Sunday, March 12, 2017

Home at Last By Deborah Raney

Why did their differences matter so much?

Link Whitman has settled into the role of bachelor without ever intending to. Now he's stuck in a dead-end job and, as the next Whitman wedding fast approaches, he is the last one standing. The pressure from his sisters' efforts to play matchmaker is getting hard to bear as Link pulls extra shifts at work, and helps his parents at the Chicory Inn.

All her life, Shayla Michaels has felt as if she straddled two worlds. Her mother's white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn't repeat in polite--well, in any company. Her father's family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry's incarceration, life has left Shayla's father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn't people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts?

Everything changes one icy morning when a child runs into the street and Link nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with the little girl's aunt, Shayla, the beautiful woman who runs Coffee's On, the bakery in Langhorne. 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?

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I went from full-time stay-at-home mom for 20 years to pretty much full-time author. My passion is my family—my husband and I have four kids and seven darling grandkids! But since, if a mom does her job right, she eventually puts herself OUT of a job, I'm delighted to have discovered my next career. I could not enjoy the writing life more.

I've had a couple of non-fiction books published and have contributed to several anthologies, as well as writing magazine articles. But my first love is fiction. I have written more than thirty novels. The fifth and final book in my Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press releases in February 2017.

A typical writing day for me begins early—often before 6 a.m.—with the business side of things: answering e-mail and reader mail, updating my website, writing blog posts, reading for research. Our routine is much quieter now than it was when we had four kids at home. When my writing time begins mid-morning, I have a routine that sets the stage, starting with lighting scented candles, choosing music to write by, and brewing a perfect cup of coffee. I have a cozy office that looks out over our front yard, but I often take my laptop out to the back deck where the birds, squirrels, ducks, geese, bunnies, and an occasional egret (or even a coywolf or deer on occasion!) provide entertainment.

Believe it or not, my first choice of activities for the evening is READING—a great novel, of course! As much as I enjoy the actual process of writing, I am an extrovert by nature, and doubt I'd last long in this business were it not for the company of several wonderful online writers' groups, connecting with other authors at retreats and conventions, and meeting aspiring writers when I teach at conferences around the country.

Probably the most exciting event in my writing life so far was when my first novel was made into a movie by World Wide Pictures. Certainly a dream come true and I feel blessed beyond words to still get to be doing what I love as my day job.

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Where to start on this book, First I should say I read and reviewed the first three books in this five book series. I like the first three books. Home at Last was book five and it is full of tension and very difficult issues. While it was written wonderfully and the story was different for a final book in a series. I felt like the characters were not like the ones in the first few books. I did however love Link and that made the book worth reading to the end.
I don't like to read about hateful people and hate in my books I read to get away and relax and travel to far away happy places. This book did not take me there.
I gave this book 3 stars. But I really enjoyed Link.
I received  this book from the publisher for review. A favorable one was not required and all views expressed are my own.


  1. This book sounds to intense for me.

  2. Sounds really interesting, can't wait to read all of them. Thanks!

  3. I am not sure about this one at all.

  4. I am on the fence. I did like the first two books.

  5. When I read the review, I thought that this would be a wonderful book, but with you giving it a 3 star, I think I will pass on this one. Thanks for your honest reviews Mary.

  6. I don't think I will like this one.

  7. Im not going to ask my library for this one.

  8. Don't sound like something I will like.

  9. I really respect your opinion. You haven't been wrong so far, so I don't think I will like it.

  10. Thanks for the review! I've read her work in the past and like you, enjoyed them. I may pass on this one though.

  11. I don't think I will be able to get into this book.