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Drought has gripped the quiet Kentucky town of Hollyhill, and the town seems as if it is holding its breath--waiting. Jocie Brooke is nervous about starting high school. Her sister Tabitha is experiencing the weariness of waiting for a new baby. Her father David is feeling the timidity of those first steps toward true love. All of these pivotal steps in life are awaiting the Brooke family.
Number of Pages: 448
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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David, pastor of Mt. Pleasant Church, editor of the Hollyhill Banner newspaper, and active father of Jocie, is a busy man. His older daughter, Tabitha, returns home pregnant and unwed after a long period of estrangement. Then his main employee at the paper, Wes, is seriously injured in the tornado that destroyed Mt. Pleasant Church's building. And he is also romantically involved with Leigh, a beautiful woman from his congregation. Among his concerns are rebuilding the church after the trauma of the tornado, tending to Wes in his time of need, caring for both of his daughters as a single parent, and maintaining his relationship with Leigh; David is also forced to draw on his strong faith to deal with the issue of racial acceptance. Set in 1964 at the height of the Civil Rights movement and school integration legislation, Orchard of Hope becomes the stage for Mt. Pleasant's reaction to the arrival of the Hearndons the church's first black congregants.
No character in this book is perfect; each has his or her own flaws and difficult things to work through. However, Gabhart has provided many good examples of right conduct within her novel. Orchard of Hope is, first and foremost, a book about relationships. If the idea of a slow-paced, relationally-based book that deals with universal topics appeals to you, look no further. Meg D. R. Tepfer, Christian Book Previews.com
Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting Read!June 26, 2014Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Orchard of Hope follows Scent of Lilacs with the continuing story of Jocie Brooke. I found this book a little hard to get into also. As the book gets deeper into the story line it really starts to pick up.
Jocie is finding out what life is all about. There are good and bad situations as well as good and evil people.
This story took me through some of the emotions I didn't want to go through. I was angry at the unfairness and the tragic incident that took place toward the end. I will admit there were also tears. Tears of sadness as well as tears of happiness.
The joy of seeing God at work in several characters lives will bring the reader much peace and happiness knowing what forgiveness can do for situations that we face in life if we only trust and obey God.
I am looking forward to reading Summer of Joy to find out what is in store for Jocie and her family.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 20, 2014lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was born in the spring of 1961. The following fall of the same year our nation was devastated by the assassination of President Kennedy. As I read Orchard of Hope, which is set in the south during the sixties in a small town called Hollyhill; historical events mentioned in story reminded me of other life events. Here in this small town the schools are being desegregated. The population of the area is small enough where most people have known each other for decades.
One colorful character, Miss Sally, though in the twilight years of her life, has never married and is witnessing how the Lord gave her the greatest desire of her heart. Then there is Brother David whose firstborn daughter is about to give birth and that makes David feel old even though he isn't. I liked Leigh who is in her mid-thirties, never married, but has eyes for the one man in the whole town who makes her face turn the color of a rose when she sees him.
Outside the town limits an orchard of apple trees has been planted, but as the drought continues the concern for its output does as well. Perhaps on the night when a gang of bullies come to destroy the orchard and other places on the homestead, it is then that the whole town realizes evil is lurking right there to steal the joy. The first novel in the series is The Scent of Lilacs, which introduces to us the foundation of characters, plot and themes of the books. I have to commend Ann H. Gabhart for this particular story.
Being familiar with an author's many writings never seems to dull the appreciation of hard work done with prayer, wrapped in love. The themes of prejudice and how the Body of Christ should be different, but looks and sometimes acts just like anybody else highlights the need for a change of heart for God's people. The change of heart is what changes people and from there it flows out to the community and beyond. No way have I revealed everything in the book or shared all my thoughts about the story. All I can say is read the series, step back in time and be reminded of others who let God change them. They then go forth to point the way to be changed by the love of God.
JennaCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderfully written!January 1, 2014JennaCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ann Gabhart is such a beautiful writer. When it comes to quality of writing, Ann slides neatly into the same group as Lisa Wingate, as her words create clear pictures and a flow in the story that seems completely effortless. Reading books by Ann is akin to taking a breath of clean air - fresh and utterly satisfying.
Orchard of Hope is the sequel to Scent of Lilacs, and I thoroughly enjoyed the continuation. Jocie is as endearing as ever, viewing the world through her unique and introspective lens. Not one to shy away from tough topics, Ann brings the issues of racial discrimination and cruel judgment to the forefront of this book, aptly showing how God's love can change lives and bring people together even in the midst of such harsh adversity.
Orchard of Hope is a wonderfully written novel that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
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.
Foster3Ontario, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A need is met with an unlikely friendshipDecember 31, 2013Foster3Ontario, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5I have had the privilege to review other books by this author and have always found her to be extremely talented in plot development and character description. However, this book has to be the BEST yet!!!
The sentence on the back cover of the book describes it well: "The smoldering embers of unrest are stirring- and even Jocie's sweet spirit can't put them out." Jocie, the main character, has had an eventful summer. BUT, she doesn't realize that things in her town have just started to heat up. This small town, in Kentucky, Hollyhill, has had an extreme drought. Everyone in town is praying and dreaming of one thing- rain, looking for a fresh start and a positive look to the future.
A new family moves to town, attempting to make a fresh start and a better life for themselves, by planting an orchard on the outskirts of town. Alex and Myra have already gone through many hardships, all due to only the colour of their skin. Jocie is the first to befriend the family and accepts them for their true value, never thinking about the colour of skin. The rest of the town is not so accepting!! There begins to be unrest in this little town, as they have never had before. Disturbing events begin to occur, with even more threats being made! Can Jocie help this family, as well as her town, to ignore physical appearances and see them for who they truly are???
I found this to be a gripping tale. Unable to put this book down until finished, I was on the edge of my seat. The plot has many twists and turns that are all connected in the main theme. I felt the fear, the cruelty, and the kindness , all visible in this story. The characters became very much a part of me.They were realistic and had so many problems, that many suffer , due only to the colour of their skin. It makes you really examine your beliefs and faith. How would God handle this situation?? Would He care about their colour? Can a young girl change the set thinking of the people of Hollyhill? Only God can truly change a person. The question is, will these folks listen to that quiet , still voice?
LOVED this book!! Definitely a five star book!! Don't miss reading this one!
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A book to be savoredDecember 9, 2013KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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.
"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".