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Close to Home

(Chicory Inn #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn't born into Grant and Audrey's family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim's family keep her ties to him strong--in the same way she keeps Tim's memory alive for them. But it's been almost five years, ...more
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Published June 7th 2016 by Abingdon Press
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Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This fourth book of the Chicory Inn Series was a bit predictable (I suspected who Bree would fall in love with in book three), however, it was enjoyable to watch Bree give herself permission to move on after losing her husband nearly five years prior and find love again. In Close to Home, the readers are exposed to a family member with dementia and the struggles of working through their loss of independence.

I look forward to the fifth and final book in the series coming out in 2017.
Loraine Nunley
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Okay, I know I said that the previous book in this series was my favorite, but it has now been usurped by this one. I so enjoyed reading Bree’s story. From what I knew of her from the previous novels, I was sure that I would love her and I did. This was such a good story about moving on from tragedy. Not just one man, but two forcing her heart to beat again. I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour for the final book in this series. I was not required to give ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, CLOSE TO HOME is I think my favorite of all the books in this series so far. I absolutely LOVED Drew. He is a doll, hardworking, and so entirely sweet. I did NOT like the man she was seeing at work, I couldn't believe Bree stuck with him so long. He started getting possessive and making her apologize for everything.

I have read all the books in this series so far, and do recommend reading them i
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adore the Whitman family and am thrilled with this latest installment of A Chicory Inn Novel series. This is the fourth book and there's still one more to come (yay!) No worries if you haven't read any of the other books -- Close to Home reads perfectly fine as a standalone but I enjoyed the extra insider knowledge I have about the characters from having read the first three.

This is one crazy large, multi-generational and opinionated family. Audrey and Grant are running a bed and breakfast ou
Julie Zimmett
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the second book that I have read by Deborah Raney, but the first in the Chicory Inn series. After finishing this, I just ordered another book in the series to get to "know" the Whitman family better! Really enjoying Ms. Raney's style of writing! Bree's character seemed so real and her struggle so identifiable. The way that the Whitman family included her so tightly in their every day life, even after their son and her husband's death, is simply beautiful. It reminds me of my in laws and ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Close to Home is the fourth in Deborah Raney’s Chicory Inn series, where empty nesters Grant and Audrey Whitman have transformed their big, rambling home into a bed and breakfast. Each book focuses on one of their five children. This book, however, tells the story of daughter-in-law Bree. Bree had been married to their youngest son, Tim, who had died a solider in Afghanistan. Bree had issues with her own parents and drew close to the Whitmans. They, in turn, considered Bree as one of their own.

Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Bree Whitman. She had been widowed almost five years before when her husband, Tim, died in Afghanistan. She has remained very close to the Whitman family and participates most weeks in the Tuesday night suppers. When a friend at work wants to date her, she decides it's time. This is not an easy process for Bree and mistakes are made. Another man enters the picture, complicating things further. Bree has to really search her heart and make some decisions about family, includin ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn't born into Grant and Audrey's family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim's family keep her ties to him strong--in the same way she keeps Tim's memory alive for them. But it's been almost five years, and she can't hang onto the past forever.

Fighting the guilt she feels for wanting to love again, she can't h
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! So far this is my favorite book in the series! I love reading stories about men or women trying to find love again after they lose their spouse young. Although I have to say it would be really hard for me to get back out there if I lost my husband too soon. So I give a lot of credit to anybody that can do it. Some parts in this book will get you tears.
Joan Arning
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deborah Raney always writes winners! You will ache for Bree, the widow of the Whitman's son who was killed in Afghanistan, as she decides it is time to move on with her life. The Whitmans face troubles like everyone else but love and faith in God win. I have enjoyed each of the Chicory Inn books and Close to Home was no exception.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the closeness of the family (4 generations). I loved that they set and made time for gathering together. They were a family that pitched in when needed! I could relate to Cee Cee who was aging with memory issues. I definitely liked how it turned out with Drew! God's timing is perfect!
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
WOW! Each book in this series gets better! I love the banter of the Whitman family. I enjoy watching as they come together during difficult times. I admire their strong faith. This is a must read series!
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book in the series so far.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
Another delightful story in the Chicory Inn Series.
Katy Atwell
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will definitely read more books by this author! This Christian fiction is a great beach read.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series. I love Deborah Raney's books.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
When you lose the love of your life, how long will it take before you feel comfortable about dating again, or do you ever? What about the relationships you have built with the family after the death, do you maintain it or simply realize at some point that too will change? These are the questions running through Bree Whitman faces when it has been five years since she lost her Marine husband Tim in Afghanistan. She just can't even begin to imagine what that must be like, even though she is still ...more
Jill H.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Chicory Inn series novel puts the spotlight on Bree Cordel Whitman. She is the widow of Grant and Audrey Whitman's son Tim and has been in previous novels in this series. The story will take you inside Bree's mind and how she feels about Tim's family. The whole family meets on Tuesday's for dinner. Bree decides to date one of her coworkers, although he doesn't understand why she has to stay so connected to her "ex's" family. Tim tries to connect with Bree's family and can maybe even be cons ...more
Susan Wachtel
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Close to Home is the first book I’ve read by author Deborah Raney. Even though it’s fourth book in the Chicory Inn Series, I didn’t feel like I had to start with the first book to enjoy it. Enough background information is woven into the storyline, so even a reader new to the series won’t be lost.

