Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review + GIVEAWAY: Another Way Home

Another Way Home
By Deborah Raney
Chicory Inn Series, #3
Abingdon Press, 2015


Sometimes 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.

My thoughts

Another Way Home is a moving story, book #3 in a series that is quite excellent. It’s a story about family – a big extended, multigenerational family that shares in each other’s joys and heartbreaks. Returning to Grant and Audrey’s B&B in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri area near the Mississippi River is a delight (visit Deborah’s Pinterest board for some great visuals). Well written and highly entertaining, this story is also relevant for two reasons . . . One, because so many people deal with the agonizing disappointment of infertility today, and two, the importance of having an attitude of gratitude in our hearts every single day.

I love romance novels as much as anyone, but it’s the stories of a marriage that are my favorite – and Deborah’s Chicory Inn series is a gem. Danae and Dallas are struggling in Another Way Home, yet there’s never any doubt that they love each other deeply. But Danae has what is called “unexplained infertility” and Dallas has personal reasons for not wanting to adopt. These characters are very real and it was easy to feel for both of them.

Danae had become self-absorbed, totally focused on having a baby, to the extent that her family walked on eggshells around her. And her focus became a spiritual matter, for Danae felt that if they didn’t have a baby, “she wasn’t sure she could go on believing in a loving, caring, fair God.” Although I never went as far as Danae’s extremes, I can relate to her longing because it took several years before we were blessed with children. The same frustrations, the monthly disappointment, the remarks of well-intentioned friends as to when we were going to start a family were all there.

The best part is seeing Danae’s gradual transformation as her eyes are opened to the plight of women in the shelter where she volunteers, and she reaches the place we all have to arrive at sooner or later – the point where God’s will matters more than our own. And Danae’s attitude of gratitude especially strikes a chord during this Thanksgiving season.


“Sometimes life’s greatest adventures – and greatest blessings –
were found by taking another way home.”

I think the title of this story will always stay with me, for it gently reminds me that God always has a plan - often "another way" from ours - the results of which will be beyond anything we could ever have imagined.

There are some emotional, heart wrenching moments in this story, as well as moments of sublime joy that will thrill readers. I greatly enjoy women’s fiction and wish there was more of this genre in Christian fiction. Dallas’s brother, Drew, was a part of this story, often serving as a sounding board and providing accountability. I liked him very much and felt the stage was being set for his story, so I hope we see more of him.

I’m so glad there’s more to come in this series and eagerly anticipate book #4, Close to Home. Recommended.


Deborah 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.

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Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Abingdon Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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My deepest thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Abingdon Press for this giveaway copy. To enter the drawing for Another Way Home . . .

1) Please follow this link to my Facebook page and share about the giveaway ("likes" to my FB page are not required, but very much appreciated).

2) Answer the following:

In light of Danae’s decision to live with an
attitude of gratitude, what is something
for which you are very thankful today?

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  1. I am thankful my husband survived his surgery and is getting better every day.

    1. Virginia, now that's REALLY something to give thanks for!! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Kathy Heare Watts
    Redrabbitt (at) aol (dot) com

    1. So glad you stopped by, Kathy, and I'd love to hear what you're especially thankful for today.

  3. I am thankful that my family is healthy and that we have a home. ReadingMama922 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  4. "In light of Danae’s decision to live with an attitude of gratitude, what is something for which you are very thankful today?" First, salvation! Rescued. I am thankful for Trust. The Lord is worthy and stands behind His Word to perform it. Love. Always available and receptive. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  5. I am thankful for the love and guidance from God, my husband, my daughter, my son. They are the people I know will always be there for me.

  6. I'm very thankful my parents (who are in their 80s) are still living and reasonably well. I'm also thankful for my brothers, sister, and their families, plus my children. Family is very important to me. I enjoy Deb's books so am thankful for this chance to win Another Way Home. I read book one and have book two in my TBR pile.


  7. I am thankful we are safe at home while there is a blizzard going on outside!

  8. I am thankful that I still have both of my elderly parents and have a wonderful family.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  9. I am thankful for my husband's healing and health. We've weathered a storm and are now living in the sunshine!

  10. Always forget! tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. I'm so thankful for God's loving care and many blessings. Thanks, Carole, for the great review. I've read the first two books in the series and really enjoyed them. Looking forward to reading this one.

  12. I am thankful for pain free moments. :-)

  13. I forgot to add my email, too. :-) ahenderson(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. Thankful to finally get my knee surgery next month ,thankful for my family and friends.
    Thanks for the review and giveaway.would love to read this book

  15. I'm thankful for my salvation through Jesus Christ!


  16. I'm thankful for a home and family. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

  17. I am truly grateful for technology. Since my daughter's husband has been transferred to Japan, I talk on Skype a lot. I really enjoy watching my grandson play with his toys. Our favorite game is when he plays hide and seek with his Mom and he carries the phone with him and we giggle and chat while he is hiding. By the way, he is three years old.

    Kathy Anderson

  18. I am thankful for my children and their salvation. And I have to ditto Kathy's answer. Technology sure helps keep in touch with family.

    Amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

  19. I am so thankful that GOD let me have 4 wonderful children. From that I now have many grandkids and many greats grands. I can't imagine not having any for that was my wish from childhood to be a mother. I am one of your followers Carole.Would love to win this book by Deborah. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  20. I am so thankful that GOD let me have 4 wonderful children. From that I now have many grandkids and many greats grands. I can't imagine not having any for that was my wish from childhood to be a mother. I am one of your followers Carole.Would love to win this book by Deborah. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  21. sounds like a great book. can't wait to read it.