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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (Aug. 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426769695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426769696
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Deborah Raney s first novel, "A Vow to Cherish", was awarded a Silver Angel from Excellence in Media and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the National Readers Choice Award. Raney was also a finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.

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By Kav TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 26 2014
Format: Paperback
Funny and sad and frustrating and perfect in their imperfections -- that's the Whitman family in all their complicated glory. Just like real life. Love the premise -- empty nesters following their dream after all their children are finally settled (and out of the house.) But one comes back on the day of the inn's grand opening and she doesn't show any signs of leaving. Oh the complications and folly -- reading Home to Chicory Lane is like getting a front row seat at the best...and worst...moments in one family's history.

Raney has the uncanny ability of making the reader sympathetic to each character -- even when they are at odds with each other. There I am all righteously indignant on behalf of Landyn and totally on her side, cheering her on. You go, girl. Stand up for yourself. You have rights. And then the very next scene I'm like, seriously, poor Chase, he may be a dunderhead, but I get where he's coming from, poor baby.

And Audrey and Grant find themselves in more than one tenuous position between the start up of the inn and parenting their adult children. There are laugh-out-loud moments and tear-your-hair-out moments and weep-copious-tears-into-your-hankie moments. An all round emotionally satisfying read. Can't wait for the next Chicory Lane installment.

Thanks to the publisher and Litfuse Publicity Group for my review copy of this book.
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Home to Chicory Lane is a wonderful read!! I felt like I was going through all the ups and down right along with this family!! It was so fun to read!! I laughed, I worried, I cried and I loved right along with the story!! Deborah is an amazing author who knows how to write her way into the reader's heart! I loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa820de40) out of 5 stars Loved it! Aug. 25 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In "Home to Chicory Lane", Audrey Whitman is living her dream. Her five kids are grown and have moved out, and Audrey and Grant are busy creating a bed and breakfast out of their family home. All of the kids have come home for the grand opening...all of them except for Landyn and her new husband Chase. So imagine Audrey's surprise when Landyn pulls in the driveway with a big Uhaul trailer, and no Chase in tow.

Unbeknownst to Landyn's parents and siblings, Landyn is home to stay awhile. Only home is not what she remembered and there is no "home" to return to. Only a bed and breakfast with no room for her. Eventually Landyn has to reveal the problems between her and Chase and she comes to the realization that she really does want her marriage to work. She just doesn't know how to forgive her husband.

Can Landyn and Chase look past each other's mistakes and make their marriage work?

I loved this book from the very beginning! It is actually the first book I have read by Deborah Raney but I just couldn't put it down! The book was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next! I'm so excited that it's part of a series, because that means I will get to read more of the Chicory Inn stories!

I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. I rate this book as 5 stars!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa80ad774) out of 5 stars Emotionally satsifying read Aug. 26 2014
By Kav - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Funny and sad and frustrating and perfect in their imperfections -- that's the Whitman family in all their complicated glory. Just like real life. Love the premise -- empty nesters following their dream after all their children are finally settled (and out of the house.) But one comes back on the day of the inn's grand opening and she doesn't show any signs of leaving. Oh the complications and folly -- reading Home to Chicory Lane is like getting a front row seat at the best...and worst...moments in one family's history.

Raney has the uncanny ability of making the reader sympathetic to each character -- even when they are at odds with each other. There I am all righteously indignant on behalf of Landyn and totally on her side, cheering her on. You go, girl. Stand up for yourself. You have rights. And then the very next scene I'm like, seriously, poor Chase, he may be a dunderhead, but I get where he's coming from, poor baby.

And Audrey and Grant find themselves in more than one tenuous position between the start up of the inn and parenting their adult children. There are laugh-out-loud moments and tear-your-hair-out moments and weep-copious-tears-into-your-hankie moments. An all round emotionally satisfying read. Can't wait for the next Chicory Lane installment.

Thanks to the publisher and Litfuse Publicity Group for my review copy of this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa80ad2e8) out of 5 stars Romance, Faith and Family Challenges Nov. 20 2014
By Rebecca B. Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great start to a new Christian fiction series, Deborah Raney's new novel introduces us to the home of the Whitman family. I love the inviting back cover blurb from Deborah’s new book:

WELCOME TO CHICORY INN…
WHERE FAMILY IS (ALMOST)
ALWAYS WELCOME!

An artist with words, skillful with action plots and sustainable interest, Deborah is real, transparent, and approachable. And her books are always family oriented, filled with romance, faith, and often suspense. She doesn’t skirt real issues–whether it involves couples, in-laws, strangers, or sibling rivals.

