Friday, March 28, 2014

Summer of Joy - The Heart of Hollyhill 3 - by Ann H. Gabhart

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About the book:

As summer draws to a close Jocie's world seems serene--but is it just the calm before a storm?
Unbeknownst to Jocie Brooke and her family, two people are making their way to the small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky. One everyone thought was gone for good and the other no one's ever heard of. Still, one thing is sure--they promise trouble. The past is coming to call, threatening to destroy strong relationships that everyone has simply taken for granted.

The summer of 1964 may be winding down, but the controversy in this little community where nothing ever seems to change is just heating up.

Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you to Hollyhill for a story both exciting and enduring that will stick with you long after you turn the last page.

My review: 

This is a wonderful end to an enjoyable trilogy!  It was great catching up with Jocie and her family after having read book one, which I loved. Unfortunately, I haven't read book two yet, but I'm looking forward to it as it sounded like Jocie had another huge adventure.  One thing I thought was weird was the title.  Most of the book takes place from November to June and only the very end is in the summer.  I loved all of the quirky characters in this series and it was especially great to see Jocie's father's relationship progress with Leigh.  If anyone deserves to be happy, it's him.  I love his wise advice and how he tries to follow God in everything.  I loved that we got to see different characters' perspectives, but I loved Jocie's the best.  I really wish I could see Jocie as a grown-up because she'd be even more of a force to be reckoned with than she is at fourteen.  The story's well-written and kept my attention and I'm glad we got some closure.  I highly recommend this series!

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Scent of Lilacs, and Orchard of Hope. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at

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