Landyn, married less than six months, runs back to her parents’ place with a U-Haul in tow, crashing the opening celebrations of her parents’ new bed and breakfast, Chicory Inn. Her parents, Audrey and Grant, are stretched to the limit financially and emotionally by Audrey’s dream of an inn. Her husband Chase, a fairly new Christian, stumbles through the interrelated challenges of working with his artistic talents, leading his new family, and obeying God.
Author Deborah Raney has woven a compelling story of these four people and God, and all that happens as Landyn matures and Chase grows into his role.
Long road trips, wonderful siblings, hilarious communication mistakes, an art agent, a devastating storm, and much more combine to make Home to Chicory Lane a memorable novel. The most memorable aspects, though, are the deep love of Audrey and Grant for each other and their children, the growth of both Landyn and Chase, and the relationship between the two couples.
Beyond the exciting story, this novel talks about many different kinds of relationships: those involving husband and wife, parents and children, siblings, in-laws, mentors, grandparents, and especially Christians and God. It is both fun and insightful and I am very glad I read it.
After posting my review I read a review from a man’s perspective. He pointed out that because portions of the book is written from Chase’s point of view, it is definitely interesting to men as well and could be given to newly-weds to help them understand marriage, whether or not they have problems.
A giveaway celebrating this new series is available below.
This is yet another book in the in the 2014 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge and is also linked to Saturday Reviews, Works for Me Wednesdays, Booknificent Thursdays, and Raising Homemakers.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from LitFuse. My opinions are my own and I and am not compensated for this review in any way.
“The first book in Deborah Raney
‘s new Chicory Inn series, Home to Chicory Lane
, introduces us to Audrey Whitman, a mother who has launched all her children into life and now looks forward to fulfilling some of her own dreams during her empty-nest years.” In this first book we see that Landyn is not quite ready to stay out of the nest. Landyn’s siblings are an interesting bunch, too, and I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.
“Deborah is celebrating the release of her new Chicory Inn series with a $200 B&B Weekend Getaway and a Facebook author chat party.” For more information and to enter the giveaway, click on the picture above.