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?
The Books in the Series
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.
From page one, Deborah Raney pulls readers into her novel, Home at Last. Raney writes from the heart, bringing the raw emotions of her characters and their stories to life and touching the core emotions of her readers. This story speaks of the hard challenges in life, but how friendship, family, and love can help us pull through. Raney also takes on a challenge by including racial prejudice in her beautifully-written and heart-wrenching story. In this novel, readers will come to love the main characters, Link Whitman and Shayla Michaels and their special and budding relationship. Home at Last brings the Chicory Inn Series to a close. Readers are definitely going to miss this series. I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy contemporary fiction.
Series: Chicory Inn
Genre: contemporary, romance, Christian
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: February 21, 2017
Number of pages: 352
Content Rating: PG
Book Rating: 5 stars
Other books in the series:
1-Home to Chicory Lane
2-Two Roads Home
3-Another Way Home
4-Close to Home
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via LitFuse. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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