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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Scent of Lilacs

I had such a hard time getting into this book.

I'm not sure why, because I love Ann's books and have read several of them. This one just didn't work for me - I could not connect to the characters, though I tried hard.  While I can't put my finger on the exact issue of what it was that made me dislike this story, a big reason was that the plot was too complex for me to follow.

I found myself flipping through after page 65, to get to the "meat" of the story, because it felt like it was dragging for me. I think that I have been so spoiled by Ann's Shaker themed novels that it was difficult for me to like this book.

About The Book:

Before Ann H. Gabhart became well-known for her much-loved Shaker novels, she wrote three poignant novels centered on the loveable Jocie Brooke and her family, who lived in 1960s small-town Kentucky. Once named as one of "Booklist"'s Top Ten Christian Novels and now featuring a brand new cover, "Scent of Lilacs" is poised to capture the hearts of new readers everywhere. 

Life-changing events rarely happen here, and when they do, they are few and far between. But for Jocie Brooke and her family, they happen all at once. Jocie has questions that need answers. As she digs into her family's past, she finds a whirlwind of discoveries, and everything begins to change. In the end, will Jocie find the answers everyone so desperately needs, or will her questions lead to truths that were better left uncovered? 

Combining unforgettable characters, true-to-life struggles, and the perfect dose of humor and nostalgia, this riveting story takes readers through the universal experiences of true love, new life, and renewed faith. With a beautiful new cover, "Scent of Lilacs" is poised to capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

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

  Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.



Brooke said...

I've had a hard time getting into this one as well. Feel like I'm stalled out. I loved Words Spoken True, but this one hasn't captured me yet. Thanks for your review.

Cafe Lily Book Reviews said...

Angel Sister was one of my favorite books by Ann. I posted about that here: