I am really going to miss my visits to the Chicory Inn. I have enjoyed getting to know the Whitman family and see the different challenges each one faces or has faced in their life. They look like the perfect family from the outside, but this family has known loss and what it means to be broken. They’ve fought for their family relationships and have remained close through the storms.
Deborah Raney did a wonderful job addressing the racial tensions throughout this book. I wasn’t expecting this book to address that topic, but I’m so glad it did. It was interesting to see Shayla’s perspective as she has to bridge the gap between two worlds. On top of that, she’s dearly missing her mom as she’s now left taking care of her entire family.
Link doesn’t think twice about his new relationship, except in terms that the girl he’s interested in is raising her niece. He’s a bit surprised when he finds that he has to address some racial comments and actions that have been thrown at his new girlfriend. Not only that, but Shayla’s dad isn’t too fond that Link is the man Shayla has become interested in.
There’s a lot going against this new relationship. It’s interesting to watch the different barriers that must be crossed and the different conversations that must be had that are uncomfortable for some.
Might I hope for some sort of Chicory Inn Reunion or a spinnoff?!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.