I first discovered Deborah’s books a couple of years ago and quickly became hooked on her family/faith themes, crafted storytelling, and likable characters, reading as many of her books as I could find and buy. I love the Bed & Breakfast theme in Home to Chicory Lane, and the varied relationships of Chicory Inn owners Audrey and Grant Whitman with their grown children–particularly with youngest daughter, Landyn, a true drama queen. Many can identify with their own involvement in their grown kids’ conflicts, like the Whitmans in Home to Chicory Lane. This couple is definitely pulled into a dilemma when the opening of their remodeled home, now a B & B, coincides with Landyn’s surprise visit–along with her u-haul trailer. But she only leaves her newlywed husband behind; her troubles, she brings with her. Audrey and Grant’s empty nest quickly refills with new challenges.
And whether you identify with that stage of parenthood or not, if you’re a mom, you are definitely acquainted with the word challenges.

As in all of Deborah’s books, I enjoyed the journeys of her characters, and in this book, the up-and-down family “outs” with the Whitmans’ Inn. Home to Chicory Lane may be a little more character-driven than Deborah’s other books, but she keeps the drama and action flowing to a satisfying resolution. I look forward to the second in her series: Two Roads Home

If home is truly where the heart is, I can safely say this author and her books have found a home in my heart. Deborah’s books reflect clearly the One she loves and represents. She’s one of the best, and her books offer clean and wholesome reads without ignoring difficult, heart-stomping, and gritty issues in life.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa80adccc) out of 5 stars Another good Raney read!! Aug. 20 2014
By Paula - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very readable, heart-warming story. There are just a handful of authors whose writing styles enable me to jump right in and enjoy the book without boredom or confusion. Deborah Raney is one of them. This work does not revolve around as dramatic of a theme as some Raney books, but I wasn't expecting it to do so. I love the concept of this series, and I am disappointed it will be next summer before the next one is released! Another good Raney book!
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa80adcb4) out of 5 stars Reads like fairytale fiction March 22 2015
By Frosty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At some point you have to wonder how the characters make it through life, with their attitudes about money.

I can't see anyone, sinking all of their retirement into something as iffy as a B&B. Nor does it make any sense, for this family to suddenly have no place for their own children to stay. Nor would someone who have raised several children and entertained, sound so surprised that running is B&B is nothing like being retired. It is precisely like having endless cooking and laundry to do.

Chase's decision to sublet their apartment and rent a tiny space, without consulting his wife simply makes no sense. No one has suddenly made it in the art world, because they changed their apartment. It is her job that they were living on, and if he is too dumb to have noticed this, she most definitely does not want to be forever stuck with the problems he will bring into their lives!

The outlook for having a marriage where each person is an equal partner is mighty bleak, when one person's impulsive actions are being excused as a voice from God! She should RUN not walk away.

No couple who is earning essentially nothing, can afford to keep a studio in NYC, AND move to Missouri. How could that even be suggested as one of the things they need to decide about?

We hear about Chase selling a couple pieces of art for $1000 each, and then suddenly his art agent tells him he owes $7000 in taxes. I don't think so. They, as a married couple would have needed to earn more then $52,750 for that to be true! Her job would have taken out taxes and his art agent would have no idea what she had earned. Clearly Chase did not suddenly earn over $52,000! Nor would it even BE his agent's concern, what Chase owes the federal government in taxes! Art, as a business, has expenses that are deducted before the profit is known.

Even the opening scene makes no sense. Really hard for one female to move furniture from an apartment and put it into a U-Haul, all by herself.

The scene where Chase is offered $6,500 for their 'worthless' car while getting much less for the 'better' is like a fairy tale. As if it made any sense to drive 2 cars to Missouri just to sell one. (the paperwork ought NOT to be in Missouri, if they were living in NYC, the cars should have been plated in NY)

Naturally their maxed out credit cards are still able to absorb whatever costs spring up on the trips from NY to Missouri.
And the first trip Chase made to Missouri? Was there a point to that?

Somehow, once in Missouri, with twins on the way, hospital bills and neither of them with a paying job, they start work on a commercial building to serve as both home and studio. So again, where is the money coming from? Regardless of many comments that Chase can work anywhere, the entire book seems to be based on the premise that he MUST have a specially rented out studio space. The need for this studio, is not greater than their need for normal housing! Especially as his agent thinks the pen and ink sell best. Chase needs one table....not an entire building to renovate!

Money is the reason the book reads like fairy tale fiction. With her parents worried about the rent on a single room, they certainly aren't able to pay her enough for PR work to support them! No young artist is going to make enough, shipping and selling paintings half way across the country to support them AND renovations!

Saying they know God will provide will not make money fall from the sky. A book full of unbelievable motivations and decisions.


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