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Shayla is a multiracial woman who has carefully managed to live in two worlds. She now cares for her young niece Portia and owns the "Coffee's on" bakery shop in town. Link Whitman is the last of his siblings to marry. He helps his parents run the Chicory Inn. One icy morning, Link almost runs Portia over when she runs out into the street. Sparks fly when Shayla and Link meet. Will they be able to overcome society's views on a multiracial relationship and find true love?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Chicory Inn
Link Whitman has settled into the role of bachelor without ever intending to. Now hes stuck in a dead-end job and, as the next Whitman wedding fast approaches, he is the last one standing. The pressure from his sisters efforts to play matchmaker is getting hard to bear as Link pulls extra shifts at work, and helps his parents at the Chicory Inn.
All her life, Shayla Michaels has felt as if she straddled two worlds. Her mother's white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn't repeat in politewell, in any company. Her fathers family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerrys incarceration, life has left Shayla's father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn't people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts?
Everything changes one icy morning when a child runs into the street and Link nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with the little girls aunt, Shayla, the beautiful woman who runs Coffees On, the bakery in Langhorne. Can Shayla and Link overcome societys view of their differences and find true love? Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Do I have to say goodbye?!March 23, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am really going to miss my visits to the Chicory Inn. I have enjoyed getting to know the Whitman family and see the different challenges each one faces or has faced in their life. They look like the perfect family from the outside, but this family has known loss and what it means to be broken. They've fought for their family relationships and have remained close through the storms.
Deborah Raney did a wonderful job addressing the racial tensions throughout this book. I wasn't expecting this book to address that topic, but I'm so glad it did. It was interesting to see Shayla's perspective as she has to bridge the gap between two worlds. On top of that, she's dearly missing her mom as she's now left taking care of her entire family.
Link doesn't think twice about his new relationship, except in terms that the girl he's interested in is raising her niece. He's a bit surprised when he finds that he has to address some racial comments and actions that have been thrown at his new girlfriend. Not only that, but Shayla's dad isn't too fond that Link is the man Shayla has become interested in.
There's a lot going against this new relationship. It's interesting to watch the different barriers that must be crossed and the different conversations that must be had that are uncomfortable for some.
Might I hope for some sort of Chicory Inn Reunion or a spinnoff?!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Loraine4 Stars Out Of 5I was left with hope for the future. Good story.March 22, 2017LoraineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0It is not often that a contemporary Christian author takes on such a hot topic as racial prejudice and that made me intrigued to read this book. I thought the author wrote about the subject in real and beautiful terms. Watching Link and Shayla navigate the waters of public opinion made for a really good story. It was one that left me with hope for the future. Full review at my website. Note: I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Great SeriesMarch 21, 2017MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Delightful and an intriguing read. This was my first opportunity to meet Deborah Raney and the cast of the Chicory Inn series.
I look forward to reading the series.
This story was not what I expected but I was drawn in and moved by the poignant story that captivated this reader.
By telling a story about race and inter racial marriage in a way that was honoring to God was a blessing.
The characters were charming and believable. As each struggle with their own pasts and mistakes in dealing with the subject of acceptance.
I did enjoy the members of the Whitman family and look forward to reading the previous books in the series. Home At Last is book 5 in the series and is a stand alone novel.
I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse
CherylB19874 Stars Out Of 5WonderfulMarch 21, 2017CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Home at Last is book 5 in the A Chicory Inn series by Deborah Raney. Deborah has written another book that is so wonderful. I didnt want to put this book down is was that good. This story is full of love, faith, trust, heartache, and pain. Grab a glass of sweet tea and a few tissues as you kick back and enjoy this most wonderful book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars!
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5Truly HomeMarch 21, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Home at Last is a story about what it means to love and be loved no matter what. This is the fifth book in the series about the Whitman family and this one is about Link Whitman who falls for Shayla Michaels. There is quite a bit of challenges that stand in the way for this couple and not least of all is that Shayla has a black father and she had a white mother. Already experiencing prejudice from her own family, white and black, Shayla does not hold out much hope for her happily ever after. Until Link. Link pursues her because of who she is, not her color. He doesn't really see that and not until they have a few dates does he realize what he may be up against. Not only that but there are a few other obstacles that he needs to get past that are a little bit more unsettling for him instead of the color of her skin.
This is a contemporary read that really shows that there is still prejudice in regards to people of mixed races still face. Not really fitting into either world can seem daunting and harrowing. And can be a very lonely existence. I like that Link and his family showed her acceptance and love, and viewed her relationship with Jesus as the most important instead of where she came from. I think though the biggest obstacle in Shayla's life was herself and how she put labels of unworthiness and pity on her own self. If we could but glimpse the way God sees us. I liked how this novel showed realistically the extra challenges that a interracial couple may face.
I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions are my own.