Book Review: The Scent of Lilacs by Ann H Gabhart…

The Scent of Lilacs, Hollyhill Series #1 
By: Ann H. Gabhart

 From the Publisher:
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?

A Good Spring Read: 

I had chosen this book because of the location, Kentucky, were my ancestors settled into for a number of generations, so I was hoping to get some insight in to how life could have been for my family during this time frame.  The small town feel in the story really added something extra for me.
When I read a book, I really pay attention to the background details the character experiences which would include smells of food or plants, landscaping, and descriptions of homes. Those things can really bring to life the story and bring me in to it as if I am there.

This book is set in the 1960’s in a small town in Kentucky. Jocie is a young girl who has some major changes in her family life and this book takes you on Jocie’s journey to truth. This book does start out a little slow but engulfs you later on, but for me it was hard to stay reading at first because I like action from the get go. I am not sure this book would really keep a teen or young adults attention for very long, but if they could enjoy the build up to the journey, they would really like it. The characters are believable and most of them likable. They each bring a lot to the story in their own rite. Jocie’s dad has his own struggles and secrets that Jocie needs to uncover about her family. Family can be tough and the journalistic Jocie sets out to learn some things. I don’t want to give spoilers away, but Jocie’s sister, who was taken away by their mother many years ago, shows up with an unexpected surprise. There are many unexpected happenings in this book.

Its a well written, pleasant, and interesting read. Take this book to your favorite quiet spot and be taken away to a small town full of mystery and surprises. Its a sweet and inspirational read.



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