Close to Home tells the story of Bree Whitman, who has been widowed for five years. Since her husband Tim was killed in Afghanistan, she has remained close to her in-laws and extended family, who have s
Lisa Johnson
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Close to Home (Chicory Inn Series #4)
Author: Deborah Raney
Pages: 304
Year: 2016
Publisher: Abingdon Press
My rating is 5 stars.
For those not familiar with this series we are introduced to the Whitman family who are the central characters to the novels. The series novels start with Home to Chicory Lane, followed by Two Roads Home, Another Way Home and now Close to Home. There is to be a fifth and final novel in the series titled, Home at Last, but I have no knowledge right now of when it will
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Close To Home by Deborah Raney is the fourth book in the Chicory Inn series but can be read as a stand-alone. It is a contemporary Christian novel with a wonderful inclusive family feel to it. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the Whitman family once more.
There are many themes within the novel including that of moving on. Life never stands still but for widowed Bree she finds herself torn - her love for husband marine Tim keeps her held in limbo versus her desire for marriage and a family. B
Pam Graber
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Five years ago, Bree Whitman’s world came crashing down when the black car drove up to Grant and Audrey’s house with a “we regret to inform you” message that her husband, Tim, had been killed in action. Piece by piece she has put her life back together - getting a job, moving into her own house – but she hasn’t been able to dip her toes into the dating pool. When her co-worker, Aaron, finally gets her to agree to a date, she immediately starts second-guessing herself. Is she really ready to take ...more
Zan Marie Steadham
Raney's fourth Chicory Inn novel is a beautiful exploration of remarriage, family, and responsibility. The Whitman family once again opens their hearts to how to live and love with courage.
Suzie Waltner
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Readers of Deborah Raney’s first three novels in her Chicory Inn series have become well acquainted with the Whitman family. We’ve learned of the trials with Grant and Audrey Whitman’s three daughters and some of the trials they’ve faced in their marriages. Book number four focus on the Whitman who is related by marriage.

Bree Whitman has spent the past five years mourning the loss of her husband and finding comfort in his family. A family she does not want to give up. Yet, as she navigates the d
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The drama of the Whitman family and the Chicory Inn continues in this fourth book in the series. The story centers on Bree, widow of Tim Whitman. While it has been years since he was killed in Afghanistan, Bree is still very much a part of the Whitman family.

A problem begins when a co-worker wants to date her. Aaron is a good guy but Bree struggles with the concept of dating again. Most of the novel centers on the struggle Bree experiences. Aaron is a Christian but he is a bit pushy. He just can
The Reading Panda
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Compared to the previous books, this is relatively mediocre. Love Inspired fiction is a guilty pleasure that I have to be in the mood for. If I purchase and read a novel with a LI-esque plot when not in the mood to indulge, I will find the plot to be too saccharine to ingest. This novel is one such example. I was expecting a plot with more gravity, not the fluff this novel provided.

I love the Whitman family, all of them. The previous novels all had cameos of Bree. She seemed like a great person
Susan Snodgrass
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This fourth book in Deborah Raney's 'Chicory Inn' series is just as good as those that went before. This tells Bree Whitman's story, Grant and Audrey Whitman's daughter in law, widow of their son Tim, who was killed in Afghanistan.

Bree's husband has been dead for 5 years now and a co-worker begins to flirt with her. She feels a little something and wonders whether it might be time to try to start a new relationship.

The book delves deep into the emotions, as do all Deborah's books. It's like pi
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bree is the widow of Tim Whitman, daughter-in-law of Grant and Audrey--who own Chicory Inn B & B. It's been five years since Tim was killed in Afghanistan and Bree is wondering if it is time to start allowing another man into her life. She still loves Tim, she still hurts because of his absence, and she wonders if her in-laws would be offended if she started dating. Just two cubicles away from her at work is a man who would love to be her true love, but he's rather impatient with her. At the ...more
Edward Arrington
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fourth book in the Chicory Inn series was very interesting reading. The focal point of each book is the Chicory Inn owned and operated by Grant and Audrey Whitman. I love that Grant and Audrey have designated Tuesday evenings as family night when all their grown children with spouses and their children plus Grant’s mother gather at the inn for dinner and lots of conversation, games, and fellowship. Their oldest son, Timothy, was killed in Afghanistan almost five years ago but his widow, Bree ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I decided to stay indoors today as it was over 100 degrees where I live so when I had a break this afternoon I jumped at the chance to read Close To Home by Deborah Raney. I curled up in my favorite reading chair and lost myself in the pages of this novel.

Close to Home is the 4th book in The Chicory Inn series. I spent this afternoon laughing, crying and cheering Bree and the Whitman family on as I progressed through the story. By the end of the book, I had a big smile on my face and a warmth i
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DEBORAH RANEY's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career. Twenty-five years, thirty-five books, and numerous awards later, she's still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. Her novels have won RWA's RITA Award, the ACFW Carol Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the HOLT Medallion. She is also a three- ...more

Other books in the series

Chicory Inn (5 books)
  • Home to Chicory Lane (Chicory Inn #1)
  • Two Roads Home (Chicory Inn #2)
  • Another Way Home (Chicory Inn #3)
  • Home at Last (Chicory Inn #5)