Review: Scent of Lilacs
After the summer of 1964, life for Jocie Brooke will never be the same.
Life-changing events rarely happen in quiet Hollyhill, Kentucky, and when they do, they are few and far between. But for young Jocie Brooke and her family, they happen all at once during the humid summer of 1964. Though on the surface things are just fine, it seems like everyone in Jocie’s life has something they’re not saying, something they’re hiding from her-and from themselves. As Jocie digs into her family’s past, she stirs up a whirlwind of discoveries. Will she find the answers everyone so desperately needs? Or will her questions lead to truths better left hidden?
Combining unforgettable characters, true-to-life struggles, and the perfect dose of humor and nostalgia, this riveting story from bestselling author Ann Gabhart explores the very essence of new life and love.
“Gabhart’s compelling characterization serves up a juicy slice of life in a small town where little is as it seems. Jocie’s conversational voice and quirky sense of humor are a delight.”-RT Book Reviews
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.
It took a little while for me to get into the book when I started reading it. But by the time I was a few chapters in, it got a little more interesting. Not my favorite book, but I would still recommend it to anyone that wants to read in inspirational book about the faith of a father and his teenaged daughter.
When Jocie starts to pray for a dog and for her sister to return home, she doesn’t think that her prayers would be answered so soon. So when a dog follows her home from the woods, she believes that God will answer her prayer for her sister to return home too.
What she doesn’t expect to find is a cave where someone tried to hide a newborn baby some forty years ago. After Jocie tells her aunt Love, her aunt goes to the cave and tells Jocie a story she has never heard before.
Will the love that surrounds Jocie be enough to help her through the things that get revealed to her in only a short period of time? Will she be able to trust her father after she learns the most devastating thing of all?