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June 3, 2013

Book Review: Scent of Lilacs

ORANGE — Life in a small town may appear unexciting to some but for Jocie Brooke, one summer experiences more excitement than normal.

Jocie is discovering more to her past than her father has told her.

The young girl is raised by her father with the aid of an aunt. There are times when one must wonder who is helping who as the aunt shows tell tale signs of  dementia, although did they call it that back in 1964?

David, the father, is a pastor and a newspaper owner.

Jocie matures through the story as the reader watches her change from a little girl at the beginning of the summer to a young preteen in the middle of summer.

Scent of Lilacs is the first in The Heart of Hollyhill series by Ann H. Gabheart, 346 pages, was released 2005 by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

The novel holds many surprises as the story unfolds, and family secrets are revealed.

The characters come alive and one can almost smell the scent of lilacs as they are reading.

Scent of Lilacs, an enjoyable book, promises the sequel to be even more delightful.

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