Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Book Review: Going Home (Chandler Hill Inn Book 1) by Judith Keim

Going Home (Chandler Hill Inn Series Book 1)In 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she’s been missing all her life. She makes it to San Francisco, but soon learns she needs a job if she’s to live properly. A kind, young man named Kenton Chandler offers her a sandwich and a job at his father’s inn and vineyards. With nothing to lose, Lettie takes him up on his offer and begins a whole new life in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. She immediately falls in love with the land and is fascinated with the idea of growing grapes in order to make wines. She, Kenton, and Rafe Lopez become friends as she learns about running the small inn on the property. 
At the same time she marries Kenton, a stroke kills his father. And then before she can tell Kenton she’s pregnant, he dies in an automobile accident. Heartbroken and burdened with the gift of the Chandler Hill Inn and Winery, she’s left with the task of making them a success. Struggling to raise a child alone while working to grow the business, Lettie makes a shocking discovery that changes everything. 


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! I sat and could not put this down. Very emotional book. Violet Hawkins, her friends call her Lettie, was raised in foster care. When she turned 18 she decided to move from Ohio to San Francisco. She had always wanted to go there but things were not as they seemed. She meets Kenton Chandler, who offers her a job at his families Inn/Vineyard in Oregon. Once she gets there she is in awe and falls in love with the place. She ends up with a friend there named Rafe. She ends up having feelings with both men but can't have Rafe and realises that she has real feelings for Kenton. As they get married they get called back because Kenton's dad has a heart attack. Then not to long after that Kenton is killed in a car accident. It is up to her to honor her word of the will and run the Inn and vineyard. She is now also raising her child alone with the help of some dear friends. This book had so many tragedies and heartbreak throughout it. The one thing I really liked about this is Lettie and her daughter grow throughout the story. Lettie starts out at 19 in the book but she is in her 60's at the end of the book. So much happens between those times to just drag you in and want to get to know Lettie more. I was sad to get to the end of the book as I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters in the book.
I received this from the author for a review.

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