Orchard of Hope by Ann H. Gabhart: A Review

 

Orchard of HopeIf you’ve never been to Hollyhill before, it’s high time you popped in. Jocie and company are back and things are heating up—and not just because it’s the hottest summer on record. Until Myra and Alex Hearndon and buy a farm, Hollyhill could pretend it didn’t have any problems with racism.  Myra Hearndon, the new comer with a chip on her shoulder the size of a boulder, is determined to force Hollyhill into a new era. When men start running around in white sheets and desegregation hits the local school tensions rise and the sleepy southern town has to wake up and make some tough decisions. Ann Gabhart is so good at whetting your appetite from the get go and keeping you in the story, that when you finally look up its 3 AM and the book is almost done.  Orchard of Hope is like that tall glass of water in the middle of a drought—you start with a sip and before you know it you’ve gulped it all down. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

The smoldering embers of unrest are stirring–and even Jocie’s sweet spirit can’t put them out.

It’s already been an eventful summer for Jocie Brooke. Little does she know, things have only just begun to heat up. Drought has gripped the quiet Kentucky town of Hollyhill and it seems as if everyone is waiting–for rain, for a fresh start, for the next step toward the future.

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.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

 

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