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Review and Giveaway: Summer of Joy Ann H. Gabhart March 24, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 9:43 am
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Summer of joy

Summer of Joy


Ann H. Gabhart


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.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is a book that took me a few chapters to really get into but once the book grabbed me I didn’t want it to let me go.

There are many different characters in this story and you will be in the head of a lot of them. It think that’s why it took me a while to get into it, the first few chapters I was in a different person’s head and didn’t connect with any of them right away.

This is the third book in a series and there are a few references to things that took place in the other books but once I got a grasp on what was happening in this book I had no problem absorbing this charming set of characters and the intriguing plot.

I really liked the mystery behind Mr. Hammond who is Jocie’s English teacher and seems to have it out for her and have a thing for Leigh, David’s (Jocie’s dad) girlfriend/fiancé. What’s going on with him?  Why does he seem to be targeting Jocie and her family?

Then there are people from the past who have the potential to show up in Hollyhill and shake things up. What will happen to the characters we have come to love once they come and bring their baggage with them?

This story is full of broken people who need a Savior. God’s grace is all over this book and great example of how each of us need to  extend that grace to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Leave a comment by March 30th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win this book for yourself. (U.S. residents only)

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Ann’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


12 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Summer of Joy Ann H. Gabhart”

  1. Amyc Says:

    I LOVE this series. Reading book 2 at the moment and can’t wait to get into Summer of Joy. Ann is such a fun author!
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  2. Pam K. Says:

    I read the first book in this series, The Scent of Lilacs, and really enjoyed the characters. I’m wanting to read the other books so it would be great to win Summer of Joy here. Thanks for the chance!

  3. Hi Melissa. Good review. I’m betting might be Joce’s mom and a sister. Hate to have trouble come to town. Thanks for giving me a chance to win one of Ann’s books. Wish I had them all. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  4. Melanie Backus Says:

    Great review, Melissa, thank you! I have not read any books in this series but would certainly like to change that. Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  5. Lady DragonKeeper Says:

    I haven’t run across too many books set in the 1960s –thanks for the chance to win! It sounds interesting. =)

  6. kellysshining Says:

    I am reading “The Scent of Lilacs” right now and I have “Orchard of Hope” for my next read. I just love a story that takes me into the summer whether it is a time I lived or a time I would enjoy visiting. 🙂 Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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