Sunday, September 7, 2014

Home to Chicory Lane Book Review & Tour

About the Book:
Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.

Home to Chicory LaneAudrey 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?

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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.

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My Thoughts:
Home to Chicory Lane gives readers the rare glimpse inside two generations at once. Told in a fabulous way without those pesky flashbacks that always seem to keep readers guessing, this story reaches more than just one group of readers.

Grant and Audrey have remodeled their old family home into a beautiful bed and breakfast in an effort to stave off feeling too empty after the last of their children gets married. I very much enjoyed how, while not always seeing eye to eye, this older couple were willing to work out their differences and compromise on various issues. I loved how they clicked and fit together as a couple and as parents. It was apparent they still loved each other and were happy to be together. Being on the cusp of becoming empty nesters, I was glad to see a story of happy survival and purpose.

Now, meet their youngest daughter, Landyn and her husband Chase. This part of the story was more difficult for me to enjoy primarily because of an intense dislike of Landyn who seemed to be a very big annoying drama queen that couldn't find it in herself to do for others, no matter how much they went out of their way to help her. However, I understood her side of the issue. It was the way she handled herself in the subsequent scenes that irked me. I do have to admit though, that as time went on, I didn't find her as frustrating and I began to like her more. I liked seeing the growth of her character and even could see how this was an honest portrayal of newlyweded children. All in all, I enjoyed this book, especially Ms. Raney's character development, and will be happy to read more from this author.

My thanks to the publisher for giving me a copy if this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not required they be positive.

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