As summer draws to a close Jocie's world seems serene--but is it just the calm before a storm?
Unbeknownst to Jocie Brooke and her family, two people are making their way to the small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky. One everyone thought was gone for good and the other no one's ever heard of. Still, one thing is sure--they promise trouble. The past is coming to call, threatening to destroy strong relationships that everyone has simply taken for granted.
The summer of 1964 may be winding down, but the controversy in this little community where nothing ever seems to change is just heating up.
Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you to Hollyhill for a story both exciting and enduring that will stick with you long after you turn the last page.
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl,Scent of Lilacs, and Orchard of Hope. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.
MY THOUGHTS- Welcome back to Hollyhill in this new novel, Summer of Joy. If you have read the first book, The Scent of Lilacs, then you will recognize all the players as old friends. If you have not had the pleasure of reading the first one, I would urge you to as it may be difficult to keep track of everyone or toe realize what is going on at first. This is a book I found a little difficult to get into. Ann Gabhart writes some interesting characters but I almost felt like there were too many to keep track of. It is small town America for sure and you see the quirky characters who make up this town as they grow, marry, and yes even get upset at each other.
My favorite character was Jocie. She is so unassuming and yet so grown up. Working with her father at the newspaper office and getting to do interviews with people has made her older than her 14 years of age. I really liked her the most but I also liked Wes. He is very quirky with all his alien and earth talk but cute. Okay, maybe cute isn't the right word but he sure is sweet:) I disliked Adrienne but I guess at the end you see her life and why she made the choices she did. You also see the consequences of those choices. There are some funny parts in here but a lot of it is serious. Not quite depressing but we see how life was back then. Overall a good book that I enjoyed.
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