Sunday, March 24, 2013

Scent of Lilacs: A Book Review

About The Book:


After the summer of 1964, life for Jocie Brooke will never be the same.
Life-changing events rarely happen in quiet Hollyhill, Kentucky, and when they do, they are few and far between. But for young Jocie Brooke and her family, they happen all at once during the humid summer of 1964. Though on the surface things are just fine, it seems like everyone in Jocie’s life has something they’re not saying, something they’re hiding from her-and from themselves. As Jocie digs into her family’s past, she stirs up a whirlwind of discoveries. Will she find the answers everyone so desperately needs? Or will her questions lead to truths better left hidden?
Combining unforgettable characters, true-to-life struggles, and the perfect dose of humor and nostalgia, this riveting story from bestselling author Ann Gabhart explores the very essence of new life and love.
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format.
About The Author:
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel SisterWords Spoken TrueThe OutsiderThe BelieverThe SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.
My Review:
Finding out family secrets is not easy in any situation, and keeping them often leads to much pain and heart break.  Author Ann H. Gabhart has taken this theme and written a stunning, heart-wrenching novel that will grab your attention from the very first pages.
All the characters within the book has been developed in such a way that anyone reading the book will relate to at least one, I know I did. They are real, raw in showing emotion and interesting with all their quirks and personalities that shine throughout the book. 
The writing is very fluid, and there are a few great twists and turns which will remind you that we need to know a person's life story before judging, and that God loves us regardless of what we have done and we just need to turn to Him in times of need.  A page-turner to be sure!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Scent of Lilacs at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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