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Close to Home, by Deborah Raney
Bree Cordel Whitman’s late husband Timothy gave his life in Afghanistan for his country. It’s almost five years later and she still feels a strong tie to Tim’s family. How long can she hang onto the past? When the handsome Drew Brooks flirts with her, she wonders if getting involved with him will send the Whitman family grieving again. How can Drew compete with this honorable man and a family who holds onto this new woman in his life?
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Chicory Inn
Fighting the guilt she feels for wanting to love again, she cant help her dreams about a tall, dark, and handsome mana man who is not her Tim. How can she accept the flirtations from Drew Brooks without throwing the Whitman family back into grieving? And how can Drew compete with the ghost of a hero and the heros very alive family who seem to hold some spell over the woman who shares their name . . . a woman he might just love?
Loraine5 Stars Out Of 5My favorite book of this seriesMarch 15, 2017LoraineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Okay, 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 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.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Close to HomeMarch 4, 2017Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, CLOSE TO HOME is I think my favorite of all the books in this series so far. I absolutely LOVED Drew. He is a doll, hardworking, and so entirely sweet. I did NOT like the man she was seeing at work, I couldn't believe Bree stuck with him so long. He started getting possessive and making her apologize for everything.
I have read all the books in this series so far, and do recommend reading them in order (Home to Chicory Lane, Two Roads Home, Another Way Home, and Close to Home) as the stories are very closely tied together. I can't wait to read Home At Last (review tomorrow) which I'm starting tonight (this is written a week earlier than date posted).
I have read all of Ms. Raney's books so far (a loyal fan) and was so happy to get a chance to read this series. I can't wait for her next series.
Bree is sweet and Drew is a doll. I'm concerned for Cee-Cee and need ot know what happens to her. Don't miss CLOSE TO HOME.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love AgainFebruary 19, 2017CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Deborah Raney always writes winners! You will ache for Bree, the widow of the Whitman's son who was killed in Afghanistan, as she decides it is time to move on with her life. The Whitmans face troubles like everyone else but love and faith in God win. I have enjoyed each of the Chicory Inn books and Close to Home was no exception.
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5Adore this seriesAugust 30, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I adore the Whitman family and am thrilled with this latest installment of A Chicory Inn Novel series. This is the fourth book and there's still one more to come (yay!) No worries if you haven't read any of the other books -- Close to Home reads perfectly fine as a standalone but I enjoyed the extra insider knowledge I have about the characters from having read the first three.
This is one crazy large, multi-generational and opinionated family. Audrey and Grant are running a bed and breakfast out of their family home now that the kids have all moved out. But that doesn't mean they've stopped keeping tabs on everyone from the youngest grandchild to Grant's 85 year-old mother. I love this couple -- the ease of their relationship and the way they face life's challenges with grace and humour (for the most part.) And we get a few scenes from their perspective in Bree's story which is an extra bonus as far as I'm concerned.
Raney has captured the turmoil that comes from moving on after a spouse's death. Honestly, my stomach was in knots more times than Bree's was as I followed her nail-biting foray into the dating world. After five years of widowhood, twenty-eight year old Bree suddenly finds herself entertaining the idea of falling in love. It's complicated and angsty and there are plenty of twists and turns as she finds herself attracted to two very different men.
And while Bree is grappling over how a new romance might affect her position as an 'adopted' daughter in the Whitman family, they all must come to terms with Grandma Cece's encroaching dementia. Raney captures the stresses and joys of this faith-filled family to sweet perfection.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5enjoy the series!July 26, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For those not familiar with this series we are introduced to the Whitman family who are the central characters to the novels. The series novels start with Home to Chicory Lane, followed by Two Roads Home, Another Way Home and now Close to Home. There is to be a fifth and final novel in the series titled, Home at Last, but I have no knowledge right now of when it will be released.
In each novel, a member of the Whitman family is highlighted and then their individual story is told within the folds of the larger and extended Whitman family. Here the character focus is on Bree who was married to Timothy Whitman when he was killed in action over in Afghanistan. Its been almost five years since she lost him and now perhaps she thinks she might be ready to enter the social scene again and perhaps marry someday.
While this is occurring, Grant Whitman, who is the father of the family, has a mother, Cece, who is starting to show signs of dementia. Along with life happening in the other adult siblings life and running Chicory Inn, Bree is struggling in her first relationship with a coworker, Aaron. However, it becomes apparent to Bree over a couple of weeks that she and Aaron arent exactly matching up well in the dating arena. Now Bree is contemplating her next move and hoping her job wont come to an end because of her decision to date a coworker.
Each novel for me has been a thrill to read. The story takes on a life of its own and it is very easy to get lost into this world of fiction. There are things that happen in the Whitman family that are both good and trying. I love the themes of romance, family togetherness, time made for extended family to gather weekly, and faith. Deborah Raney crafted her characters to appear lifelike and my heart was touched several times during the reading of the tale. Each book has been a pure delight for me to read, review and share with you. I look forward to the last novel with bittersweet emotions, sweet as the books have been so heartwarming and bitter because it will be the last book of the series.
I hope before the final book is released that you have a chance to read each novel and be prepared to enter into the Whitman family home one more time before moving on to whatever the author pens next for her readers!