The Scent of Lilacs (The Heart of Hollyhill Book #1)

The Scent of Lilacs (The Heart of Hollyhill Book #1)

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by Ann H. Gabhart
     
 

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Jocie Brooke has never wanted for love, despite the fact that she hardly remembers her mother. Jocie's father, preacher David Brooke, has done his best to be both father and mother to his daughter. Even Jocie's spinster Great-aunt Love, who's slowly going senile, cares for Jocie in her own stern way. But in their small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky, painful secrets lie

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Jocie Brooke has never wanted for love, despite the fact that she hardly remembers her mother. Jocie's father, preacher David Brooke, has done his best to be both father and mother to his daughter. Even Jocie's spinster Great-aunt Love, who's slowly going senile, cares for Jocie in her own stern way. But in their small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky, painful secrets lie just beneath the surface, and inquisitive spirits discover surprising truths. There's a reason why Aunt Love hides behind black dresses and a stoic countenance. And David takes his morning walks not just for quiet solitude, but to wrestle with the past.

Full of stories of lost loves and the trials of small-town living, this heartwarming novel explores the journey of faith and family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441204516
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Series:
Heart of Hollyhill , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,214
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Now an established author, Ann H. Gabhart's earliest publications were in periodicals such as HomeLife. Since then she has published a number of adult and young adult novels with several different publishers. The author of A Forbidden Love and A Heart Divided, Ann and her husband live a mile from where she was born in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.
A. H. Gabhart is the author of Murder at the Courthouse and Murder Comes by Mail. As Ann H. Gabhart, she is the bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, several Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. Ann grew up in a small Kentucky town much like Hidden Springs, and today she and her husband live on a farm nearby. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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Scent of Lilacs 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 98 reviews.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Lovely cover, even better story! This is one of those books I actually wanted to read just because I liked the cover so well. Of course it didn't hurt that it was written by Ann Gabhart, I have read and enjoyed several of her Shaker novels. Based on the cover I thought I was going to get a Young Adult coming-of-age type story with a little mystery, all set in a Mayberryesque town. I was very pleasantly surprised to find so much more than that. This story is primarily from Jocie's viewpoint, though her father, David is a close second. While not in the first person we get to see glimpses into the heads of several characters, Tabitha, Aunt Love etc. I normally find skipping viewpoints a bit of a pain in the neck to read but I didn't with this book, in fact I liked it much better that way, the author switched viewpoints very cleanly and nicely. Each of these characters has a story to tell and secrets to keep. I really liked Jocie and David, they were real people with real problems. I found myself wanting to drop in on an evening to say hello and talk about the latest issue of The Banner. I enjoyed the way that Ann Gabhart manages to span the generations, accurately portraying the thoughts and feelings of each. This book was quite a switch from the norm in fiction. Often the father is a stumbling block, the characters equate their flawed father with the Heavenly Father, thus having an even more difficult time coming to Him. This couldn't be any different from Scent Of Lilacs, David's love for Jocie and even long lost Tabitha, despite betrayal, rumors, secrets, and revelations, is beautiful. He emulates the true love of our Heavenly Father. There were also some very poignant thoughts on prayer, everything from Jocie's childlike belief that God will answer her Sister-Prayer and Dog-Prayer, to David's inner thoughts on how we treat prayer and miracles in our own lives. This really made me think about my own prayer life, how I can, and should believe that God really can do the things He did in Bible times. Can and even still does. Well-written in every way, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a sweet story with a little mystery and some surprises. Note: While this looks like it could be a kids books, it really isn't. Due to some of the topics and language (it is used in the proper context) I would suggest this book for ages 16+, depending on the young person. (I received this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very delightful book. It centers around 13 yr. old Jocie who lives in a small town. I thought this book was going to be just an "everyday living" kind of book but it ended up having some suspense in it. There are secrets within Jocie's family that I never saw coming. I like when books have a little twist to them. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more books by this author. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
strgth4yu More than 1 year ago
Scent of Lilacs, by Ann H. Gabhart was an overhelming, touching story about a young girl named Jocie. The story takes place in 1964, in an small town in Hollyhill, Kentucky. True-to-life struggles, family past, and many other discoveries that changes the life of Jocie. This book talks about forgiveness, trusting, and accepting of life situations. How trusting in God will bring you forward into a life of many surprises. I totally recommend this book.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
review I have so enjoyed this book, I love the character of Jocie- she makes me smile, laugh, and cry at times! In 1964,I was 13yrs.old,also, so I could relate to some of the history in the country in the story at that time. I love the characters of Aunt Love, she always had a scripture quote for everything! I cried with her at the cave, when they found the baby skull! All the characters were so real, I feel like I know them quite well,now-not to mention Joice's dad-David, and Wes-he's a character, and Zella! Those characters,including Jocie really impressed me. And..I just loved Zeb-well,I am a dog lover. Ann really describes a dog like Zeb so well,I could picture him so vividly-I was smiling the whole time, that I read about him in the story! I am just so glad the story continues into book 2, and I am ready to get started on it! Thank you, Ann..for a wonderful story, and wonderful characters!(less) comment · see review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good but not for me?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took me back to my childhood and made me miss when life was much more innocent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many plot spoilers including harriet klausner who is the worst. They all reveal too much of the story line and should be banned including and especially harriet klausner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved th characters. I got this book for free but bought the next two. I just wish there were more. Good clean books are hard to find.
Anonymous 9 days ago
I loved Jocie! So innocent, so sincere, so loving.
Anonymous 13 days ago
A great book.
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At first, I thought it was just a book for teens. As I got further into it I discovered that I really enjoyed it and wished it could have just gone on and on.
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25jump More than 1 year ago
Loved the story.  Just goes to show you that God is always there when you need him.  Jocie is just like any child, she wants answers, there are things that she remembers but still needs answers. .  Hope to read the rest of  her books.
Mary17 More than 1 year ago
Good Read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my introduction to novelist, Ann Gabhart.  She has already become  one of my favorite writers.  A very moving story that takes place in the sixties with many twists and turns. Josie is a most endearing character.  You can't help but fall in love with her. A must read, you'll love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down!
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Loved the story line reminding us to keep faith and love family.
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