Deborah Raney has written four previous Chicory Inn novels and is now releasing her fifth and last in this series. Home at Last is amazing! There is no other word for it. It is poignant, sweet, and funny all at the same time.
Link is the last of Audrey and Grant's children to still be unmarried and while his parents put no pressure on him, they do want him to be happy with his life. When his mother asks him to stop by the bakery to get some things she needs for the B&B they run, he almost hits a little girl who runs out in the street in front of him. The little girl is Shayla's niece of the bakery and meeting her lights a spark in Link. The problem is she's biracial and her father doesn't approve of Link's whiteness. Link has his work cut out for him to win over Shayla's father, but he feels he's up for the job.
Deborah has taken on a social issue and brought it to light in a novel of depth and incredible perception. Link and Shayla have to overcome prejudices of society, of family, and of themselves. Within the novel are some suspenseful moments where some of society's outcasts insert themselves into the situation and verbalize their ignorance and involves Shayla's niece.
This is no less than a five star book, with two thumbs up, and some bakery pastries to eat while you read.
My thanks to Abingdon Press for allowing me to read and review this book.