Monday, March 20, 2017

Home At Last by Deborah Raney

  • Series: A Chicory Inn Novel (Book 5)
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 21, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1426770480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426770487


Link Whitman has settled into the role of bachelor without ever intending to. Now he's 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 polite--well, in any company. Her father's family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry's 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 girl's aunt, Shayla, the beautiful woman who runs Coffee's On, the bakery in Langhorne. 

Can Shayla and Link overcome society's 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?

I have truly enjoyed reading the Chickory Inn Novel series. Home At Last is the 5th and final book so I felt like I was saying good-bye to dear friends as I read it. Bittersweet but oh, such a wonderful book!

This book brings the story of the Whitman family full circle. It is an endearing romantic story full of faith, joy, family, overcoming challenges and well, life! Ms. Raney truly knows how to write a story and characters that come to life as her story unfolds making you wish they were your friends and neighbors.  

Planning your Spring or Summer reading? Add them in or better yet- read them any time of the year. 

Home At Last  and the entire series is well worth the reading!  

5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Abingdon Press, Ms. Raney and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

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