Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Scent of Lilacs



Before Ann H. Gabhart became well-known for her much-loved Shaker novels, she wrote three poignant novels centered on the loveable Jocie Brooke and her family, who lived in 1960s small-town Kentucky. Once named as one of Booklist's Top Ten Christian Novels and now featuring a brand new cover, Scent of Lilacs is poised to capture the hearts of new readers everywhere. Life-changing events rarely happen here, and when they do, they are few and far between. But for Jocie Brooke and her family, they happen all at once. Jocie has questions that need answers. As she digs into her family's past, she finds a whirlwind of discoveries, and everything begins to change. In the end, will Jocie find the answers everyone so desperately needs, or will her questions lead to truths that were better left uncovered?

Combining unforgettable characters, true-to-life struggles, and the perfect dose of humor and nostalgia, this riveting story takes readers through the universal experiences of true love, new life, and renewed faith. With a beautiful new cover, Scent of Lilacs is poised to capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

My Review:

Simply stunning! Gabhart has a gift for transplanting her readers into another time and place. I was captivated with Jocie's story from the very first page and intrigued at the way the book piggybacks chapters from father and daughter's viewpoint. Both speak to us in first person and the author has done such an incredible job that I felt I had become a part of the Brooke family.

Jocie is engaging and funny and vulnerable -- a real ingenue. She stole my heart and messed with my emotions until I felt like I was riddled with those confusing teenage hormones all over again. She is brilliantly portrayed, as is her father. David Brooke's struggle to provide for his family while trying to come to terms with his past makes for a fascinating read.

Gabhart's writing is smooth and fluid and will melt in your mouth. You'll definitely want to savor every blessed word!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Scent of Lilacs , please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 24 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"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".


  1. Kav, i would love so much to win Ann's novel...thanks for the chance. Great review, as always.


  2. You're in the draw, Marianne. Good luck!

  3. I've read some of Ann's Quaker books, but none of this series. Thanks for the chance to win.


  4. Lilacs are my favorite flower so the title caught my eye! I have read all good review on this one.

  5. Patty, I hadn't read this series either. It's magical! Good luck!

    Rubynreba, I am so ready for lilacs to be in bloom up here in the great white north that I just kept looking at the cover to remind me what summer will look like! LOL. Good luck!

  6. I have loved every single book of Ann's that I have read. I would love to win a copy of Scent of Lilacs. I know this will be another great read. Also, isn't the cover beautiful?!

    Judy B

  7. I have been wanting to read this ever since it came out.


  8. Hi Kav would love to give this one a try so add my name to your list

  9. Thanks for the review of Ann's book. I really want this book so will you add my name to this give-away. Hope I'm luckier here than the other times. Love what I've read about this book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  10. Scent of Lilac sounds like one of those stories that stays with you long after you turn the last page. Please add me!
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  11. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  12. It definitely stays with you, Merry. Remembering it conjures up a mood and even the scent of lilacs. That's great writing. Good luck!

    You too, Karen!

  13. I'd love to be entered! I keep seeing mention of this book all over :)

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