Precious In His Sight
Home At Last by Deborah Raney is a contemporary Christian romance and the fifth book in the Chicory Inn series but can be read as a stand-alone. It has been a marvellous series and I have really enjoyed it. It has been wonderful to follow the fortunes of the Whitman family siblings throughout.
The novel has a wonderful air of concern and kindness that permeates throughout. The reader can ‘feel’ the love that extends through the families in the book. As a parent I can identify with the feelings of Shay’s father. His need to protect, even though his daughter is in her thirties. One never stops being a parent.
Close To Home by Deborah Raney is the fourth book in the Chicory Inn series but can be read as a stand-alone. It is a contemporary Christian novel with a wonderful inclusive family feel to it. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the Whitman family once more.
There are many themes within the novel including that of moving on. Life never stands still but for widowed Bree she finds herself torn – her love for husband marine Tim keeps her held in limbo versus her desire for marriage and a family. Bree is still young but to move on feels like a betrayal to Tim.
Likewise time is moving on for grandmother CeCe. She is not as young as she was but still fiercely independent. Her family see changes in her and want to help but CeCe fights to maintain her independence.
A Search For Peace
Finally Home by Deborah Raney is a Christian novella set in America 1972 during the Vietnam war.
Brian returns from Nam in a wheelchair. His parents alter their huge house to accommodate his needs, hire a physical therapist and then disappear to Columbia. “If money could buy a miracle, he was home free.” Brian’s parents have everything money can buy. However money cannot buy health or good relationships.
Kathy is Brian’s therapist and she believes in him. She works with him and encourages him. She is balm to his wounded body and soul. But Kathy is hiding a secret.
A Roller Coaster of Emotions
Another Way Home by Deborah Raney is the third book in the Chicory Inn series, although it can be read as a stand-alone. Having read the previous novels, it was wonderful to catch up with the familiar characters.
This novel follows the fortunes of Danae and Dallas as they desperately try to fulfil their dreams for a baby. They have been caught up in the IVF system for several years and failure is affecting Danae’s mood and all she comes into contact with. Another Way Home follows the couple on their roller coaster emotional journey.
Linked in to the IVF theme is the theme of family. Danae comes from a close knit family of five siblings, with their parents at the head. Her parents believe in fostering family bonds, and open their home every Tuesday evening for a family bring and share meal. The young cousins grow up knowing each other and with a huge sense of family.