Sunday, March 23, 2014

Summer of Joy

In “Summer of Joy” by Ann H. Gabhart we are once again taken to Hollyhill, Kentucky. The year is 1964 and Jocie Brooke’s summer was an exciting time and her life kept on changing as the year kept on going. Her father, David, is a divorced preacher and editor of the town newspaper. Over the summer he fell in love with Leigh who happens to be much younger than he is. The summer of 1964 also brought Jocie’s sister Tabitha home. She left with their mother years earlier and wasn’t heard from too much since that time. This book opens up at Christmas of 1964 and Jocie’s father is trying to work up his nerve to propose to Leigh. He thinks he is too old for her and that she may regret marrying him. He especially doubts himself when another man shows interest in her. Tabitha is now raising her son who happens to be bi-racial. It seems there is always gossip going on regarding the Brooke family but the town still loves them and accepts them with all of their faults. It seems to be mostly smooth sailing as the year turns to 1965 and the family is planning a June wedding. However, Jocie’s mother is about to make a reappearance back into their lives. And then there is the trouble of someone stalking Leigh and trying to come between her and David. This man will go to extremes to get Leigh and once again Jocie’s life is in danger. Will the Brooke family find their happily ever after?

This is an amazing conclusion to the Hollyhill series. This book is wonderfully written and keeps you turning the pages wondering what will happen next. This series touches on several deep topics that in 1964 nobody wanted to talk about and it will make you wonder how you would have reacted in those situations. In this book we see how unconditional love and acceptance from God and our families help us when we don’t know which way to turn. I highly recommend reading “Scent of Lilacs” and “Orchard of Hope” first so that you get the full story of the Brooke family and the town of Hollyhill. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell through NetGalley.

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