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REVIEW: Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest: Discovering New Purpose, Passion, and Your Next Great Adventure by Barbara Rainey, Susan Alexander Yates

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.

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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.

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REVIEW: Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney

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.

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