by Ann H. Gabhart
About the book:
It's 1936 and Kate Merritt works hard to keep her family together. her father has slipped into alcoholism, he mother is trying to come to grips with their dire financial situation, and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to all of it. Kate could never have imagined that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena birdsong would be just what her family needs.
In this richly textured novel, award-winning author Ann H. Gabhart reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer.
This is a wonderful story of family secrets and forgiveness set during the Depression.
Sadly, little Lorena Birdsong's parents can't afford to take care of her anymore so the leave her on the church steps in hope that a nice family will take her in and care for her; but not before her mother tells her that the person who cares for her will be an Angel. So when Kate Merritt, aged 14, the middle sister of the new family who takes her in becomes her main care-taker, that is exactly what Lorena thinks Kate is...her Angel sister, sent by her Mommy to bring her food and make sure she is alright. Kate relates so well to Lorena because she is still so emotionally young herself; being the middle child of a family caught in the middle of the Depression and a whole bunch of family secrets....
Make sure you have a full box of tissues before you read this one. I laughed and cried, which is exactly what I like in this type of book. There is just so much raw emotion, that you can't help but fall in love with this book and it's characters.
About the author:
Ann is a country girl, born and raised on a farm in the Outer Bluegrass region of Kentucky. She grew up working on the farm and enjoying the woods and animals. Her roots grow deep in the land, and she now lives on a farm just a mile away from the farmhouse where she was born and raised.
She started writing when she was ten and has been writing ever since. Her first novel, A Forbidden Yearning, was published by Warner Books in 1978 and was a historical romance about the settling of Kentucky. Since then she has published twenty novels for adults and young adults. She has been going to the same small country church since she was seventeen and used her memories of how it used to be in The Scent of Lilacs. She says, "I love small churches where everybody is like a big family and all ages interact with one another. My church was established in 1812 and I like thinking about all the people who have served the Lord there."
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