Barbara and Susan help empty-nest women redefine the “mom” role. I thought they did a good job looking at the empty nest stage through a variety of circumstances. They include their own experiences and they draw on the stories of other women who have moved beyond the high school years. It’s coming and I can see some good things and some sad things. Having just moved our oldest into his own apartment for his first real job, I thought it was time to tackle this topic.
I greatly enjoyed the insight. I felt that enough of the experiences they portrayed were close to my own. I found a “fit” in several of their topics. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
Two Roads Home is a Chicory Inn series story. I have not read the first one, and I found this one easy to follow regardless.
Jesse Pennington works a sales job with lots of demanding travel. Unfortunately he has trouble with a female coworker who both flirts and travels with him. This could be disaster for his marriage. His wife, Corinne, is a stay-at-home mom to their three little girls. She appreciates his dedication to work that allows them a comfortable lifestyle. But, the travel is wearing on her as well, for different reasons.
I like how the author handles this conflict with the marriage of the couple. They have mutual respect for one another and this helps. I do not like how the aggressive, female coworker can seem so disturbed but yet allowed to continue on. Wow.
I enjoyed the story and will look for additional stories by Deborah Raney. Thank you to Abingdon Press for providing me an advance copy to review in my own words.