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About the book:
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?
About the author:
Deborah Raney's novels have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers' Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken Raney have traded small-town life in Kansas-the setting of many of Deb's novels-for life in the city of Wichita.
Find out more about Deborah at http://deborahraney.com.
I loved all five books in Deborah's Chicory Inn series and I love how the series ends with "Home at Last." Link is the last single sibling in his family and feels alone at family dinners and get-togethers when he is surrounded by his siblings and their families. Link has never felt about anyone like he does about Shayla; however there are multiple obstacles in their way, one being her father. I really enjoyed how Deborah focused on a different sibling in each of the books, yet she also continued the stories of all of the family members. The entire Whitman family became so real to me and I loved how Deborah did not make life easy and smooth for them, but really had them all deal with a variety of things that are a part of today's society and today's struggles that so many of us face. Shayla's struggles are similar to those that have been a part of the news so much recently, and Deborah addresses them in a way that she doesn't gloss over them, but shows how a loving family helps her and her father to see that not everyone in the world is filled with hatred and not everyone acts the way that unfortunately some do. Love and hope are themes throughout this book and series, as is the importance of family and the bond between family members. I highly recommend this book and this entire series, and am looking forward to what Deborah writes next.
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*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*
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