Book Review: Two Roads Home

23 Jun

Two-Roads-Home-252x384What if it’s too late for dreams to come true?

Minor-but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman’s initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans’ son-in-law, Jesse. Jesse Pennington’s friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless—and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk.

With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

 

DRaney-254Deborah 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. Visit Deborah on the web at DeborahRaney.com.

 

My Impressions:

No one does real life like Deborah Raney! Filled with real and relatable characters and real-life experiences, her novels are always sure to hit the right note. Two Roads Home, book 2 in the Chicory Inn series, is no exception. For an honest read that blends God’s truth and grace, look no further.

Audrey Whitman may be an empty nester embarking on a new career as innkeeper, but she still frets over her brood of 4 grown children. In Two Roads Home, oldest daughter Corrine is facing threats to her marriage both from the inside and the outside. Her husband Jesse is accused of harassment at work and wants a change. But the dream he pursues may sideline Corrine’s own dreams.

Raney does a good job of portraying a real marriage in Two Roads Home. Corrine and Jesse let petty disputes and sparse communication undermine an otherwise good marriage. They have been operating on two different agendas for awhile and it has taken away from true intimacy in their marriage. Add into the mix a manipulative other woman and you get a recipe for disaster. But Raney uses prayer, God’s word and teamwork to bring them back together. Characters’ emotions and actions ring true in this novel as do the issues explored. Questions of priorities, contentment and marital fidelity make this one great for a book club!

While Two Roads Home could be read as a standalone novel, I would recommend beginning with book 1, Home to Chicory Lane.  And I am definitely looking forward to more from the Whitman family!

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

Great for Book Clubs.

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(Thanks to LitFuse and Abingdon Press for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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