Sunday, September 7, 2014

Home to Chicory Lane, by Deborah Raney (Book 1, A Chicory Inn Novel) {a book review}

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?

What I thought of the book

This was an enjoyable and fun read. I've always liked the idea of owning/operating a bed and breakfast, so this was especially an attraction in this story for me.

I can relate most with Audrey and Grant, the joys and even heart aches of parenting young adult children. There were times I felt rather frustrated with Landyn and Chase as they crisscrossed the country in somewhat self-centered fashion, perhaps because it mirrors my occasional frustration with my own young-adult children. But it's good to see the growth and maturity Chase and Landyn gain throughout this story.

Looking forward to reading more in the Chicory Inn series!

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy on Deborah’s website.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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