Close to Home, Large Print  -     By: Deborah Raney
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Fiction Series
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)
ISBN: 1683241002
ISBN-13: 9781683241003
Series: Chicory Inn

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Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn’t born into Grant and Audrey’s family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim’s family keep her ties to him strong — in the same way she keeps Tim’s memory alive for them. But it’s been almost five years, and she can’t hang onto the past forever.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Adore this series
    August 30, 2016
    Kav
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #4: Close to Home.
    I 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.
  2. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    enjoy the series!
    July 26, 2016
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #4: Close to Home.
    For 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!
  3. Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Close Family
    July 24, 2016
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #4: Close to Home.
    The fourth book in the Chicory Inn series was very interesting reading. The focal point of each book is the Chicory Inn owned and operated by Grant and Audrey Whitman. I love that Grant and Audrey have designated Tuesday evenings as family night when all their grown children with spouses and their children plus Grants mother gather at the inn for dinner and lots of conversation, games, and fellowship. Their oldest son, Timothy, was killed in Afghanistan almost five years ago but his widow, Bree, is treated just like one of the daughters and has been an integral part of the family. Each book has featured a different child. This is Brees story as she starts to realize a co-worker is interested in her. How should she respond? Is she ready for a new relationship? Will she have to give up her relationship with the Whitman family with whom she is closer than her own parents? Bree is in quite a quandary. Grant's mother, known as CeeCee to all the family, plays a role in the book as well, adding to the excitement with what may be the beginnings of dementia and then taking a nasty fall from her porch, breaking both arms in the process. There is never a dull moment in the lives of the Whitman family. I recommend this book as the author shares some wonderful insights into the inner workings of a close knit family.
  4. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Each novel in this series just keeps getting better and better!
    June 23, 2016
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #4: Close to Home.
    When you lose the love of your life, how long will it take before you feel comfortable about dating again, or do you ever? What about the relationships you have built with the family after the death, do you maintain it or simply realize at some point that too will change? These are the questions running through Bree Whitman faces when it has been five years since she lost her Marine husband Tim in Afghanistan. She just can't even begin to imagine what that must be like, even though she is still young enough to begin again. Where does one even start? How will she ever be able to explain that to the Whitman family who feels more like her own family, than her real ones?



    Since she has been on the receiving end of the attentions of her co-worker Aaron, who has expressed more than a passing interest in dating her, Bree just isn't sure what to do, but believes it may be time to see how it might work out with Aaron. While her job permits interoffice dating, she knows if it doesn't work out, it will be very uncomfortable to continue to work together and it may affect her working relationship with clients in the event planning business if her and Aaron can't work together. Still it is a risk she is willing to begin, but when Aaron gets too pushy on what he believes Bree should be willing to do at this point in her grieving process, she begins to wonder if she made a mistake, especially when he wants her to give up her Tuesday night dinners with the Whitman family at the Chicory Inn.

    Drew Brooks find himself laid off from his job and with no prospects within town including with his brother Dallas' company that is at a hiring freeze, he opts to look outside for work in St. Louis. He just didn't expect it would mean giving up being a part of the family with the Whitmans. But since Grant and Audrey's mother, Cee-Cee is dealing with health issues including forgetting things and running the risk of getting injured living alone in her old age, they believe now is the time to begin building her a small cottage in the meadow on the land in which they run the Chicory Inn, a bed and breakfast so they can keep her close but still allow her to live independently. Now that Drew is looking for work, Grant offers him a job working on the cottage with him until he can find a more permanent job. That works out perfectly until he begins to spend Tuesday nights with the Whitmans and finds a friendship with Bree building into something much more more!

    I received Close to Home by Deborah Raney compliments of Net Galley and Abingdon Press for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free eBook of Close To Home in exchange for my unbiased and personal opinion. Since I have read the previous novels, this one was missing and was so glad I got the chance to see how Bree would deal with the loss of her husband Tim. I can only imagine how difficult the situation would be and dealing not only with your own feelings but that of your former spouses as well. This played out so well and I was rooting for Bree and Drew the whole time. I really didn't think she would work out with Aaron since their first interactions. A man who thinks Bree is ready but isn't willing to consider all the aspects of beginning again, certainly isn't worth anyone's time. I would easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and reader's even get a sneak peek at the 5th novel coming soon, Home at Last! Even though these are part of a series, you can read this one just fine, but the back stories of each of them are in subsequent novels including the first one that establishes why Grant and Audrey decided to start a Bed and Breakfast in their home.
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Character driven novel of relationships
    June 20, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for #4: Close to Home.
    The drama of the Whitman family and the Chicory Inn continues in this fourth book in the series. The story centers on Bree, widow of Tim Whitman. While it has been years since he was killed in Afghanistan, Bree is still very much a part of the Whitman family.

    A problem begins when a co-worker wants to date her. Aaron is a good guy but Bree struggles with the concept of dating again. Most of the novel centers on the struggle Bree experiences. Aaron is a Christian but he is a bit pushy. He just can't understand why Bree still wants to be a part of the family of her dead husband.

    This novel is a character study. It deals with issues like how long one should wait after the death of a spouse before dating again. It also explores Bree's relationships with the Whitmans, who feel like family, and her own parents, with whom she is somewhat alienated. Another issue is breaking up a dating relationship and how that is done well.

    I love the way Raney develops the characters. Even though Aaron was a nice guy, he came across as controlling and jealous. I was hoping Bree would see him that way and break up with him. On the other hand, well, I won't spoil the story other than to say Bree certainly had a better option.

    This is a good novel about family relationships, how they are formed and sustained. The Whitman family is a special one, with genuine love for each other, even the in-law Bree. I recommend it to those who enjoy a character driven novel. Since the characters have their stories told in the earlier books in the series, they should be read before this fourth one.

    There is a good discussion guide included.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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