Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Home At Last-Deborah Raney-Book Review

About the book (provided by Litfuse)
Home at Last (Abingdon, February 2017)
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?
About the series

About the author  Deborah Raney
Deborah Raney’s novels have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken Raney have traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deb’s novels—for life in the city of Wichita.

And I thought...
Delightful and an intriguing read.  This was my first opportunity to meet Deborah Raney and the cast of the Chicory Inn series. 
I look forward to reading the series. 

This story was not what I expected but I was drawn in and moved by the poignant story that captivated this reader.  
By telling a story about race and inter racial marriage in a way that was honoring to God was a blessing.

The characters were charming and believable.  As each struggle with their own pasts and mistakes in dealing with the subject of acceptance.  

I did enjoy the members of the Whitman family and look forward to reading the previous books in the series.   Home At Last is book 5 in the series and is a stand alone novel. 

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse
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My Reading Journeys and Springtime in Magnolia.

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