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?
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This is what I consider a nice summer read. It isn't overly deep and emotionally charged. There are some issues for the family to get through of course, but it isn't a book to bog you down. If you want just a nice light introduction to the family then this is a great book for you. The series is fun, the family is one you would want to get to know, and they aren't fake and without problems. It is like getting to know your neighbors who just so happen to own a really cool bed and breakfast!
You will want to go and visit! I think the book has a lot a great theme of family and how they stick together through it all. It also has a theme of self exploration as Landyn tries to find her place along with husband Chase. But they aren't the only ones. As the bed and breakfast is newly open we see Audrey trying to redefine herself as an empty nester as well.
All issues we will eventually deal with in a nice friendly read.
About the author: 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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