Scent of Lilacs

March 24th, 2013. Filed under: This & That.
Scent of Lilacs

By Ann H. Gabhart
After the summer of 1964, life for Jocie Brooke will never be the same.Life-changing events rarely happen in quiet Hollyhill, Kentucky, and when they do, they are few and far between. But for young Jocie Brooke and her family, they happen all at once during the humid summer of 1964. Though on the surface things are just fine, it seems like everyone in Jocie’s life has something they’re not saying, something they’re hiding from her-and from themselves. As Jocie digs into her family’s past, she stirs up a whirlwind of discoveries. Will she find the answers everyone so desperately needs? Or will her questions lead to truths better left hidden?

Combining unforgettable characters, true-to-life struggles, and the perfect dose of humor and nostalgia, this riveting story from bestselling author Ann Gabhart explores the very essence of new life and love.


The summer of ‘64 was a good time to be a thirteen year old girl. The late fifties and early sixties were a time of innocence that young girls no longer have in 2013

Life in small town mid-America can seem boring and humdrum – even when it isn’t.

Jocie’s sister Tabitha returned from California after being gone six or seven years. Then the secrets started coming out. Can Jocie deal with all of them? Some people are still trying to hide their secrets.

Sometimes secrets tear families apart. Sometimes they draw family bonds tighter. Sometimes they even create families.

I hate to tell you this, but I really didn’t like the way this book ended. My heart got tangled up with all these people in Hollyhill. I don’t want to be left with only assumptions. Ms Gabhart, please tell me you’re going to follow up with at least one more book set in Hollyhill. How will I know if Jocie ever popped Ronnie Martin a good one?

***A special thank you to Donna Hausler for providing a review copy.***


Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True,
The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile
from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at

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

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