Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Litfuse Review: Home To Chicory Lane by:Deborah Raney

Home to Chicory Lane (Chicory Inn #1)
About the Book:
Audrey Whitman s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she s pulling makes it clear she s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn's husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

About the Author:
Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deborah on the web at DeborahRaney.com.

My Review:
 I have always wanted to visit a bed and breakfast, but have never been able to do so. It has been a dream of mine since I was a child. The Whitman's are turning their home into one, because it has also been a lifelong dream. Their five children have all grown and gone&it just seems like it is time for these empty-nesters to do all those things that they have wanted to do all these years.

 Audrey is very nervous about opening weekend and all the reactions it will bring as well as the patrons that will be led their way. But when Audrey's daughter arrives with a U-haul attached to her vehicle this could mean trouble for the dream yet realized or does it?

 The author has laid before us a very simple storyline with added conflict. It isn't just a simple, whimsical story. Its words involve people that seem like our neighbors but that have true problems in their lives, just like we all do. It is a sweet, simple story that leads us back home!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.