Review of Home at Last: A Chicory Inn Novel by Deborah Raney

I recently read Home at Last, the final book in the Chicory Inn series by Deborah Raney. I hadn’t read the previous books, but I was still able to understand and enjoy this one.

 I have to admit that at times I didn’t like this book. At times I was frustrated by each of the main characters and their prejudices or wrong ideas. But, their feelings and conversations had a reality to them and created in me the tension that they felt in their situations. So…the book was a success.

Review of Home at Last by Deborah Raney

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About the Book

Link Whitman is the last in his family to find love. His sisters are happily married, and his sister-in-law is still a part of the family and remarrying after the death of Link’s brother. But Link hasn’t yet found the woman of his dreams. He actually made a list of requirements for her when he was young. His sisters and even his mother are tempted to play matchmaker.
When Link meets Shayla taking bread from her family’s bakery to the homeless shelter, he instantly feels attracted to her. Shayla is black. Her father is black and mother was white. Although Shayla does agree to go out with him- taking her niece along- the two realize that, although they don’t care about their differences, others do. And they experience prejudice from white people as well as from Shayla’s black father.
As the two get to know each other better, Link learns about Shayla’s complicated family situation. He also learns about the prejudice he may encounter dating a black woman. The two still have strong feelings for each other. But is that enough to overcome the difficulties in front of them?


My Thoughts

My first thought was- why make such a big deal about the fact that the main characters are different colors? I don’t care if they’re different colors. I wouldn’t care if the situation were in real life. Why is it a big deal. But as Link and Shayla’s story unfolded, I saw more clearly the difficulties they had to overcome to have a relationship. And even though Shayla’s father’s prejudiced remarks and Link’s obliviousness made me feel frustrated, I realized that Deborah Raney did a great job of communicating what the characters in the story actually felt. And I realized that the tension that those conversations triggered in me was the same tension the characters would experience in that situation. 
Making readers feel what the characters in the story are feeling, drawing them into the story is the accomplishment of a good writer. And this book was well-written.
I liked the characters. They were well-developed. The plot moved smoothly along. The storyline was interesting, and I was pulled in with a desire to find out what was going to happen between Link and Shayla. 
Home at Last is one I can recommend. It isn’t a deep, thoughtful read. But it’s a good story, very well-written. I give it four stars and a PG rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here and you can read a Kindle preview below.

Conclude Deborah Raney’s Chicory Inn novels with the final book, Home at Last, a story of acceptance, trying to overcome differences, and love. Everything changes for bachelor Link Whitman one icy morning when a child runs into the street and he nearly hits her with his pickup-and then the girl’s aunt Shayla enters Link’s life. 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?

Join Deborah on Thursday, March 23, for a live author chat party in her Facebook group with fun prizes to be won! Click the graphic below for more details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there-bring a friend or two who loves to read!

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