Right Where We Belong by Deborah Raney

Right Where We Belong

Whether in a quaint home bakery in Langhorne, Missouri, a cozy boho coffee shop in Maple Valley, Iowa, or a charming lakeside cottage in Sweethaven, Michigan, love grows best in small towns just like this! ...

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Right Where We Belong Reviews

  • Caitlyn Santi

    This is an absolutely delightful collection of small town romance novellas! I really enjoyed all three of them. Though Melissa Tagg's was my personal favorite, I have been so looking forward to Megan's story and it was so awesome, it exceeded every single one of my expectations!

    I've read one story of Deborah Raney's in the past (A January Bride, which I absolutely loved!) so I knew I enjoyed her writing style, and her novella in this collection was so fun, and I had no trouble reading it even t

    This is an absolutely delightful collection of small town romance novellas! I really enjoyed all three of them. Though Melissa Tagg's was my personal favorite, I have been so looking forward to Megan's story and it was so awesome, it exceeded every single one of my expectations!

    I've read one story of Deborah Raney's in the past (A January Bride, which I absolutely loved!) so I knew I enjoyed her writing style, and her novella in this collection was so fun, and I had no trouble reading it even though I hadn't read any of the novels that were set in the same town. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Raney's writing in the future!

    I loved the historical details and tad bit of mystery that were a huge part of Courtney Walsh's novella. This was my first time reading a book by Ms. Walsh, and I can't help but wonder why it took me so long! I loved everything about this novella and Courtney's writing style, I will soon be getting her newest release to review and I can't wait!

    I highly recommend this novella collection!

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    Sweet small-town stories from wonderful authors! Each story is set in the town from the author's full-length book or series. I don't think you'll feel lost if you haven't read the book(s) that inspired the novellas. It did make me want to go read the longer books though! While I enjoyed all the stories, I think my favorite was the last one by Courtney Walsh.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    Three authors who write good books team up together to write 3 novellas. What's not to love? This one was a no-brainer.

    I thoroughly enjoyed each offering, especially Melissa Tagg's which carried a spiritual message that really spoke to my heart.

    Highly recommended.

    *I received a preview copy of this book and was under no obligation to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  • Terri Simmons

    This is a truly delightful collection of stories from three amazing authors. While all three novellas are set in small towns, each author brings her own style and charm. A sweet way to spend an afternoon!

  • Amy

    'Right Where We Belong', is a collection of 3 short stories, all with this concept of finding that place, and with whom you 'belong'. As one of the authors, Courtney Walsh states, this is the beauty of a short story - don't have a lot of time to read? Then these are perfect. You don't have to read in order. I started with Melissa's because I've read all her Maple Valley books, and was eager to learn more about Megan. You can start where you like and enjoy a simple sweet story without all the com

    'Right Where We Belong', is a collection of 3 short stories, all with this concept of finding that place, and with whom you 'belong'. As one of the authors, Courtney Walsh states, this is the beauty of a short story - don't have a lot of time to read? Then these are perfect. You don't have to read in order. I started with Melissa's because I've read all her Maple Valley books, and was eager to learn more about Megan. You can start where you like and enjoy a simple sweet story without all the complexities that make up a novel, and come away uplifted.

    ~ A Langhorne Romance ~ by Deborah Raney

    Oh how I can relate. Long distance relationship anyone?! I had the epitome of that. Across the pond (Atlantic Ocean sized pond) and only a few thousand land miles away from the guy I knew in my heart and soul was just the right one for me. Absence does make the heart grow fonder.... Or crumble, and you're right, that test of distance can work wonders in figuring that all out early on.

    Cute plot, I'm pretty sure I have never read any kind of story set around a delivery truck. This is the first book I've read by Deborah Raney and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lily owns a small business baking out of her home, albeit a state of the art kitchen. Meet handsome new delivery driver Gage, bringing packages of baking supplies to her door. Suddenly the supplier's 'free shipping' policy never looked sweeter! With a sneaky plan to catch more glimpses of Gage, Lily starts breaking down her orders to have him show up more often.

    Will the feelings be mutual? There's a cat. An allergy. Then a job offer that's hard to refuse.

