Thursday, November 19, 2015
5-Star Review of "Another Way Home"
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 REVIEW: Deborah Raney has gotten right to the heart of the painful emotions of infertility for Dallas and Danae, and their extended family, who is hurting right along with them. Dallas has special reasons for being opposed to adoption but he does not feel comfortable sharing them with his wife or family at first. Will volunteering at the women's shelter bring it all to a head for them and break the dam open for Dallas? Danae has feelings of resentment and envy towards her sisters and feels guilty about that. They all feel they must walk on eggshells around Danae so they don't cause her further hurt feelings.
This is a beautiful, heart-wrenchging story of pain and raw emotion. The women at the shelter are escaping abusive situations and that brings its own level of pain for them and all those who volunteer with them. I love the setting of this series as well. The Bed and Breakfast that Grant and Audrey have established is absolutely beautiful and the perfect setting for the family gatherings.
I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it.
I received a free ebook from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
DEBORAH RANEY's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. THE FACE OF THE EARTH released in May 2013 from Howard/Simon & Schuster, and SILVER BELLS released from Guideposts in October. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They are new empty nesters with four children and a growing quiver of grandchildren, all of whom live much too far away.