Monday, December 9, 2013

Orchard of Hope

GIVEAWAY

GABHART, ANN H.
ORCHARD OF HOPE

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.

My Review:

 A book to be savored. Jocie is back and just as captivating. She made her debut in Scent of Lilacs where she stole my heart. No need to have read the first book to enjoy this one (though I bet you'll want to after you've finished Orchard of Hope!) Perfect title, by the way. Doesn't everyone need an orchard of hope? Love the imagery in that phrase. .

Jocie is in the thick of things when racial unrest reaches her small, peaceful town. Gabhart uses her earnest teen aged innocence has a sharp contrast to the brewing unrest swirling around her. But this isn't just Jocie's story. Gabhart allows other characters to share their point of view as the tensions in a complicated plot reach a startling crescendo.  A riveting read fueled with hope in the midst of the impossible.

Giveaway Opportunity

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Orchard of Hope please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, 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 December 15 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".

22 comments:

  1. Wow! Sounds great.
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com
    Thanks.

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  2. I've read Scent of Lilacs and loved. It's on my keeper shelf. Would love to read more about Jocie!
    Thanks, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. You'll definitely want to read more about Jocie. And I just read that the third in this series releases in a few weeks. Woohoo! good luck, Amy!

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  3. I can't wait to read this one. I love the title and the name, Jocie. In fact, that is the name I gave my newest little puppy.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oooh...what kind of puppy? I love dogs and that name is perfect for a pup -- and heroine Jocie wouldn't be offended at all that they share the same name. :-) Good luck Melanie.

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  4. I can't wait to read Jocie's story! I have just ordered a copy of SCENT OF LILACS and would love to win ORCHARD OF HOPE! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're going to love them both, Britney. Good luck!

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  5. Sounds like a rich read. I've never read anything by Ann before. I have added her to my wish list. Thank you for sharing!

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ooooh, Kelly -- she's an excellent read. You're going to love her books. Good luck!

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  6. Sounds like one I'd really like. Count me in, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  7. I think I might have a copy of Scent of Lilacs... will have to check my TBR stack! This sounds like a good read.

    pattymh20009at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's a great read, Patty. Good luck...and hunt down that copy of Scent of Lilacs!

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  8. The Scent of Lilacs is in my to read pile so it would be fun to continue Jocie's story in Orchard of Hope. I've read one of Ann's other books, Words Spoken True, that I really enjoyed.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Orchard of Hope.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. So excited for you to read Scent of Lilacs...you'll love it! Good luck, Pam!

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  9. Orchard of Hope looks very good! Please enter me.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. You're entered rubynreba! Good luck!

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  10. Yes I love Ann's books ... have read quite a few, started with "the outsider" and loved it. Yes I want to read more.... rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She's an awesome author, isn't she? Good luck, Becky!

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  11. You have the most interesting books! I would like to win Ann's Orchard of Hope. Thanks for entering me in drawing. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  12. Sounds great,,, truckredford at gmail dot com

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