In the Light of the Garden is a novel about unearthed family secrets, the enchantment of past loves, and the indelible power of forgiveness.
Inheriting her grandparents’ island estate on Florida’s Gulf coast is a special kind of homecoming for thirty-one-year-old Charity Baxter. Raised by a narcissistic single mother, Charity’s only sense of a loving home comes from childhood summers spent with Gramps and Grandma. But piercing her fondest memories is her sharpest grief—the death of her beloved grandmother, when Charity stopped believing in the magical healing power of the weeping willow that still casts a shadow on their property.
Now that Charity has returned, she’s full of longing and regret, until she befriends her neighbor Dalton Reynolds, who has come to Gaslamp Island carrying his own heartache. As other exiles arrive—a great uncle harboring secrets, a teenage runaway—Charity begins to reconsider what makes a family. When her own estranged mother shows up in crisis, Charity is challenged to search her heart for forgiveness. But forgiving herself may require a little magic from the last place she’d expect to find it.
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About the Author
Heather Burch is the bestselling author of the novels One Lavender Ribbon, Along the Broken Road, and Down the Hidden Path, as well as several acclaimed young adult novels. One Lavender Ribbon was in the top 100 bestselling books of 2014 on Amazon. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Booklist, Romantic Times, and Publishers Weekly. Heather’s deeply emotional novels explore family, love, hope, and the challenges of life. She tells unforgettable stories of love and loss—stories that make your heart sigh. Heather lives in southern Florida with her husband and has two grown sons who are the light of her life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"If we don't forgive ourselves, we're ruined an we're no good to anyone." "Unforgiveness is an anchor.It will tie you to the pain with a chain too thick to break." This is the mantra of this beautifully written book. The novel centers around a willow tree, and the people who either love or fear it's mystery. I cried, I laughed while reading, and realized the words in this wonderful story are words we should all live by. Everyone needs to read this exquisite novel!
Will you come, sit with me We'll tell our troubles 'neath the tree The tears we shed will surely be Water for the Weeping Tree. And in its shade our woes will fall. Pain and suffering, sorrow and all They'll fall like glistening diamond drops. You see, the tree, our pain, it stops. This is a poem from the book that I fell in love with. It is a magical journey to have read this. Heather Burch takes us on an emotional ride that will touch your heart and your soul. It touched mine. You can relate to this story in some way or another. This book will grab onto you from the beginning and never let go. You will remember it forever. This story brought forth such a multitude of emotions. At once heartbreaking and heartwarming. Full of loss, sorrow and regret, but also of redemption. At its very core, is forgiveness, something that we all know can be hard to do.However, do it we must, so that we can move on from the pain that not forgiving causes us. It is about love lost and love found. Love of friends and family despite our differences. This is a magical story, it is a very special gift. Heather Burch is a master storyteller of the highest caliber. This book is so incredibly well written and it will move you. It made me cry and made me laugh. It also made me reflect. Heather Burch will make you feel. The characters are richly developed and you will grow to love them. They will become like family to you. The flow of the story is simply amazing. Here are a few quotes that I loved: "That's the thing about when our past catches up to us. We don't get to choose what stays behind and what follows us." "Forgiveness is rarely deserved. That's what makes it such a gift." "It was a garden song that would continue to serenade. It was a sanctuary for some, a second chance for others. But for all, it was a promise. And it was hope. And hope was the light of the world, where no darkness could penetrate." Thank you Heather Burch for trusting me with this amazing story. I highly recommend this book to all. It will take you on a journey that will leave you breathless.