The Scent of Lilacs

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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.

The Author

  1. Ann H. Gabhart
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    Ann H. Gabhart

    Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of many novels, including In the Shadow of the River, When the Meadow Blooms, Along a Storied Trail, An Appalachian Summer, River to Redemption, These Healing Hills, and...

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"The Scent of Lilacs is a well written Christian historical family drama that sub-genre will deeply cherish. Jocie is a great inquisitive young teen struggling to understand the dynamics that engulf her in a shroud. Ann. H. Gilbert provides an inspirational family drama."--Harriet Klausner,

"Ann H. Gabhart is a wonderful inspirational author. The Scent of Lilacs is a novel full of secrets, ones that may be better left uncovered, and what happens when they see the light of day."--Sherri Myers,

"Set in the hot and humid, slower-paced summertime days of 1964 Kentucky, The Scent of Lilacs is a novel full of secrets. Ann H. Gabhart is a wonderful inspirational author and one I would enjoy reading again."--Sherri Myers,

"This was a wonderful book."-- Patsy Glans, The Road to Romance

"I loved this story of life in a small town. The author's ability to let the reader know exactly what her characters are thinking brings out the spiritual struggles that began taking shape in the 1960s across the United States, and ultimately, the world. Her ability to weave the various story lines into a cohesive story is outstanding."