Orchard of Hope: A Novel

Orchard of Hope: A Novel

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by Ann H. Gabhart
     
 

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Before Ann H. Gabhart's much-loved Shaker novels and her popular Angel Sister became bestsellers, she wrote three poignant novels centered on the lovable Jocie Brooke and her family, who live in small-town Kentucky. In Orchard of Hope it is 1964, and 14-year-old Jocie Brooke is about to have an unforgettable summer. Her father has found a new love, her

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Before Ann H. Gabhart's much-loved Shaker novels and her popular Angel Sister became bestsellers, she wrote three poignant novels centered on the lovable Jocie Brooke and her family, who live in small-town Kentucky. In Orchard of Hope it is 1964, and 14-year-old Jocie Brooke is about to have an unforgettable summer. Her father has found a new love, her hippie sister is about to have a baby, and her aunt is finally a pleasure to live with. When a new black family from Chicago moves into the quiet hamlet of Hollyhill, Jocie finds herself befriending the people that some townsfolk shun. Due to the unspoken racial lines in this southern town, the presence of these newcomers sparks a smoldering fire of unrest that will change Hollyhill--and Jocie--forever.

Orchard of Hope, the riveting sequel to Scent of Lilacs, takes readers along to experience unexpected love, fear, forgiveness, new life, and a deeper understanding of the value of each individual's story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800731694
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Heart of Hollyhill Series, #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,039,697
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as several other historical novels, including Scent of Lilacs, Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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Orchard of Hope: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Interesting Read! Orchard of Hope follows Scent of Lilacs with the continuing story of Jocie Brooke.   I found this book a little hard to get into also.  As the book gets deeper into the story line it really starts to pick up.  Jocie is finding out what life is all about.  There are good and bad situations as well as good and evil people. This story took me through some of the emotions I didn’t want to go through.  I was angry at the unfairness and the tragic incident that took place toward the end.   I will admit there were also tears.  Tears of sadness as well as tears of happiness. The joy of seeing God at work in several characters lives will bring the reader much peace and happiness knowing what forgiveness can do for situations that we face in life if we only trust and obey God. I am looking forward to reading Summer of Joy to find out what is in store for Jocie and her family.
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Adult I have all three of her books in this series She is a good author.
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Goobsmom More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the series, it was not what I expected, but it shows us that things aren't always what they seem, shows us acceptance and that we should do what is right. I especially liked the ending, I won't give it away, but it was very pleased with the results.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
Orchard of Hope by Ann H. Gabhart (Goodreads Author) 6448715 Janie R. Freeman's review Jul 26, 13 · edit 5 of 5 stars bookshelves: fiction-nonfiction-read Read from July 23 to 26, 2013 Well, if I thought book 1 of this series was good, book 2-Orchard of Hope is super-good! I enjoyed all the characters in this book,esp.Wes, Jocie,Miss Sally and Mr.Harvey stand out. The town of Hollyhill went thru a lot during the early Sixties,and the message throughout the book was about hope and forgiveness-I guess you can't have one without the other when it comes to people and the way they are.Also, hope and forgiveness esp.need a big dose of love, such as Miss Sally had,and she had plenty to inspire others, and give them hope, and others followed her example. I love the talk she gave to the people,after her brother, Mr.H
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1964 Hollyhill, Kentucky, fourteen years old Jocie Brooke makes friends with the new negro family from Chicago especially the son Noah Herndon nearest her age. However, Noah assumes that Jocie is a fake who thinks she knows black people and so has doubts about the friendship besides which he and his family know how the white hierarchy will react to a colored boy hanging with a magnolia.--------------------- Meanwhile Jocie¿s father David, owner and editor of the Hollyhill Barrier and a pastor argues for human dignity and rights. He is seeing someone for the first time since his former wife Adrienne left without a look back taking their older daughter then thirteen years old Tabitha with her. However, David shocks Noah and the townsfolk when he offers the lad a job at his newspaper. Even more stunning he invites the Herndons to attend the church where he serves as pastor as he believes God would want him to but his flock is not as tolerant.------------------ ORCHARD OF HOPE, the sequel to the insightful THE SCENT OF LILACS, is an interesting Christian historical family drama that focuses on race and family relationships during the civil rights movement. The cast is fully developed especially the Herndon and Brooke families. Although there are too many subplots taking away from the prime tale of the civil rights movement in a small segregated Kentucky town considering integrating schools especially since everyone knows the best teacher in town is a black woman, Ann Gabhart provides a strong inspirational look at a time of momentous change.-------------- Harriet Klausner