Another Way Home: A Chicory Inn Novel - Book 3 by Deborah Raney

theavidreaderandbibliophile's review

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Another Way Home by Deborah Raney is the third book in A Chicory Inn Novel series. Danae and Dallas Brooks have been trying to have a baby for the last three years. They have tried everything except in vitro fertilization. It is beginning to take a toll on their marriage (and relationship with her sisters) as Danae is becoming obsessed. Danae gave up her part-time job. She now spends her time going to fertility treatments and redecorating their home. Dallas is against adoption. Danae as well as his brother, Drew have tried talking to him about it. Dallas was adopted and there was an incident when he was eighteen that has turned him against the idea of adopting a child of his own.

Danae knows that she needs something to occupy her time and decides to volunteer at a shelter for abused women. Danae meets Misty and Austin. Misty is in the shelter to get away from her abusive husband. She left her husband after he hit Austin, her three year old son. Danae grows close to Austin during his stay at the center. Dallas even volunteers at the center and gets to know the young boy. When they are asked to watch him over Thanksgiving weekend, the couple agree. Their lives will be forever changed after Thanksgiving. Will it be a good change for Danae and Dallas Brooks?

Another Way Home was an enjoyable book to read. It is a lovely, Christian novel. Another Way Home is well-written and engaging. Another Way Home can easily be read without having enjoyed the other two books in the series (though you will probably want to read them). Another Way Home shows how prayer and faith can affect your life. I give Another Way Home 4.25 out of 5 stars. There is some violence (domestic) in the book.

I received a complimentary copy of Another Way Home from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Deborah Raney writes with grace and talent – drawing you in to the characters and their story until you are emotionally and mentally and spiritually invested in their lives. She paints vividly the heartache of infertility and the stress it brings to a marriage, even a loving one like Dallas and Danae’s. With the same brushstrokes, she reflects the frustrations and elations of the adoption journey – for all of the parents involved as well as the children. I felt Dallas and Danae’s heartbreak, their fears, their joys, their frustrations with each word I read of their story.

I also so loved Danae’s family – her parents and siblings and their Tuesday night dinners. Such wonderful closeness and friendship, laughter and warmth and love, emanating from the Chicory Inn. I wanted to join them one of those nights and play with the baby twins or sit around the table and just talk. Raney has done a remarkable job of creating a family of characters that you want to be part of your own family. And really, when you pick up that book and invest your heart and time in reading it, they do become friends and family in a way that only other readers will understand.

Bottom Line: Often a tearjerker, Another Way Home will nevertheless also evoke plenty of smiles and chuckles as you read. Deborah Raney beautifully and tenderly depicts the authentic, raw emotion of infertility and adoption as well as their unpredictability. Highly recommended for anyone who knows someone struggling with either battle – it may provide some helpful insight! While this is the third book in the series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone but perhaps better appreciated if read in order.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

lmbartelt's review

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No matter what your family gatherings are like, take a break from all the upcoming holiday planning and preparations with the third book in Deborah Raney's Chicory Inn series, Another Way Home. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my review.)

The Chicory Inn series centers on the Whitman family, parents Grant and Audrey who have turned their empty nest into a bed-and-breakfast, and the ongoing trials and triumphs of their children. Each book focuses on one of their grown children's family and how as a family they rely on each other and their faith to endure the struggles of life.

Another Way Home highlights Danae and Dallas, who have been trying for years to get pregnant and are at the point of considering other options. It is straining their marriage, so Danae begins volunteering at a women's shelter, infusing new passion into her life. Then Thanksgiving weekend brings Danae and Dallas an opportunity that brings them great joy and also potential heartache. As the family rallies around them, will they find God's ways to be better than they expected?

Even though I have a family that is nothing like the Whitmans, I find the situations Raney writes about to be realistic and moving. If you're concerned that a series featuring a family will be "too perfect" then think again. The Whitman family has issues, and they care about each other. I love the interactions between siblings and couples and the descriptions of the chaotic family gatherings when grandchildren are running around and playing.

It takes me home to my own family's gatherings.

And each book's end makes me look forward to the next in the series.