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Close to Home by Deborah Raney | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

Bree Cordel Whitman became part of the Whitman family the moment she said “I do” to her husband, Timothy. Tragically, five years ago, Timothy was killed in Afghanistan, and Bree’s in-laws Grant and Audrey were her biggest support throughout the tragedy — and still are.

When her co-worker Aaron Jakes begins pursuing her, Bree feels the rekindling of feelings she hasn’t felt for so long. But she fights guilt, knowing that accepting a new man’s love would naturally cut her ties to the beloved Whitman family. After all, what type of man would tolerate her having such a close relationship with her late husband’s family?

When another man shows his interest, Bree feels even more troubled. There are two good men wanting to woo her heart — but neither of them are Tim. Bree knows she can’t hang on to the past forever, but how can she keep the Whitman family and move toward finding love again?

My review:

Okay, I know I said that the previous book in this series was my favorite, but it has now been usurped by this one. I so enjoyed reading Bree’s story. From what I knew of her from the previous novels, I was sure that I would love her and I did. This was such a good story about moving on from tragedy. Not just one man, but two forcing her heart to beat again.

I loved Bree. What was not to love? Sweet, compassionate, and loyal. She was so young to have lost her husband and to make matters worse, he was a hero to his family and her. What a thing for another man to live up to. She wants to move on but is afraid that she will lose the Whitman family whom she is very close to. I think that would make anyone cautious about entering into a serious relationship and I felt for her all the way.

Now I can’t say too much about the men vying for Bree’s affections, because I don’t want to give anything away. I can say that she absolutely ended up with the right one. He was an admirable man and I felt if anyone could compete with her late husband’s ghost, it would be him.

You are going to have to read it to find out who it is. 🙂

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The struggle of a young widow finding love again.

What I didn’t like about this book:


My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  You bet. This book is my favorite of the series and I love the way this author represents normal faith filled people. This is the fourth book in the Chicory Inn series. It is a standalone book, although I would recommend reading the previous books so that you will fall in love with Bree from the start.

Note: I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour for the final book in this series. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Deborah Raney, author website



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