Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin
She should be grateful; so many women would love to trade places with her. She knew she was blessed, really and truly, but there was the temptation to give in to self-pity. Long days of chasing little kids around and feeling like a single parent were wearing Corinne thin. While her husband traveled frequently for work, she stayed home with their three little girls. An internal struggle consistently battled between dissatisfaction and the knowledge that she is truly blessed with a nice house, a healthy family and the chance to stay home with her kids. Why can’t she just feel happy and let it go?
In her book, Two Roads Home, Deborah Raney shares the struggles of Jesse and Corinne Pennington in Book 2 of the Chicory Inn Novels. While they navigate finding a balance in their marriage, their relationship will soon be tested by an outsider with ulterior motives. Normally a fun and innocuously flirty guy, Jesse returns home from a business trip with a female co-worker, only to find that she has designs on him and is willing to do whatever it takes to come between him and Corinne. What Jesse perceived as an innocent misunderstanding, Michaela Creeve pursues relentlessly, even filing sexual harassment charges when Jesse doesn’t return her advances. When the attacks become more personal and affect their children, Jesse and Corinne know they must take action.
Struggling to find their bearings, they find themselves reevaluating their marriage, career, hopes and dreams. With the support of Corinne’s family, no stone is left unturned as they examine their lives and the consequences of Michaela’s charges on their family. Despite their initial fear over the situation, it becomes the catalyst for greater things. Hopes are revived and dreams brought back to life as they realize that they possess all they could truly imagine in each other, their family and their faith in God. Facing the giant gives them courage to change course and take their family in a new direction that previously seemed undesirable or impossible.
Not having read the first book in this series, I was unfamiliar with the previous story, but I found that all the needed details were included in this book. Initially, the story started slowly and reading about someone complaining about their marriage (especially someone living a fairly charmed one) seemed annoying. After all, most marriages have their ups and downs. But as the story wove on, the self-examination each character engaged in led to valuable transformation in each of their lives. Out of the ashes came beautiful redemption that will inspire and encourage you to look at your circumstances from a different perspective and ponder anew the plans that God has for your life.
Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.
Review copy was provided by Abingdon Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.