Author Deborah Raney has been one of my very favorite authors for quite a while, and I am never disappointed in her books. HOME TO CHICORY LANE was a delight to read and now I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series. The Whitman family is true-to-life, and their problems and obstacles are also realistic. How I'd love to visit the family's Bed & Breakfast (if it wasn't fictional)! With joy, sorrow, and enough conflict to keep me wanting to know what happens next, Deborah Raney's style of writing is a pleasure to read. FIVE STARS!!
I had already read the second book in the series, which I enjoyed very much, so wanted to go back and read the first book. This series is about a family with adult children and grandchildren. Each book features different family members as the main characters, with the other family members playing secondary roles.
This first book tells about the forays of empty nesters, Audrey and Grant Whitman, into the bed and breakfast business. I laughed at many of the scenes. Those were enough to convince me that I dont have the patience to be in the business, though I have enjoyed my own experiences in staying at lovely bed and breakfast inns.
The family dynamics in the Chicory Inn novels is heartwarming and entertaining, often reflecting real life situations. Im a little skeptical about the financial figures that were complicating the lives of Landyn and Chase. Perhaps, some figures were edited out of the story, but it didnt sound realistic that Chase would owe the tax amount that was mentioned. Other than that, I think the story seems quite believable.
I really like the spiritual slant in the lives of these characters, especially the wise words of CeeCee, the matriarch of the family, when she was talking to Chase. If theres one thing Ive learned, its that God rarely works in ways that make sense to us while theyre happening.
The biggest part of the story focuses on the relationship of Landyn and Chase, who are newly-weds of only 6 months. If you enjoy Christian romance, I think you will enjoy their story. If you gravitate toward contemporary fiction about families, I recommend the Chicory Inn novels.
I did not know what to expect when starting to read Home to Chicory Lane, but I was not disappointed. Deborah Raney now has me hooked. I will be reding more of her books. I did not have any problems following the story or the characters. Audrey and Grant have spent most of their saving on their home remodeling it into a bed and breakface, Chicory Inn, this is a new start for both of them .Opening day is a big success with family and friends. Driving up the drive way was their daughter, Landyn, driving her car and pulling a trailer . What is going on, where is Chase, her husband of six months. Landyn is a little upset about some of the changes to her old home. Now Grant and Audrey have more worries beside the Inn. What would send their daughter home without her husband , Chase ? Where will they put her. The guest are being toured through the Inn. Home to Chicory Lane main characters are Landyn and Chase. It is a very long ways from New York to Missouri. I fell in love with these two and felt sorry for both of them. I wanted to tell them to stop and grow up. A few times I caught myself saying NO NO and tears in my eyes. Will things work out for Audrey and Grant with their new Inn. What will happen between Landyn and Chase.
Faith is the main theme in Home to Chicory Lane.
I was given a copy of this book and was not told That I had to give a positive review
A STORY ABOUT A GODLY FAMILY.....WITH A FEW PROBLEMS!
September 11, 2014
Age: Over 65
Empty nesters Audrey and Grant Whitman have raised their five children in a stately home just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Each book in the Chicory Inn Series will focus on one of their children the first being Landyn Whitman Spencer, the baby of the family. This heartwarming story begins with the excitement and tension of opening weekend of the Chicory Inn. It was Audreys dream of renovating the home built by her grandparents over a hundred years ago into a bed and breakfast. Her husband Grant, now retired, had been a bit averse to sinking most of his retirement into the project, but did so without grumbling much because after all.Audrey had grown up in this houseand he lovingly gave Audrey her way.
The Inn was completely filled by reservations and Audrey was having opening day jitters. It did not help that Corrine arrived toting fussy baby Simone. Simone was teething, and Corrine did not want daddy Jesse to deal with that. Corrine cut in that her dad could watch Simone if need be. Her excuse was irritating to Audrey and she pushed down her resentment, even when Simone wiped her nose on Audreys apple green jacket and Corrine laughed saying Well, at least it matches. Corrine then dabbed Simones nose with a tissue which made her screech like a banshee causing the dog Huckleberry to come running and barking. Deborah Raneys prose is transparent and humorous initiating my attention to be held captive from the first page.
Little do Audrey and Grant suspect their stress level has only begun. Daughter Landyn Whitman Chase is pulling a U-Haul trailer from New York City arriving home at an ill-timed moment with no explanation. She does have valid reason to herself anyway as to why she has come home. Landyn and Chase have been married a mere six months and Chase made a rash decision without discussing it with her no less. He had let their apartment on the Upper West Side be sublet, rented a fleabag studio apartment in Brooklyn because God was leading him in this way to further his art career. This made no sense to Landynshe had much to think about including a bit of information she was withholding from Chase. I had better stop right here and let you read the story for yourself.
Deborah Raneys plot was well rounded with heartaches to joys. I could identify easily with Audrey as a mother. As I read through the book I could relate to each side of conflicts. If you are ready to laugh and cry, then read this lovely story about family life based on Godly principles. Ms. Raney writes realistic drama with deep feeling and wisdom. This is the first book by Deborah Raney I have readand it will not be the last. I dont want to hurry a great writer.she needs time to develop her stories with aplomb and eloquence. I will be patient and waitkeeping my ears and eyes open for the next novel about the Whitman family. Who will be in trouble next?
"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."
I want to live in this house... well, inn. I love the picture of this house. It set a perfect stage in my mind for where so much of the story took place.
The story doesn't take long to develop at all. Within the first few chapters, the stage is set and the reader is introduced to the conflict that makes up much of the book. Audrey and Grant are finally opening their inn. They have poured themselves into it and have completely remodeled. Even the kids don't recognize their own home!
Landyn and Chase are the ones that most of the conflict lies around. Landon wants to protect Chase's name and reputation with her parents and is willing to take more blame than she probably should as to why she has come home. Chase has bought into a dream that may or may not become a reality. However, it was a decision that he neglected to consider his new wife's feelings that led to huge problems.
So in the middle of opening and running their new inn, Audrey and Grant are now trying to figure out what happened to Landyn and how they may be of help.
I liked seeing the conflict between newlyweds and how they dealt with it. So many people think newlywed life is bliss. It can be, but there is so much you learn in your first year of marriage. I liked the honest look into this stage of their life. I look forward to more things that will be discussed in her future books.
I received this book free from Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.