HOME TO CHICORY LANE
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. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey's daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she's pulling makes it clear she's not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn's husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?
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.
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