Thursday, March 9, 2017
Litfuse Review: Home At Last by:Deborah Raney
About the Book:
Why did their differences matter so much?
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?
They say that love finds you when you aren't looking for it. I guess you can say that is what happened to Link Whitman ans Shayla Michaels. Link is all about concentrating on his work at the Chicory Inn that his parents own. He is a dedicated life long bachelor and he is okay with that or so it seems. That is until he meets Shayla.
Shayla has led a life full of rejection. When you are a mixed kid in a racial type society, I imagine it can get even worse for you since you are neither write nor black. So Shayla has a lot of pain and anger that goes along with all that rejection. It is hard for her to open up and love anyone when she struggles with loving herself, just the way God has made her.
The two of them have to come to grips with society's judgement of their relationship and get past it so that they can love without reservation. They must forgive others and their comments towards the love they feel so that they can grow in their love towards one another.
Deborah Raney writes a humdinger of a final episode to this series. Great writing! Thorough research along with a fascinating story line make this a fantastic series. I loved it!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.