Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Scent of Lilacs by Ann H. Gabhart

About the Book
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.

Lydia's Review
Having a large pile of review books and realizing that this book was about a younger girl I asked my sister Lydia if she'd be willing to read and review it for me. She agreed and though she didn't really like the book enough to finish it here's her thoughts!

This book was an interesting read. I'll admit that it was difficult to get used to the blatant differences between the two main characters. Each character was well developed though, and the variety enhanced the charming small town feel. From spirited, yet sensitive Jocie, to wild and hilarious Wes, to Bible quoting Aunt Love, the people of Hollyhill endeared themselves to their readers. Though it wasn't exactly the book for me, I can see what other readers would love about it. It was very well written and it was nice to see their different perspectives. the humor was delightful and the animals were just plain great. All in all, the book had a lot of heart and I definitely know of friends I'd recommend it to!

About the Author
Ann H. Gabhart started writing when she was ten and has been writing ever since. Her first published
writings were personal experience pieces, youth stories, and poems in church periodicals such as HomeLife. Her first novel, a historical romance about the settling of Kentucky, was published by Warner Books in 1978. Since then, she's published numerous books for both adults and young adults. The Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books in Christian Fiction in 2006 by Booklist magazine. Her first Shaker book, The Outsider, was a finalist for Christian Fiction Book of the Year in 2009 and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine.
Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband, Darrell, a bass singer in the Patriot Quartet, have three children and nine grandchildren. Her website is www.annhgabhart.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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