Book Review: Another Way Home

16 Nov

Another-Road-Home-252x384Sometimes God’s ways are not at all what we expect . . . and exactly what we need.
Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight.

Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She’s finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed.

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.

Find out more about Deborah at http://deborahraney.com.

 

My Impressions:

A recent commenter on a FB page stated they were tired of reading books that were only about the chase — romances focused on the action leading up to happily-ever-after. She wanted to know were there any books featuring the rest of the story — doing life together. If you are like that commentator, someone who wants real life stories featuring couples facing life’s struggles and doing it God’s way, then be sure to check out Deborah Raney’s latest book in her Chicory Inn series, Another Way Home. This touching novel is a recommended read.

Danae and Dallas Brooks want children, but their quest is just not working out for them. It seems like everyone is having babies but them. As Danae faces frustrating and discouraging fertility treatments and Dallas buries the hurt from his own adoption story, they see their marriage deteriorating from stress. When God seems to be saying no, they face the task of remaining faithful and grateful.

Another Way Home again features the Whitman family — a large, close-knit and multi-generational family. This time the Whitman’s second daughter and husband are the focus of a story that is relevant for so many families today. Infertility is pain-filled, and no matter how supportive friends and family are, it is an incredibly lonely journey. Raney creates real and relatable characters in Danae and Dallas. She feels inadequate and empty; he worries he is not enough for her. Added to the infertility, is Dallas’ deeply buried scars from the rejection of his birth mother. But as Danae seeks to live a life marked with more gratitude than petitions (p 105), the Brooks marriage changes and strengthens. Danae realizes that God seemed to be assigning her exercises in generosity in an effort to teach her an attitude of gratitude (p 106). In a process that often is centered on the end results, Raney’s message is the gift of children. I loved that. There are lots of twists, turns and emotional highs and lows in Dallas and Danae’s story, but God proves Himself ever faithful. You are going to love the scene when Danae discovers the timing of God’s answer to her prayers.

Another Way Home is a wonderful book. I laughed and cried along with Danae and Dallas. And when the last page was turned, I was extremely satisfied. This one is another winner from Raney. I can’t wait for more from the Whitman family.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Another Way Home”

  1. Susanne November 21, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    I love this author but haven’t heard of this one yet. Going on my library list! Thanks for the review.

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    • rbclibrary November 21, 2015 at 11:14 am #

      This book is a standalone, but the 3rd in the series. All are great! Thanks for stopping by!

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