{review} Home To Chicory Lane

{I received this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and a good review was no guaranteed.}

About the book:

Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.

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 thoughts:

Home To Chicory Lane was a charming story of a seemingly perfect family.  But once the layers start to peel back, we see that nothing apart from God is perfect and even the Whitman's have their problems. Deborah Raney's writing style is comfortable and easy to read. The imagery in the book - from the streets of New York City to the countryside in Missouri - is wonderful. It was fun to imagine opening a bed and breakfast, with all the details and determination that goes into it. I thought that part of the book was really interesting to read!

Home To Chicory Lane is pleasant to read, but I never felt grabbed by the story. The drama was a bit childish to me. I just wanted to shake Landyn's shoulders and tell her to grow up several times in the book. Although the characters were realistic and the writing pleasant, I don't think I will be reading any more books in this series.