Close to Home by Deborah Raney

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Description:
Can a widowed Bree Whitman find love again without breaking the hearts of her late husband’s family?
Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn’t born into Grant and Audrey’s family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim’s family keep her ties to him strong—in the same way she keeps Tim’s memory alive for them. But it’s been almost five years, and she can’t hang onto the past forever.

Fighting the guilt she feels for wanting to love again, she can’t help her dreams about a tall, dark, and handsome man—a man who is not her Tim. How can she accept the flirtations from Drew Brooks without throwing the Whitman family back into grieving? And how can Drew compete with the ghost of a hero and the hero’s very alive family who seem to hold some spell over the woman who shares their name . . . a woman he might just love?

My Review:

I am going to miss this family! I really enjoyed getting to know each member of the family as they walked through the various struggles and joys. Bree, a widow, struggles with feeling a part of a family that she has been a part of. Death changes things.

I could really feel each emotion deeply as she struggled with the ins and outs of relationship choices.

This book series is great in so many ways, but this one addresses young widowhood in a way that not many do. For a newer widow, it might be too raw, but in one that is struggling with the moving on factor, and life in general, it would be very helpful as you walk with Bree through it.

I love how Deborah Raney pulls out real life issues and yet makes it so part of the story, you don’t realize. My favorite part was the grandmother, and dealing with having to keep her safe, but battling the independence. As someone that has cared for grandparents as they aged, I found this so relatable.

 

I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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