Scent of Lilacs by Ann H. Gabhart

Scent of Lilacs



Jocie Brook and her father live in the small community of Hollyhill, Kentucky, along with her Aunt Love. Jocie’s dad David hopes to be called as part time pastor to the little church there. Though David is loved my most everyone there, he still struggles with a marriage that didn’t work. Aunt Love lives with him to help take care of his daughter, but her memory is failing, and she is getting so very forgetful that someone has to watch behind her to make sure she doesn’t burn food, or burn the house down.

Jocie has so many questions about her life. Why did her mother leave her, and never contact her? Did she really love her? Why did no one want to answer her questions about her mom? And what about Aunt Love, why didn’t she ever marry? Why did her scripture quoting Aunt always seem so sad?

As Jocie starts checking into the unanswered questions, she wonders if she really wants to find out what the real truth is.

Join Jocie and her family as they struggle through the truth that comes out, and as an unexpected visitor shows up at their door. Or is it a visitor?

This is a wonderfully told story by Ann Gabhart. I love the way she makes you fall in love with the characters, and you begin thinking about them as real people.  This book was published a few years before, but is now back with a new beautiful cover. I highly recommend this wonderful read if you enjoy a good, nice, clean fiction. I know you will love is as much as I did!


Ann H. GabhartPhoto Credit: © Scott Campbell Photography

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at

Litfuse Presents….Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings

Love in the Balance

by Regina Jennings


About Love in the Balance
Handsome Cowboy or Debonair Tycoon. How’s a Girl to Choose?
Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey’s poor prospects, she just can’t fit the two dreams together.
Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town-and her life-and for the first time Molly wonders if she’s met the man who can give her everything. But he won’t be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can’t quite get Bailey out of her mind.
What’s a girl to do with all these decisions when love is in the balance?
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My Thoughts on this book

Molly Lovelace wanted to marry Bailey, but he was not the man for her, according to her parents. Molly’s parents wanted her to marry a banker, or someone wealthy to support the family finances, didn’t matter if she was in love or not. And Molly has a problem making the right decisions, it just seems like everything she does turns into the wrong thing, including marriage to a stranger.

Love in the Balance is an interesting, fun and enlightening read with a lot of bad decisions and heartaches for Molly. But when she has to deal with her bad decisions, she realizes what is really important in life, and the importance of trusting God instead of taking matters into your own hands. Molly’s life was so mixed up she thought she had ruined it for both Bailey and herself, but she finds the truth as she begins to forgive, and as others forgive her.

This is a wonderful historical story that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a good historical Christian fiction. You will not be disappointed in this one!

Meet Regina:  

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

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