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Into this tense haze of anticipation...
Into this tense haze of anticipation comes a new family, aiming to make a better life for themselves by planting an orchard on the outskirts of town. Fresh off the freedom train, Alex and Myra Hearndon are sensitive to what the color of their skin may mean in the segregated South. And even though Jocie quickly befriends the family, suspicion from both sides of the racial divide proves a formidable obstacle. Can Jocie help bridge the gap? Or will life in her quiet community fall apart at the seams?
Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Hollyhill for a gripping tale of unexpected friendship, forgiveness, and the bright promise of a new beginning.
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Scent of Lilacs. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.
Posted March 12, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2013
Orchard of Hope
by Ann H. Gabhart (Goodreads Author)
Janie R. Freeman's review
Jul 26, 13 · edit
5 of 5 stars
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
Posted December 9, 2008
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 KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.