• Going Home

  • Chandler Hill Inn, Book 1
  • By: Judith Keim
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at 18 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.

©2019 Judith Keim (P)2019 Judith Keim

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Slow paced

Slow moving story. it had quite a few loose ends. Too many twists and turns.

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Tearjerker!

Need a good cry? Judith Keim delivers on so many levels!
You will need a box! This book is full of heartbreaking “life”, but there are tears of joy and laughter along the way. Parallels real life.

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Fabulous

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When the narrator was telling the story, I felt as if I knew the characters. I was completely absorbed in the plot

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Loved this sweet, emotional journey

What's not to like? The journey Lettie takes is heartwarming and heartbreaking. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Keim brings us Home like no one else!

Judith Keim is a master of contemporary fiction rooted in the love of a place. In this first book in the Chandler Hill Inn series, we meet a strong woman who survives cruel twists of fate and, through her own determination and tenacity, makes the most of the opportunities offered to her. As always with Keim, her characters are complex yet relatable and her settings are compelling. If you'd like to set everyday tasks aside for a few hours and immerse yourself in life in the wine country, head for Going Home. Ms. Keim has another hit on her hands.

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Absolutely intriguing

I absolutely love this storyline and the characters are very well established that you just fall in love with them and the creative writing the author has written and also the narrator's display. I love that this storyline continues.

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beautiful story

I loved every moment of this story from beginning to end I highly recommend it

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Couldn't stop listening...

I truly fell in love with this story. The story is very well written and the characters come alive. I enjoyed the narrator tremendously. The last couple chapters brought tears to my eyes...A must listen/read, don't miss out on this one!

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Beautiful Story

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end. This is a story I may enjoy to listen to again and again. Narrator was excellent.

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Had the potential to be a great family saga

Decades skipped, timelines that don't line up. Too much missing to keep it flowing. The ending was just too corny for words.