I had already read the second book in the series, which I enjoyed very much, so wanted to go back and read the first book. This series is about a family with adult children and grandchildren. Each book features different family members as the main characters, with the other family members playing secondary roles.
This first book tells about the forays of empty nesters, Audrey and Grant Whitman, into the bed and breakfast business. I laughed at many of the scenes. Those were enough to convince me that I dont have the patience to be in the business, though I have enjoyed my own experiences in staying at lovely bed and breakfast inns.
The family dynamics in the Chicory Inn novels is heartwarming and entertaining, often reflecting real life situations. Im a little skeptical about the financial figures that were complicating the lives of Landyn and Chase. Perhaps, some figures were edited out of the story, but it didnt sound realistic that Chase would owe the tax amount that was mentioned. Other than that, I think the story seems quite believable.
I really like the spiritual slant in the lives of these characters, especially the wise words of CeeCee, the matriarch of the family, when she was talking to Chase. If theres one thing Ive learned, its that God rarely works in ways that make sense to us while theyre happening.
The biggest part of the story focuses on the relationship of Landyn and Chase, who are newly-weds of only 6 months. If you enjoy Christian romance, I think you will enjoy their story. If you gravitate toward contemporary fiction about families, I recommend the Chicory Inn novels.