Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney
Home to Chicory Lane is the 1st book in Raney’s Chicory Inn Novels series. The series focuses on the Whitman family, and this title features Landyn (Whitman) Spencer and husband Chase. I absolutely love that the family house turned Chicory Inn is shown on the cover of this book. Upon seeing the cover, I was immediately transported to this Missouri bed and breakfast, and my stay couldn’t have been better! While I was so pleased with the picture of the inn, I was left wondering about some of the characters. I especially had a hard time picturing Audrey, the mother of the Whitman family. While we know her youngest child is 23 years old, I don’t think we’re ever told anything about her own age. I wasn’t sure if she’d have gray hair or brown, if she was in her 50’s or 60’s. That being said, I very much loved the characters. Landyn is annoying at times, and I think that’s so we’re able to see her growth throughout the story. It’s really neat seeing two very different places in one novel (Missouri and New York) both from the vantage point of someone who lives there, not through a tourist’s eyes. I found that unique and satisfying. Raney’s story illustrates God’s plan and perfect timing. Though we cannot see the endgame from the beginning, God knows what He’s doing. I was a little miffed at the typos toward the end of the book, but there’s not much else to complain about. Bonus: there’s a sample of the next book in the series at the end of this one! I highly recommend Home to Chicory Lane to fans of Christian Family Fiction, Christian Romance, and books featuring an inn or B&B.
UPDATE: I just found pictures of the author’s inspiration for the main characters here. Now I can picture all of them as she intended!
We’re just–imperfect people trying to follow a perfect God.
Home to Chicory Lane || Book 1, A Chicory Inn Novel
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.
Deborah Raney also wrote one of my all-time favorite books, Playing by Heart. She wrote an updated and expanded version of the book and it released earlier this year as A January Bride, part of the multi-authored series A Year of Weddings. I hope you’ll check out her work!!
*I received this book free from LitFuse in exchange for an honest review.