Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Scent of Lilacs by Ann Gabhart *Review

Since moving to Kentucky, Ann Gabhart has risen to be one of my very favorite authors! Many of her books are set in Kentucky and I just love it.

Scent of Lilacs started out with a feel of Winn Dixie to be quite honest. Jocie is the daughter of an interim pastor, her mother having left when she was young. Jocie has been praying for a dog and her prayer is answered with a mangy, ugly dog named Zebedee. The church is voting to keep Jocie's dad, David on as full time pastor. He hasn't had a full time position since his wife Adrienne and oldest daughter Tabitha left him in the middle of the night, 7 years ago. In a small town like Hollyhill, personal issues become town news.

The story starts to unfold, and delves much deeper than a Winn Dixie feel. The quaint, small town has secrets and those start to open up. Life struggles start to creep in and open up old wounds. Then Tabitha returns, 20 years old, not the young 13 year old who left in the middle of the night. A California dreamer, Tabitha is in for an eye awakening experience returning to Hollyhill.
The characters in the story may seem basic on the outside, but Ann Gabhart has a way of making the ordinary, interesting! Their back stories come through and you can see how they ended up being the person that they are today.

This novel was very touching, and showed the depth of family love, regardless of blood ties. It also showed how families can be diverse like with Jocies. She has her dad, great aunt, and sister who has been gone for 7 years. Through in Wes who claims he is from Jupiter, and a woman Leah with a love interest in her Dad and  you have a quirky, yet unforgettable story!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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