each has a unique personality and faces their life head on, in their own way, some bravely and others with regret. These people are just as we are, with their flaws  and all. Deborah has a message in her book that comes through loud and clear. God is the ONLY one who can give us unconditional love and will never leave us. You find yourself  wanting to sit these people down, sometimes to throttle them and give them a serious talking to!!Although as in real situations, some would respond positively to advice and others would not!

The plot was thorough , well developed and kept me entranced from the beginning to end. It was one that held some surprises, but at the same time, gave me a good dose of reality and the need for allowing God to take over your life and live HIS plans , not your own. 

This was definitely a five star book!! Am looking forward for the next book by this talented author!

About the author: Deborah Raney'sbooks 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 was provided by Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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