Book Review #219: In the Light of the Garden


Author: Heather Burch

Genre: General Fiction

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing 

Date of publication: 10 January 2017

No. Of pages: 363

Synopsis: 

The only sense of a loving home for Charity Baxter came from the childhood summers  that were spent with her granparents on their estate on Florida’s Gulf coast. So inheriting the estate felt like a homecoming moment. But ehat she can’t reconcile with is the the magical healing power of the imposing 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. And she relearns the chalenges of a forgiving heart. 

Review: 

The book was surprisingly good. The plot was farely simple, but sometimes the most simplest of things leaves a greater impression behind. There was definitely plenty of drama to keep me engaged, but what I liked was the simple writing style and characters who seamlessly blended with the plot line and yet had a dimension that leaped off the pages. The ending did seem to taper off a bit when it comes to the level of engagement, but overall it still painted a picture of hope and serenity that the writer was trying to capture and convey. 

Though I loved the title, the cover image made little sense to me in terms of the plot. 

My opinion: Surprisingly a good book that doesn’t require too much off hardwork and focus. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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