Sunday, March 24, 2013

Scent of Lilacs, a review

Before Ann H. Gabhart became well-known for her much-loved Shaker novels, she wrote three poignant novels centered on the loveable Jocie Brooke and her family, who lived in 1960s small-town Kentucky. Once named as one of "Booklist"'s Top Ten Christian Novels and now featuring a brand new cover, "Scent of Lilacs" is poised to capture the hearts of new readers everywhere. Life-changing events rarely happen here, and when they do, they are few and far between. But for Jocie Brooke and her family, they happen all at once. Jocie has questions that need answers. As she digs into her family's past, she finds a whirlwind of discoveries, and everything begins to change. In the end, will Jocie find the answers everyone so desperately needs, or will her questions lead to truths that were better left uncovered?
Combining unforgettable characters, true-to-life struggles, and the perfect dose of humor and nostalgia, this riveting story takes readers through the universal experiences of true love, new life, and renewed faith. With a beautiful new cover, "Scent of Lilacs" is poised to capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

...For me, this book held so much loveliness...

- a transformation of the life of a young girl

- a father trying to do his best

- a long-lost daughter's return...with a surprise of her own.

- precious memories. Bittersweet memories. What if the future?

It is a perfect combination of Because of Winn Dixie, The Secret Garden, and that familiarity of life's joys and sorrows. I loved this book- heart warming package, and a brilliant read. This joins others if Gabhart's on a well-loved reads shelf. You will be sure to enjoy!

Thank you to Revell for a complimentary copy in return for my review.

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