    Often in my younger days (and just as often now) I struggled with this concept of being unsure about the direction of my life. Choices. Decisions. Some big, others not so much. Each one that would lead me to my knees in prayer. Most times the answer is to just take a step, a risk, move forward. I loved this line from the book. "We don't have to see every twist and turn on the journey in front of us. We just have to take the first step...and then trust God to show us the next one… And the next."

    ~ A Maple Valley Romance ~ by Melissa Tagg

    'Don't look down, look out'

    As a fan of Maple Valley from the day I read 'Three Little Words', first glimpse of the lives and loves of the Walker Family, I get excited at the thought of getting to go back. Discover the new characters, locations in town, yet checking in with all the old favourites. There has been someone who has played a constant minor role in all of these books. Megan. Owner of 'Coffee Coffee', she has taken her difficult lot in life and worked so hard to create a niche for herself in this small Iowa town. Left home at 18, and bounced around emotionally by people she met. The influence and care she initially received from Kate Walker developed into a solid friendship. One in which we see Megan rise to her challenges and attempt to put her life into order.

    Eric is the owner of Hampton House, a half way house in town. As a non coffee drinker. He hasn't crossed paths with Megan over the 5 years she has lived there. A chance meeting prompted by his concern for the awning of her shop - changes all of that. Their friendship ensues and he helps her open doors long closed.

    The arrival of Delia's (Megan's daughter) Father, rocks the boat. Fear and anxiety replace the relative peace and contentment Megan has found. Will she be able to tackle this head on, and hold on to the new and blossoming love with Eric? The biggest question of all - do people change - will be laid out there for our consideration.

    "The best way to thank God for all the second chances He’d given her was to be generous with the grace she showed others." Oh how true this is. Extending grace to those who hurt us is one of the hardest things in life. We want/need it to come from God. We want Him and others to show us mercy, yet so easily withhold it from them. Second, third, fourth (this list is never ending) chances that come from God, can absolutely be returned in thanks through our actions towards another.

    Beautiful and simply put, this novella is as always written skillfully by an author who knows how to reach inside the hearts of the characters and invite us in. Will leave you considering what you can personally do to support change in others, find courage to extend grace. The courage to implement personal change.

    ~ A Sweethaven Romance ~ by Courtney Walsh

    A century old family feud. Small town Lake Michigan shoreline. A time capsule mystery. What's not to love about this?!

    I haven't read Courtney Walsh's Sweethaven series, though the location reminded me a lot of her upcoming novel 'Just Look Up'. As a newbie to Michigan I fell in love with the big Lake at first sight. I can relate perhaps to how the founders of this town felt when they first set eyes on the beauty of the lakeshore.

    Eleanor & Jason have known each other their whole lives, or rather known of each other. The Waverly - Holloway history has defined both their families for decades. One has benefitted in status, community respect and wealth. The other, as no good menace to society. A brief encounter during their senior year has left our main characters wondering about each other and that moment, but they haven't spoken for over a decade. Will preconceived ideas be overcome? A quest for the truth will bring more than just answers to a mystery to Eleanor's life. Will she have the courage to go against her fathers wishes for the sake of honesty?

    I loved the concepts being brought to the forefront. That we often judge each other, based on appearances or information we think is true but may not be. Deciding for ourselves what their story is, even if it's completely wrong.

    “But you just remember where you come from doesn’t determine who you are today." Perfect. We can change. We often hold ourselves back, because of this inability to see past... our past. We are the masters of our fate.

    Beautiful novella from Courtney Walsh.

    Thank you to the authors for providing me with a complimentary copy, I won in a giveaway. This is my honest review.

  • Brittany

    What a fun collection of novellas! I enjoyed each of these stories and the fact that they were all set in small towns. Each of the authors did a good job of creating characters that I cared about. Every story had some heart-tugging moments. The main characters in all three novellas had good chemistry and found themselves in situations that created great romantic tension between them. I felt very invested in knowing that these couples would receive their happily ever afters.

