ANOTHER WAY HOME can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, but its family-centered story is made richer if the reader has already met the cast of characters. When Grant and Audrey Whitman became empty nesters they decided two things: one, to turn their large home into a bed and breakfast inn, and two, to gather their grown children and extended families together every Tuesday night for supper. I definitely connected with how Grant and Audrey want to step back and let their adult children live their own lives. That said, neither can totally protect their own hearts when they see their family suffering in any way. Raney's family drama has all the warmth and humor of a real family that loves each other despite everyday stress, personal drama, and imperfect people. As the book opens, middle daughter Danae and her husband are beginning to dread the Tuesday night dinners because they know the siblings will skirt around the obvious --despite fertilization treatments, Danae is still not pregnant. For the past three or four months, Danae has been decorating the large house she and Dallas purchased from sister Corinne and husband. Now that the house is perfect, Danae has realized that it wasn't the house that she wanted, but it was her sister's life-- the one with a household full of kids. When Danae learns that big sis is having another baby, Danae is sure that God's fairness meter is busted. Encouraged by husband Dallas, she starts volunteering at a women's shelter in an attempt to break through her despair.
As the title hints, Danae and Dallas will find their way home to the life God has planned for them, but it's another way, one they never could have foreseen. I received a copy of this title from Litfuse for my honest review. I recommend fans of family dramas plan on reading this entire gentle warm hearted series.
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About the author
About the author:
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.