Saturday, June 20, 2015

Two Roads Home

Two Roads Home 

by Deborah Raney    

Contemporary Fiction
Abingdon Press  

What if it's too late for dreams to come true?

Minor-but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman's initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans' son-in-law, Jesse.

Jesse Pennington's friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless---and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk.

With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

 TWO ROADS HOME is the second book in this series. It stands alone, but fans will want to read Home to Chicory Inn which tells the story of the Inns beginnings as well as one of the daughters, Landyn.

It took me awhile to get into this story; it was slow, but steady. The writing was impeccable, as per usual. I hurt for Jesse, and unfortunately, the scenario he found himself in is very real today. I wondered why he would choose another high risk field as a possible interest when he thought about leaving the career he had, but that was never addressed. Corinne is used to her lavish lifestyle and it killed her to think about selling her dream house and dream car if Jesse pursues another career. She came across as a bit selfish (as most of us would be), but she was set in a much better light at the end.

The characters were a bit flat and one dimensional and the story predictable.

However, the story line is interesting and the struggles these two characters faced is very realistic. If you like Deb Raney or women’s fiction, pick up a copy of TWO ROADS HOME today.           

An excerpt of both Home to Chicory Inn and Another Road Home is included at the end of the book.

4 stars. Available in ebook, print, and hardcover. 304 pages.

I obtained this book from the publisher via Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. 

Note: Two Roads Home is the second book in Deborah Raney's Chicory Inn series. You can purchase book one here.

See what readers said about book one here.

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Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas---the setting of many of Deborah's novels---for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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