I had no idea what to expect with this read. It’s not the normal era I read (as in I don’t think I’ve ever read a book taking place in the 60s), this was my first encounter with the author and even with the back description, I wasn’t sure really what the story was all about.
For Jocie Brooke, the summer of 1964 certainly was eventful, but it’s nothing compared to what’s coming to Hollyhill, Kentucky, and the Brooke family next. The past is coming to call, threatening to destroy the relationships that everyone thought were so strong. Two people–one thought to be gone for good and the other no one’s ever heard of–are making their way to the small town. And it promises trouble for everyone.
This complex and beautifully written story is the perfect conclusion to The Heart of Hollyhill series. With true-to-life family drama, refreshing humor, and characters readers have come to love like dear friends, Summer of Joy will delight Gabhart’s fans.
I had a hard time getting into this one. Gabhart definitely has a way with words, but it’s told from several viewpoints and that isn’t one of my favorite ways to read a story. I think it can work, but I’m usually not a fan.
This is also the third in the Hollyhill Series. While it can stand alone, I felt like the third wheel or the odd woman out who didn’t get the inside jokes since I haven’t read the first two books. It’d be like starting The Walking Dead during season 4 and not the beginning – you’d miss out on so much! But I think that’s more on my end than the author’s storytelling ability.
If you’ve read the first or second in this series, I bet you’ll enjoy diving right back into the lives of Jocie and crew! Have you read any of this series? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have!
(Thank you Revell for the copy in exchange for my honest review)
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