Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Summer of Joy By Ann Gabhart

For Jocie Brooke, the summer of 1964 certainly was eventful, but it's nothing compared to what's coming to Hollyhill, Kentucky, and the Brooke family next. The past is coming to call, threatening to destroy the relationships that everyone thought were so strong. Two people--one thought to be gone for good and the other no one's ever heard of--are making their way to the small town. And it promises trouble for everyone.

This complex and beautifully written story is the perfect conclusion to The Heart of Hollyhill series. With true-to-life family drama, refreshing humor, and characters readers have come to love like dear friends, Summer of Joy will delight Gabhart's fans.

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Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. She's published over twenty-five books for both adults and young adults. Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as a Top Ten Books in Christian Fiction by Booklist magazine. Her first Shaker book, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year 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 have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann loves hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dog, Oscar. Her website is

I have read many of Mrs. Gabhart's books, in fact I loved her Shaker books. So I did not know what to expect with this contemporary fiction book.
It was slow starting out, but the characters star to develop on into the book.
I love that it was set in Kentucky being from West Virginia and Kentucky that made me happy.
Hollyhill, Ky would be a great place to live.
Mrs. Gabhart, really did a great job with Jocie and her family in this last book in the series.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. Yet another great review Mary.

  2. I have this book! Haven't had a chance to read it yet but I am looking forward to doing so. I too have enjoyed Ann's Shaker books.

    Great review of Summer of Joy!

    Judy B

  3. Being from Kentucky, I too would like to read this book! Thanks again Mary for another great review!

  4. Sounds great. Would love to read tis book.

  5. I love Ann's books. She's a wonderful story teller. Thank you, Mary, for a chance to win a copy of her latest book, Summer of Joy.

  6. Ann is a great writer and a great writer writes great books. Thank you, Mary, for this wonderful review.

  7. Thank you,Mary,for the chance to read this intriguing book.

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

  8. I really enjoyed this book. I read Scent of Lilacs when it first came out, and again when it released again recently. Summer of Joy was just as enjoyable for me. I grew up during that time period, and could really relate to Jocie. Wonderful review, Mary!

  9. This book sounds very good!!

    Great review Mary!

    Cathy Weber

  10. Oh Mary. I love Ann and love her books. She is a sweet lady and deals with her mother's Alyzheimer's problem every day along with her sister. Please put my name in for a chance to win this book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  11. This sounds like an enjoyable story and series. Thank you for sharing your great review, Mary!