• Title: Orchard of Hope
  • Author: Ann H. Gabhart
  • ISBN: 9780800731694
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • Orchard of Hope Before Ann H Gabhart s much loved Shaker novels and her popular Angel Sister became bestsellers she wrote three poignant novels centered on the lovable Jocie Brooke and her family who live in small
    Before Ann H Gabhart s much loved Shaker novels and her popular Angel Sister became bestsellers, she wrote three poignant novels centered on the lovable Jocie Brooke and her family, who live in small town Kentucky In Orchard of Hope it is 1964, and 14 year old Jocie Brooke is about to have an unforgettable summer Her father has found a new love, her hippie sister is aboBefore Ann H Gabhart s much loved Shaker novels and her popular Angel Sister became bestsellers, she wrote three poignant novels centered on the lovable Jocie Brooke and her family, who live in small town Kentucky In Orchard of Hope it is 1964, and 14 year old Jocie Brooke is about to have an unforgettable summer Her father has found a new love, her hippie sister is about to have a baby, and her aunt is finally a pleasure to live with When a new black family from Chicago moves into the quiet hamlet of Hollyhill, Jocie finds herself befriending the people that some townsfolk shun Due to the unspoken racial lines in this southern town, the presence of these newcomers sparks a smoldering fire of unrest that will change Hollyhill and Jocie forever.Orchard of Hope, the riveting sequel to 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.

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    1. I kept Jocie's story going in this book. All three of my Hollyhill books are stand-alone stories, but if you want to read them all, I'd suggest reading them in order. I brought in some new characters in this one and let Jocie see what the Civil Rights movement in the sixties was all about. I loved one of my viewpoint characters, Cassidy, in this book.

    2. Public library copy. I read a paperback edition with this cover. This is the second in the Hollyhill series. I read the first, Scent of Lilacs, last year. I plan to read the third, Summer of Joy, immediately after Orchard of Hope.I just love the author's style of writing in this series. I love the character of Jocie, who is central to the series, along with her father, David, the preacher. There are plenty of other characters to keep the story moving along, and enough action to keep the reader f [...]

    3. Title: Orchard of Hope (Hollyhill Series #2)Author: Ann H. GabhartPages: 412Year: 2013Publisher: RevellI 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 [...]

    4. I greatly enjoyed the first book in the Heart of Hollyhill Series, "The Scent of Lilacs", and so it was with great anticipation that I picked up the next book, "Orchard of Hope". I was certainly not disappointed! As I've said in other reviews, I'm a sucker for books where the main character is a child or teen and their innocence is tested against the heartbreak that they find as they emerge into adulthood. Jocie is a wonderful character who breathes with life and a sense of justice that is refre [...]

    5. The second book in the Heart of Hollyhill is just as though provoking as the first one, The Scent of Lilacs. Ann has created a lovely community with all the elements that exist in any close knit community of my acquaintance. From the tolerant people to the narrow minded and every one inbetween this is what makes the world go 'round. How we accept them and their views, how we react is our own responsibility. I fell in love with Jocie, the girl in Scent of Lilacs whose prayers God answered. Althou [...]

    6. "Orchard Of Hope" by Ann H. Gabhart gets 5 stars from me. I wanted to read this book because it is the second book in the Hollyhill Series and I was given the first book "The Scent Of Lilacs" for a review and when I start a series I need to read the whole series, it is like an obsession with me. I looked for this book till I finally found a library i could borrow it from and have to say it was worth the looking. Orchard Of Hope starts right where "The Scent Of Lilacs" leaves off. This book has m [...]

    7. A Good ReadHollyhill is the kind of town I would have liked to grow up in. I think about a small southern town and think how great it was for Jocie to know every body in town and to be known by all. She had a momma who was tired of being held down by a man she didn't love and children she didn't want. The only thing she did want was to be gone. She left in the middle of the night. Her husband, David, often wondered why she left. In Orchard of Hope we find out what it was like for Tabitha when sh [...]

    8. This is the 2nd book in The Heart of Hollyhill series. It picks ups shortly after the first book, The Scent of Lilacs, left off.It is the summer of 1964, and it's going to be an unforgettable one for Jocie, who will be turning 14 soon. Her father, a pastor and the owner of the towns weekly newspaper, has found a new love, her unmarried hippie sister is about to have her baby, and Aunt Love has softened and is easier to live with.When a black family moves into the quiet hamlet of Holly County, Ke [...]