    One of the things that

    What a fun collection of novellas! I enjoyed each of these stories and the fact that they were all set in small towns. Each of the authors did a good job of creating characters that I cared about. Every story had some heart-tugging moments. The main characters in all three novellas had good chemistry and found themselves in situations that created great romantic tension between them. I felt very invested in knowing that these couples would receive their happily ever afters.

    One of the things that I enjoy about novella collections is when I find a new author because they were included in the collection with other authors whose books I know that I like. That was definitely the case in Right Where We Belong. I had not previously read any books by Courtney Walsh, but I really loved her novella and I plan to read more books by this author.

    (4.5 stars)

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Madison

    Deborah Raney - Love is found when a baker orders her regular supplies online but finds a new and attractive delivery man on her doorstep. Deciding to have a bit of fun, she increases her orders in the hope of sparking something.

    Melissa Tagg - Megan is now considered a resident of Maple Valley, she's a mother and owner of a thriving coffee shop, but sometimes she still fears her past - particularly her young daughter's father. When she meets Eric, director of the home for men trying to rebuild t

    Deborah Raney - Love is found when a baker orders her regular supplies online but finds a new and attractive delivery man on her doorstep. Deciding to have a bit of fun, she increases her orders in the hope of sparking something.

    Melissa Tagg - Megan is now considered a resident of Maple Valley, she's a mother and owner of a thriving coffee shop, but sometimes she still fears her past - particularly her young daughter's father. When she meets Eric, director of the home for men trying to rebuild their lives, she can't help feeling drawn to him. But his work brings him close to Megan's past and stirs her fears.

    Courtney Walsh - Eleanor is the historic director for her small town of Sweethaven. But the unveiling of her ancestor's time capsule - an event she has been planning for years - calls into doubt her own family history. As she works with Jason Holloway to untangle the mystery of their families' history she risks falling in love with the town bad boy -who may be a far better man than she ever dreamed possible.

    I purchased this collection of novellas solely to read Melissa Tagg's inclusion, A Maple Valley Romance. Megan's story. I absolutely adored this sweet story of finding love and the place that is truly a home. I've been eagerly anticipating Megan's story. I have loved all the books in the Maple Valley series, loved all the Walker family, loved all the other characters, especially Megan. I loved how Melissa Tagg's novel does justice to the time and consideration Megan's story deserved. I love it when a novella feels as well-paced and detailed as a full-length book. Megan's relationship with Eric is sweet, slightly tortured, and so delightful.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the novella by Deborah Raney. The story seemed too contrived and ridiculous and I wasn't in the right mood to give it any more time.

    The story by Courtney Walsh is sweet. I haven't read her other Sweethaven novels, but I had no trouble settling into this quaint, historic town. Eleanor and Jason's relationship develops slowly as they start to work together to uncover the truth behind their family history, but their attraction spans back to high school. I do enjoy a good forbidden romance and Eleanor and Jason have been told to stay away from each other all their lives. With the addition of some historical mystery and family tension, this novella was very enjoyable. While the ending wrapped up very quickly, the rest of the novella was well-paced.

  • Kara

    So much swoony happiness in these stories! I loved all three and if I had to pick a favorite, I'm not sure I could do it. Ms. Raney's meet cute between Lily and Gage was super cute! And the way Lily kept ordering stuff one day at a time just so the cute guy could keep coming back to her house? Too funny! Yet the chemistry between Ms Tagg's Megan and Eric? Wow! There was no denying it, no matter how much they both tried. The same goes for Ms. Walsh's Eleanor and Jason! They had good chemistry and

    So much swoony happiness in these stories! I loved all three and if I had to pick a favorite, I'm not sure I could do it. Ms. Raney's meet cute between Lily and Gage was super cute! And the way Lily kept ordering stuff one day at a time just so the cute guy could keep coming back to her house? Too funny! Yet the chemistry between Ms Tagg's Megan and Eric? Wow! There was no denying it, no matter how much they both tried. The same goes for Ms. Walsh's Eleanor and Jason! They had good chemistry and best of all, history behind it. I loved watching the two of them swoon over each other. :)

    So! Long story short? These three stories are absolutely adorable fun and I sorely wish they were full length novels because I could've used a few hundred pages more with each of these characters!

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