Monday, September 15, 2014

Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney

About the Book:

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:

I love when my favorite authors craft a series around a family of characters.  This is a first for Deborah Raney, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in her new series, set around a bed-and-breakfast inn.

"Home to Chicory Lane" captures the Whitman family just as the new family venture gets off the ground.  Now that the kids are moving on, Audrey has persuaded her husband to plunge their savings into remodeling the family home and opening a new business.

Grant is on board, but the unexpected return of their newly married daughter throws a serious wrench into his retirement plans.  Lots of confusion ensues as Landyn tries to figure out what she wants from life.

I kept wanting to shout "a little late now, doncha think?" when the newlywed came towing a U-Haul trailer home.  But even though she got on my 'mother's last nerve', Landyn grew on me, and by the end of the story I was cheering for her.

While this wasn't my favorite Raney novel, I'm willing to hang in there for the rest of the series.  My thanks to my friends at Abingdon Press for my advance copy in exchange for an honest review.  Mildly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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