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Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis from the back of the book:

Now that their five kids are out of the house, Audrey and Grant Whitman have spent most of their retirement funds turning their beloved family home into Chicory Inn, a fifty-five-hundred-square-foot bed and breakfast near the charming town of Langhorne, Missouri.

With opening weekend upon them, the inn is full of love and best wishes from friends and family. What could go wrong? That is exactly what Audrey wonders — until she sees her newly wed youngest daughter, Landyn, arrive from New York, pulling a trailer behind her, and no husband in tow.

Suddenly, the inn is a bigger job than either Grant or Audrey anticipated. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where is Landyn’s husband, Chase? And can Chicory Inn survive all this excitement?

My review:

What a good start to this series about the Whitman family. I really enjoyed that the family were real people with real faults and problems, and yet, the love that a family should have for one another was prevalent. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Audrey and Grant Whitman are empty nesters who follow Audrey’s dream of serving others as a Bed and Breakfast owner. I enjoyed Audrey and Grant’s obvious love for each other and their interaction as a long married couple. I also liked that Grant truly supported his wife in this new chapter of their lives.

Much of this story focused on their youngest daughter, Landyn, and the problems that she and her husband struggled with. They were newly married and learning how to navigate their new marriage. There were a few times when I wanted to shake both of them for their stubborn ways, but that was part of their growth. I guess I could better sympathize with Landyn’s parents.

The amount of people and new names at the beginning of this book made it a little difficult to get into initially, but once the story became focused on the main characters, I had no problem turning the pages. It was a good read.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Normal family struggles with a strong faith message.

What I didn’t like about this book:

The immaturity of Landyn was irritating at times, particularly when she was arguing with her parents.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  I would. I found it to be an enjoyable read. This is the first book in the Chicory Inn series. I’m looking forward to reading the other books.

Note: I received this book in a giveaway. 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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