When the Meadow Blooms by Ann H. Gabhart ~ Book Review

June 21, 2022


About the Book 

Book: When the Meadow Blooms
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Publisher: Revell

Widow Rose Meadows eagerly accepts her brother-in-law's offer for her and her two daughters to live on his farm after her treatments in a sanatorium finds them needing a home. But is this scarred and reclusive man ready for all the changes these women will bring to his life?

My Thoughts 

Another wonderful story from Ms. Gabhart! This one takes you to Meadowland where these characters definitely find healing in a very special and unique way. The author does a great job with the characters and making them each unique and have their own storyline. The story does flow seamlessly and you can follow it along quite well. I was glad to see how it all unfolded and the mystery part of the story was surprising to me and did not quite expect it while I read the story. 

Dirk's character was my favorite. He was a recluse who struggles not only in his faith but is battling a broken heart. He has a disfigurement due to a fire and feels like he can't be seen as normal to people. When Rose and her girls contact him everything changes and you see him unfolding into something different. You truly see his character grow throughout the story. 

I wish there would've been more interaction with Dirk and Rose. I mean there was some, don't get me wrong but the few times that they were together though very important int he story I felt was not enough to develop the relationship that they eventually ended up with. 

Overall I thought it was a good story. Ann Gabhart is a wonderful story teller and she truly captivates you with not only her characters but the settings that she writes her stories in. If you enjoy Christian Historical  I definitely recommend you grab this one!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. At the age of ten, she started dreaming of writing stories others would want to read. That dream has come true as she's published over thirty-five novels. She and her husband have three children married to three beautiful in-law children who have gifted her nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dogs, reading, and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, was a best-seller and was followed up by two more stories about the Merritt sisters. She keeps her stories in Kentucky and has enjoyed going to the Kentucky Appalachian Mountains for some stories including These Healing Hills and Along a Storied Trail. And if you like mysteries, you can try her Hidden Springs Mysteries published under the author name, A.H. Gabhart. Visit Ann's website http://annhgabhart.com to find out more. There you can sign up for her newsletter where she does giveaways several times a year.

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