Thursday, July 3, 2014

Love Comes Home by Ann Gabhart

I love being able to share with you my favorite writers. Friends, Ann Gabhart is at the top of that list. I fell in love with Ann's writing when I read, "Angel Sister", (check out my review). Ann took us back to Rosey Corner in, "Small Town Girl", (check out my review), and once again my heart was moved by these characters. Now we are blessed with the conclusion of this beautiful series with, "Love Comes Home". 

I love visiting Rosey Corner. It has become like home. A sweet vacationing spot. These characters seem like family. Yes, that's what you can expect when you choose a novel penned by Ann. When you pick up a book by Ann, you know without a doubt your heart is going to be moved. Emotions you've had tucked away are going to surface. 

World War II is ending. Everything is uncertain for this family. They seem to face one trial after another. This is real life for many of us. The Merritt sisters have become old friends. Kate, Evangeline, and Victoria. And Lorena is also part of the family. In fact, in many ways, she is what connects everyone. She is a keeper. A gift they never expected. But one that they loved from the very first moment they met. 

These sisters all face trial and change. Nothing is certain. Nothing remains the same. Yet, together they face the unknown challenges. Love, loss, fear, unexpected blessings. It's all here in Rosey Corner. What I love is that it's all wrapped in faith. As these family members face change, their faith also goes through change. Some are strengthened. Some begin to ask questions like never before. As love comes home faith is renewed and lives are restored. Not restored to what they once were, but new. We see that God is always at work in our lives and is always pressing us onward to a life filled with possibility. 

We don't just see the heart of the sisters. We too see the heart of the men they love. They are returning from war. Ready to get back to normal, but somehow normal doesn't exist. Mike and Jay are such characters. Sammy is missed. (Don't worry. I wouldn't dare give anything away). As these men are trying to adjust, their wives are finding it hard also. Everything is so unexpected and new. This is why I love Ann so very much. She is able to bring us characters we can relate to. Characters we fall in love with and want more of. 

Everyone needs an Aunt Hattie. She gives such strength to this family. A woman of wisdom. Fern is here too. We see her in and out of the woods. She holds such secrets. A true friend, indeed. She seems to come at the perfect time. Just when she's needed. Somehow in a quirky way, Fern brings such peace. 

I loved this novel so very much. If you're on the search for a summer series, this is just what you need! A little shade and a glass of ice tea and some time spent in Rosey Corner will do the trick.

This novel was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you. 

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com
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