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Summer of Joy: A Novel (The Heart of Hollyhill)

Summer of Joy: A Novel (The Heart of Hollyhill) [Kindle Edition]

Ann H. Gabhart
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The summer of 1964 certainly was eventful, but it's nothing compared to what's coming to the Brooke family and to Hollyhill, Kentucky. David finally gets up the nerve to pop the question to Leigh and wedding plans are in the making. But the past is coming to call on many in Hollyhill, threatening to destroy the relationships that everyone thought were so strong. Two people--one David thought was gone for good and the other no one's ever heard of--are making their way to the small town and promise trouble.
This complex and well-written story is the perfect conclusion to the Hollyhill story. With true-to-life family drama, refreshing humor, and lovable characters, Summer of Joy will delight readers.


There's a wedding afoot, but all is not smooth on the road to love. This is a book set in a small Kentucky town in the early 1960s.

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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping story 14 April 2014
By mafanwy
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Enjoyed this as much as the first two in the series. Gripping right to the end, would they , wouldn't they. Magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd book of a trilogy. 12 April 2013
By Kenneth
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This is the 3rd book of the trilogy and just finishes off the books one and two. Again, sweet characters and a feeling of joy in the lives of most of them. Certainly rubbed off on me. Lovely reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 9 Sep 2014
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A fantastic book, well worth reading. You will want to buy the rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1 May 2014
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The third book and as entertaining as the first two. I would recommend to anyone, who likes light hearted mysteries and romance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A cute release from Gabhart! 30 Mar 2014
By Rosie - Published on
A cute release from Gabhart!

I have not had the pleasure to read the previous books in this series, but I did very much enjoy getting to know the Brooke family. It was hard for me to get into the book at first due to the frequent head jumping early on. Thankfully, this got better as the book continued. I'm glad I stuck to it. I cannot say this was a favorite though.

Jocie is probably my favorite part about this novel. She's so endearing, cute, and determined. Leigh is my next favorite, a very close second to Jocie. Leigh's sweet disposition and kind spirit made her incredibly likable from the beginning. I didn't feel quite as connected with the other characters. This might be because I haven't read the others in the series.

Again this hardly is a favorite, but I love the homey feel Gabhart brings to the settings in each of her novels. It's a similar thread in her stories, one I'm quite fond of. Oh, as a quick note, I thought Hammond was a complete stalker-ish creep, though I suppose that is what Gabhart was going for. I hope we will see more of Hollyhill and the Brooke family before too long. I recommend this book to readers fourteen and older and especially to those looking for a comfortable read.

I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summer of Joy 25 Mar 2014
By M.Fields - Published on
I have read many of Mrs. Gabhart's books, in fact I loved her Shaker books. So I did not know what to expect with this contemporary fiction book.
It was slow starting out, but the characters star to develop on into the book.
I love that it was set in Kentucky being from West Virginia and Kentucky that made me happy.
Hollyhill, Ky would be a great place to live.
Mrs. Gabhart, really did a great job with Jocie and her family in this last book in the series.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family 24 Mar 2014
By Maureen - Published on
I so enjoyed me return visit to Hollyhill, KY, and the Brook family. In fact, I hated to leave!
This is the summer of 1964, Vietnam War time, no cell phones, a quieter time, but hard time. David Brook is still running the newspaper, and being the Pastor at Mt. Pleasant. He is also hoping to have a new start in life and include Leigh.
Things are still active at the Brook home, with Aunt Love, Jocie, David, Tabathia, and sweet little Stephen Lee. I can just picture this house; it is not large, but so filled with love. Makes you wonder how Dee-Dee could have left, even for the greener pastures. Life is funny at times, and now some of the things you think you have gotten past, and left behind, have started to return.
There are some so hysterical things that happen you will have a hard time not laughing out loud. We still have loveable Wes, and his Jupiter life, what a blessing he has been in Jocie’s life. Zelda keeps everyone on their toes, and she ends up wanting to hide under her desk, but as Zelda does recover, she is back at managing everyone’s life, and sometimes it is good that she does.
We are going to face some evil, or misguided people, in the form of a teacher, and some parents. Will this family be able to weather all of this and end up with life back to some kind of normalcy? Once you open the cover, you will not want to leave. Enjoy!

I received this book through the Publisher Revell and their Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 24 Mar 2008
By Patricia Gabhart - Published on
I loved this book just as much as the others, however, it would also be good as a stand alone. There's humor, romance, mystery, drama as well as good spiritual advice all tied into one book. Ann is a wonderful author and all of her books are good reading. If you have read the first two series you will definitely want to read this one as well.
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