Orchard of Hope (Hollyhill Series Book 2)
It's been an eventful summer for Jocie Brooke. Little does she know things have only just begun to heat up. Drought has gripped the quiet Kentucky town of Hollyhill and it seems as if everyone is waiting--for rain, for a fresh start, for the next step toward the future. Into this tense haze of anticipation comes a new family, aiming to make a better life for themself by planting an orchard on the outskirts of town. Fresh off the freedom train, Alex and Myra Hearndon are sensitive to what the color of their skin may mean in the segregated South. And even though Jocie quickly befriends the family, suspicion from both sides of the racial divide proves a formidable obstacle. Can Jocie help bridge the gap? Or will life in her quiet community fall apart?
If you lived in the 1960s you'll enjoy revisiting that era. If you are younger, then you can walk back through time and see how life was. Most readers have enjoyed getting to know my Hollyhill characters and feel like they're welcoming family into their reading hearts when they read the stories.
Why the author wrote this book:
I came to love my Hollyhill characters while I shared the beginning of their story in Scent of Lilacs. It was good to follow that story up with this one and delve into the tumultuous times of the Sixties by letting the fight for Civil Rights visit my little town of Hollyhill.