    9. Interesting Read!Orchard 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 [...]

    10. As an editor I rarely give reviews. If you are looking for something from my 'day job' then be aware there are a few small issues, though nothing to prevent you from enjoying this series. In just about a year's time Jocie Brooke grows emotionally from a child to a delightful young woman. One who manages to stay true not only to her faith in God, but to herself along the way. Each story of this series brought me smiles, and happiness. I enjoyed the commentary of each character as they went throug [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this book about racial unrest/bigotry in the South during the time of the Freedom Train. Several plots immerge: unwed mom's pregnancy, relationships between a teen and several of her elders, influence of the Klu Klux Klan, running a weekly newspaper,how the church responds to the race issue, and a romance for a couple single adults. The main character, Jocie, is a very industrious teen who helps at the newspaper, interacts with several of her elders in close-knit relationships, [...]

    12. Well, if I thought book 1 of this series was good, book 2-Orchard of Hope is super-good! I enjoyed all the characters in this book,esp.Wes, Jocie,Miss Sally and Mr.Harvey stand out. The town of Hollyhill went thru a lot during the early Sixties,and the message throughout the book was about hope and forgiveness-I guess you can't have one without the other when it comes to people and the way they are.Also, hope and forgiveness esped a big dose of love, such as Miss Sally had,and she had plenty to [...]

    13. The author pens a good story that takes place in 1964. This was a time when discrimination was especially difficult for people of color in the south. Jocie was a very likeable character who faced some tough situations for such a young girl. Considering the trails that she thrown her way, she handled them quite well. I'm not sure why I had a tough time with this novel. I absolutely loved, The Scent of Lilacs, the first book in this series. But, sadly this story fell flat and seemed to move too sl [...]

    14. The second book of this trilogy was very thought provoking. In 1964 I was too young to realize what was happening in Birmingham. Because of this book I have researched more to learn about that period of time in our country. I am looking forward to reading the third book of this well written trilogy.

    15. I absolutely loved this book, the second in the Hollyhill series. Such wonderful characters and such a beautiful story, filled with love. Very much Christian fiction as it should be. Reminded me a bit of Jan Karon's Mitford series, but better in my opinion. Can't wait to start the third in the series.

    16. I love the series. The community of Hollyhill is a typical friendly community. I like how the author brings in the racial tension of the times. I think it's a good reminder that just because you were raised to believe in a certain way doesn't mean you believe that way all your life. I like to come in town didn't let the hate group overtake their town.

    17. The second in a series, by an author with whom I was unfamiliar. Gabhart has created a cast of characters in whom I believe, as I rarely have in recent years. Beautifully written, realistic in detail and emotion. I'm looking forward to the final installment of this excellent trilogy.

    18. This is the follow up book to The Scent of Lilacs--and an even better story that the first. Good characters, interesting plot--I really enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading the last book of the series.

    19. I enjoyed Orchard of Hope even more than The Scent of Lilacs. Jocie deals with much bigger issues and learns that bad things happen, even in small towns. The ending will leave you in tears and definitely leave a lasting impression.

    20. Powerful book. Loved it even more than the first book in the series. The characters are wonderful, the story real without using shock value. It stays true to its Christian roots and unconditional love message. Definitely a must read.

    21. What a wonderful book! I didn't think Ann Gabhart could surpass Scent of Lilacs, but this story is even more thought-provoking. Beautifully written with memorable characters, set in a particularly turbulent time, Orchard of Hope is a book to savor. I highly recommend it.

    22. WonderfulWhat a great book. I love the characters and all their nuisances. I love the family is not a traditional one. Much like families now. With all that happens they grow closer to the Father and each other.

    23. Feel good!This is one of those warm "feel good" stories, in spite of the tragedies. All things worked out in the end, through faith and love of God.

    24. I liked this book but not as much as I'd hoped to, yet in some ways it was better than I expected. So I'll have to take some time to think about it before I write a review. :)

    25. Another book about the south - this one in the 1960's with civil rights issues that a church will have to deal with.

    26. Loved this just as much as the first book. This one has different themes (including ones very relevant today) and is just as interesting.

    27. Great follow-up book to the Scent of Lilacs. 1964 was a turbulent time in our country and Gabhart does a great job bringing that to this small Kentucky town.

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