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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.
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Publication Date: 2007
Orchard of Hope, the riveting sequel to The Scent of Lilacs, takes readers along to experience unexpected love, fear, forgiveness, new life, and a deeper understanding of the value of each individual's story.
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