March 01, 2017

In the Light of the Garden by @heatherburch @NightOwlReviews #BookReview

In the Light of the Garden is a novel about unearthed family secrets, the enchantment of past loves, and the indelible power of forgiveness.

Inheriting her grandparents’ island estate on Florida’s Gulf coast is a special kind of homecoming for thirty-one-year-old Charity Baxter. Raised by a narcissistic single mother, Charity’s only sense of a loving home comes from childhood summers spent with Gramps and Grandma. But piercing her fondest memories is her sharpest grief—the death of her beloved grandmother, when Charity stopped believing in the magical healing power of the weeping willow that still casts a shadow on their property.

Now that Charity has returned, she’s full of longing and regret, until she befriends her neighbor Dalton Reynolds, who has come to Gaslamp Island carrying his own heartache. As other exiles arrive—a great uncle harboring secrets, a teenage runaway—Charity begins to reconsider what makes a family. When her own estranged mother shows up in crisis, Charity is challenged to search her heart for forgiveness. But forgiving herself may require a little magic from the last place she’d expect to find it.

Heather Burch is the bestselling author of the novels One Lavender Ribbon, Along the Broken Road, and Down the Hidden Path, as well as several acclaimed young adult novels. One Lavender Ribbon was in the top 100 bestselling books of 2014 on Amazon. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Booklist, Romantic Times, and Publishers Weekly. Heather’s deeply emotional novels explore family, love, hope, and the challenges of life. She tells unforgettable stories of love and loss—stories that make your heart sigh. Heather lives in southern Florida with her husband and has two grown sons who are the light of her life.

I have been a fan of Heather's since her Halflings series! And I have to say that over the years her stories have only gotten better! I was so excited to get my hands on this one and man I wasn't disappointed in any way! 
The descriptions, characters, and even the setting make this book come alive for the reader! I couldn't put it down.  I love how even the the old weeping tree really felt like a character in this story!  It is one that I could see playing on the Hallmark channel sometime very soon!  This is a great book for this spring/summer. Its full of hope and well wishes and just so good!  It will lift your spirits and you won't be able to put it down.  I don't want to go into to much as I don't want to give things away.  But Charity is a wonderful character, she was relatable wonderful while still being flawed. Dallas on the other hand was a great hero and well I know he is going on the list of book boyfriends lol.  Beautifully written this book will knock your socks off! 

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