Sunday, December 29, 2013

Orchard of Hope: A Book Review

About The Book:

The smoldering embers of unrest are stirring--and even Jocie's sweet spirit can't put them out.
It's already been an eventful summer for Jocie Brooke. Little does she know, things have only just begun to heat up. Drought has gripped the quiet Kentucky town of Hollyhill and it seems as if everyone is waiting--for rain, for a fresh start, for the next step toward the future. 

Into this tense haze of anticipation comes a new family, aiming to make a better life for themselves by planting an orchard on the outskirts of town. Fresh off the freedom train, Alex and Myra Hearndon are sensitive to what the color of their skin may mean in the segregated South. And even though Jocie quickly befriends the family, suspicion from both sides of the racial divide proves a formidable obstacle. Can Jocie help bridge the gap? Or will life in her quiet community fall apart at the seams?

Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Hollyhill for a gripping tale of unexpected friendship, forgiveness, and the bright promise of a new beginning.

You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author ofAngel SisterSmall Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels--The OutsiderThe BelieverThe SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted--and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at

My Review:

This is the second book in The Heart of Hollyhill series and was even better then the first book, Scent of Lilacs! If you have not read the first book, I highly recommend you do that. While you can read Orchard of Hope before Scent of Lilacs, you will understand the character of Jocie Brooke much better after reading the first book. I felt all the characters were compelling and I related to each in a variety of ways. However, it was delightful to see how Jocie developed through the story, and I cannot wait to see how her story continues in Summer of Joy, the third book in the series. 

With themes of prejudice, family relationships and God's redemption being discussed throughout the book, and if you are a fan of Gabhart already, you will definitely enjoy this book. If you have not read Gabhart previously, then I highly recommend her work!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Orchard of Hope at your favorite book retailer 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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