When the Meadow Blooms

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Hope blooms at Meadowland

If any place on God's earth was designed to help one heal, it is Meadowland. Surely here, at her brother-in-law's Kentucky farm, Rose and her daughters can recover from the events of the recent past--the loss of her husband during the 1918 influenza epidemic, her struggle with tuberculosis that required a stay at a sanatorium, and her girls' experience in an orphanage during her illness. At Meadowland, past troubles become rich soil in which faith can grow.

Dirk Meadows may have opened his home to his late brother's widow and her girls, but he keeps his heart tightly closed. The roots of his pain run deep, and the evidence of it is written across his face. Badly scarred by a fire and abandoned by the woman he loved, Dirk fiercely guards his heart from being hurt again.

But it may be that his visitors will bring light back into his world and unlock the secret to true healing.

Praise for the novels of Ann H. Gabhart

"Her best historical inspirational yet."--Publishers Weekly, starred review of Along a Storied Trail

"Absorbing."--Booklist on Along a Storied Trail

"Compellingly crafted."--Midwest Book Reviews on An Appalachian Summer

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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Praise for Along a Storied Trail

"Gabhart's skillful use of period details and the Appalachian landscape lend plenty of atmosphere to accompany the lessons of hope, compassion, and fortitude amid hardship. This is her best historical inspirational yet."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Gabhart crafts an absorbing story that deeply explores the rich tradition of storytelling."--Booklist

"Fabulous! This beautifully written book brings a little-known part of American history to life with characters so real they leap off the pages into readers' hearts and linger there long after the last page is turned. Along a Storied Trail is a story to savor, to ponder, and to read again and again."--Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of Dreams Rekindled

"Ann Gabhart has woven a tale of a feisty, endearing, and thoroughly memorable character, Tansy Calhoun, as she settles into her route as a WPA packhorse librarian in Depression-era Appalachia. Adventure, a romantic triangle (or two!), plus an unexpected natural disaster roil up, spilling into a dramatic, heart-pounding conclusion. Along a Storied Trail might be Gabhart's best book yet."--Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of The Moonlight School

"From the very first sentence of Along a Storied Trail, Ann H. Gabhart has hand-delivered a tale that will make readers feel right at home. With a voice that is every bit as distinct and special as Gabhart herself, the reader feels as though she's riding along with her new friend Tansy, seeing the beauty of Appalachia even amidst the hard times of the Great Depression, through loss and adversity. This is a story of resilience that is not only representative of the 1930s, but a story of resilience that we so deeply need in our times."--Susie Finkbeiner, author of The Nature of Small Birds and Stories That Bind Us

Praise for
An Appalachian Summer

"Gabhart takes readers to the majestic Kentucky mountains during the Great Depression in this enjoyable inspirational romance."--Publishers Weekly

"Another compellingly crafted romance from the pen of Ann H. Gahart, An Appalachian Summer deftly reveals what can happen when a young woman musters the courage to leave behind a restrictive past for a wide-open future of true love."--Midwest Book Reviews

"An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart is one adventurous historical romance. . . . Ann H. Gabhart knows how to grab my attention and keep me inside the story."--Urban Lit Magazine

"With its pastoral setting and reflective characters, this cozy read explores the uncertainty present in every new beginning."


"When the Meadow Blooms by Ann H. Gabhart is an engaging tale of heartache, first loves, and spiritual lessons that leave the reader entertained and educated."

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"When the Meadow Blooms is a touching, wholesome story about second chances and the possibility we all have for growth."

Manhattan Book Review