Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Blog Tour: Home At Last by Deborah Raney

Home At Last focuses on Link Whiteman, Grant and Audrey's son. It is the fifth book in the Chicory Inn series. Link is the last sibling of his family that is unmarried. He has not been in a hurry to find the woman of his dreams but he does have it on his mind. He is drawn to a mixed racial woman named Shayla. She helps her dad operate a bakery. But there is also a little girl in the picture. Although Shayla doesn't have a wedding ring on her finger, he wonders what the connection is between her and the little girl. He runs into some hard times with Shayla, both before and after he gets to know her better. Those hard times could potentially destroy anything good or maybe even help make the relationship become stronger.

I like how this book shows that couples of mixed races are more accepted in our world today than they have been in the past. Even though Shayla is of mixed race her skin is brown, which I think makes her look more like a full African American. I like how Link found a list he wrote in his younger days of the qualities that he wanted in his future bride. I love how even though that it seemed like Shayla didn't have a friend in the world that Link didn't let that bother him and brought a lot more love into her world from himself and his family.

One part of the story I didn't like as well as the rest is when Link's dad was expressing how he felt about Shayla and a part of him was glad she wasn't divorced. I didn't like that because a lot of people in this world can't help they are divorced, either it was forced on them or the circumstances in the marriage were so hard (maybe life threatening) they might of felt the only way for them was to get a divorce.

I really liked how Link and Shayla's relationship showed the true colors of the Whitman family. In my opinion, this story did a really great job of bringing out Link's story while bringing the rest of the Whitman family into the story that were highlighted in previous books of this book series.

Not only did I fall in love with the Chicory Inn series but my mother did too! She read all five books in the series! It reaches out to many different generations!

My review- 4.75 out of 5 stars

I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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More 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?

About the author:

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.

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Deborah Raney's 'Home at Last' Facebook Party and Blog Tour

Conclude Deborah Raney's Chicory Inn novels with the final book, Home at Last, a story of acceptance, trying to overcome differences, and love. Everything changes for bachelor Link Whitman one icy morning when a child runs into the street and he nearly hits her with his pickup-and then the girl's aunt Shayla enters Link's life. 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?

Join Deborah on Thursday, March 23, for a live author chat party in her Facebook group with fun prizes to be won! Click the graphic below for more details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there-bring a friend or two who loves to read!


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