Sunday, March 17, 2013

Scent of Lilacs By Ann Gabhart GIVEAWAY!

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.
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Ann H. Gabhart started writing when she was ten and has been writing ever since. Her first published writings were personal experience pieces, youth stories, and poems in church periodicals such as HomeLife. Her first novel, a historical romance about the settling of Kentucky, was published by Warner Books in 1978. Since then, she's published numerous books for both adults and young adults. The Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books in Christian Fiction in 2006 by Booklist magazine. Her first Shaker book, The Outsider, was a finalist for Christian Fiction Book of the Year in 2009 and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine.

Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband, Darrell, a bass singer in the Patriot Quartet, have three children and nine grandchildren. Her website is

I read the Scent of Lilacs back in 2005 and I loved it then and it was just as good the second time around.
Ann can write a fantastic story that keeps you turning pages. This book not only has  some humor it has the best characters, it has true life struggles that you will not want to miss.
I found the character Jocie Brooke ( I love that name) to be someone that I could be a real friend to.
Ann wrote this story based in Kentucky which was great for me, I am a wildcat fan and I lived in Kentucky for some time.
I recommend this book and I gave it 4 stars

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher


  1. I have not read any of Ann's books yet but I think that will change. This one sounds really good and fun. It is good to have a change of pace eer so often from those books that are deep. Added this to my wishlist

    Thanks Mary, great review

    Cathy Weber

  2. Another great review and looks like a great book.

  3. I have a copy of this book, and I'm looking forward to reading it! Thanks for a great review, Mary!

  4. I love your books and would be tickled to win this one, thanks for the chance
    Shirley Blanchard

  5. Oh Mary, I love Ann. Sure want this book of hers. Please put me in the drawing. Thanks.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  6. I can't wait to read this book Ann write the Quaker books and I really do enjoy them. Thanks for telling me about this book. You are the best.

  7. This sound like a book that I would really enjoy reading. Awesome review Mary.

  8. Well you know I really love Ann Gabhart and I think I read this book years ago like you Mary but the cover was not the same. I want to read it again now that you have brought it to my mind. Thank you for your review.

  9. Would love to read this.I seen it at the book store the other day and wanted it.Thanks for the chance Mary.Great review.

  10. I've read most of Anne's Shaker books. Would love to read thi series as well. As always great review. Blessings, Susan Fryman

    1. Susan, You are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  11. I have read many of Anne's books and loved them. I know I would love to read "Scent of Lilacs." So, I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed !!!!
    Blessings, Kristin keithkrisjager[at]aol[dot]com

  12. This book sounds really interesting, I think I have read one of Ann's books before. great review mary.