Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Close To Home by Deborah Raney

  • Series: A Chicory Inn Novel (Book 4)
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (June 7, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1426770464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426770463


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.

Fighting the guilt she feels for wanting to love again, she can't help her dreams about a tall, dark, and handsome man--a 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 hero's very alive family who seem to hold some spell over the woman who shares their name . . . a woman he might just love?

I decided to stay indoors today as it was over 100 degrees where I live so when I had a break this afternoon I jumped at the chance to read Close To  Home  by Deborah Raney. I curled up in my favorite reading chair and lost myself in the pages of this novel.  

Close to Home is the 4th book in The Chicory Inn series.  I  spent this afternoon laughing, crying and cheering Bree and the Whitman family on as I progressed through the story. By the end of the book, I had a big smile on my face and a warmth in my heart that comes from reading  a  really good book.

What did I like the most? How Ms. Raney has the ability to create characters so real they truly feel like friends you  know and love to hang out with. She also builds a realistic world, great characters and weaves in real life issues/struggles for her characters to experience, learn from and overcome. 

Ms. Raney is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading more of her work!  

5 Stars

Thank you to Abingdon Press and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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