Saturday, March 29, 2014

Return to Hollyhill for a Summer of Joy

Ann H. Gabhart, author of Scent of Lilacs takes us back to Hollyhill to check back in with Jocie Brooke and her family who are navigating life in the early 1960s. In Summer of Love, Gabhart weaves an eduring tale of small town people from a time gone by who are used to doing life always it had always been done. These simple folk are facing the tumultuous changes of life in the 60s and finding meaning and truth in the process. We enter the story from the perspectives of Jocie, a fourteen year old girl coming of age; and her father David the town newspaper editor and preacher, whose past and future finally find resolution, despite quite a few obstacles.

The story is about belonging. Jocie's mom left when she was younger taking her older sister with her. In Scent of Lilacs, her pregnant sister returns to Hollyhill looking to reunite with her family but is sure no one would want to be involved with a single mother with a interracial child. Jocie's dad is the town newspaper editor and pastor of the local church. Still hurt by the sudden departure of his wife years ago, David Brook has found a reason to hope for happiness again, but will he accept that his is worthy of that love?

Summer of Joy is the tale of three, once-bitten twice shy individuals are all learning how to overcome insecurities and trust that they can find love and belonging once again.

I really like this series from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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