Friday, July 22, 2016

A Haven on Orchard Lane

GIVEAWAY

BLACKWELL, LAWANA
A HAVEN ON ORCHARD LANE

An urgent escape...a wonderful heart...will Charlotte find the solace she longs for at the cottage on Orchard Lane?

Famed Actress Charlotte Ward stepped away from the Victorian London stage five years ago. Now in desperate circumstances, she tries to restart her career -- only to experience a complete collapse. Against her better judgment, Charlotte's estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother's rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village where her mother can evade the gossip columnists at least for a time.

Charlotte is grateful to re-establish even tenuous family ties with Rosalind. As one with regrets over her own romantic past, she's happy to see love blossom for her daughter. For Rosalind, however, it's time away from teaching, and now she must care for the mother who wasn't here for her. And what could possibly be more complicated than romance?

But there can be no permanent escape from the threats of recent months. As the privacy they seek is threatened, mother and daughter must make some difficult decisions -- ones that jeopardize those they care about most.

My Review:

I felt like weeping when I reached the last page! I so didn't want this read to be over. I just wasn't prepared to return to 21st century Canada any time soon. I'm still crashing in a major disgruntled sulk but I'll try to rally for the sake of the review.

This book isn't anything like I thought it would be. Don't you just love it when a novel surprises you in that kind of knock-your-socks off way? It's told from multiple points of view, though Charlotte and her daughter, Rosalind,  play major roles in everything that happens. It's like the house they rent on Orchard Lane becomes the crossroads for various characters. Lives collide and magic happens and Charlotte is at the helm. And I didn't expect that from her. Not after making her acquaintance in chapter one. But there's such a depth of spiritual wisdom and common sense hidden inside that woman -- I think she even surprises herself!

An estranged mother/daughter relationship has the chance at redemption -- a stirring tale all on its own. But this story isn't without a romance. A delicious. tentative, genteel one that develops from an unorthodox first meeting.  And be still my heart, the ladies of Orchard Lane are readers! It isn't long before Charlotte and Rosalind become enmeshed in the lives of some of the villagers. I fell in love with all the secondary characters -- a pair of raggedy brothers in particular. This is definitely a story about relationship and how we can shine the light of Christ through our actions.

An impactful novel that entertains as well as inspires.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

 GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  A Haven on Orchard Lane 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 July 24 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

47 comments:

  1. Cool another new author for me. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

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    1. This is the first book I have read by Lawana but it won't be the last. Good luck, Kim.

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  2. Lovely Cover and the book sounds great! I enjoy Lawana Blackwell's books. Thank You!
    karenskrayonsATgmailDOTcom

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  3. I love that cover!! And I love when a book surprises me! Thanks for the giveaway!

    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. The cover is exceptional, isn't it? Good luck, Just Commonly.

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  4. This book looks and sounds like a great read. I hope to win, but will read it eventually anyway. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

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  5. Oops, forgot my email address.
    princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. The cover is lovely and the story sounds wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway, Kav!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Britney. Good luck.

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  7. Sounds like such a great read! But those can never last for ever right? We all had to learn that the hard way :P

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. I know -- but I sure wish they could. Some days I like bookland better than reality. LOL Good luck, Samantha.

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  8. I read another one of Lawana Blackwell's books and loved it, so I know this one will be great! Lovely cover!! Becky lelandandbeckyatreagandotcom

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    1. I'm excited to get started on her other books. Good luck, Becky.

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  9. Kav, I love it when I'm deeply touched by a story. Lawana is a new-to-me author. Her stories sound like ones I would enjoy. Thank you for the wonderful review.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. They are the kind you lose yourself in. Good luck, Caryl.

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  10. sounds intriguing! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  11. This looks excellent, please include me, thanks for the offering Kav!

    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Tracey. Good luck.

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  12. Love this! "It's like the house they rent on Orchard Lane becomes the crossroads for various characters. Lives collide and magic happens and Charlotte is at the helm."
    I would like to win this print copy. Sounds so good and great cottage cover! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. I know -- I want to live on Orchard Lane!!!! Good luck, Kathleen.

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  13. This sounds great! I can't wait to read it for myself!
    J.C. -Indiana-

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  14. The lovely cover makes me want to read this book, but it's nice to know that the story inside is just as wonderful. Thanks for another great review and another book to add to my "want to read" list.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It's delicious inside out. Good luck, Pam.

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  15. There's so much I like about this book review, but I think my favorite is the name Orchard Lane. Sounds so quaint!
    Dianna -- dedezoomsalot AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I now, don't you want to live there? Good luck, Dianna.

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  16. Awesome review! It sounds like a book I'll love! Thanks for your generous giveaway.

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Heidi. Good luck!

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  17. I love, love, love multi-POV's. Random musing: Although I have some favorite authors that regularly write multi-POV's, one of my all-time favorite books with a multi-POV is a YA book called I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan. It was one of the most creative multi-POV books I have ever read. Random musing over. :) tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It's amazing how a lot of readers don't like multi-POV. I love them too...it has to be done well, like everything...but when it is I feel completely surrounded by the story...Not exactly explained well, but I can't think of the right word. Anyway -- I must check into that book you mentioned -- I'll Be There. Good luck, Terrill.

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  18. Mother daughter relationships can be very challenging and I think having multiple points of view adds a nice touch to any story. Thank you Kav, for another great review!
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. You're welcome, Diane. Good luck.

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  19. Kav, I enjoyed your review. It's been a while since I read a book by Lawana Blackwell, but I've enjoyed her writing in the past. This one sounds like a good one.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I feel like I've discovered a gold mine since this is the first book I've read by her. Good luck, Kay.

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  20. Thank you for a great review, Kav! This sounds like a must read!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  21. A book that makes you ugly cry a good one, that means the author did a bang-up job of investing, engaging and enthralling the reader! Bring on the tissues!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I think we avid readers should invest in Kleenex stock. LOL Good luck, Trixi.

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  22. Great review, sounds wonderful! I know I read one of the books in her Gresham Chronicles many years ago, not sure if I even read the whole series.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. My library has the Gresham Chronicles so I'll be reading those books soon. Good luck, Patty.

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  23. This sounds like a wonderful book. The cover looks like a Thomas Kinkade painting. Thanks for having the giveaway!

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh -- you're right, it does. Great observation, Rose. Good luck!

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  24. Yet another enthralling review, Kav!
    I am already falling in love with the ladies of the Orchard Lane!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. And you will fall in love with them, Janka. Good luck!

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