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.
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.
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