Orchard of Hope
Title: Orchard of Hope
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
In 1964 Kentucky, fourteen-year-old Jocie Brooke is about to experience an unforgettable summer — her father has found a new love, her hippie sister is about to have a baby, and her aunt is finally pleasurable to live with — but when a black family moves into the neighborhood, Jocie finds herself befriending a young boy that some townspeople shun.
Nothing will be the same after the summer of 1964. Drought has gripped the quiet Kentucky town of Hollyhill, and the town seems as if it is holding its breath — waiting. Jocie Brooke is nervous about starting high school. Her sister Tabitha is experiencing the weariness of waiting for a new baby. Her father David is feeling the timidity of those first steps toward true love. All of these pivotal steps in life are awaiting the Brooke family.
Into this cloud of tense anticipation, the Hearndons move their family from Chicago to plant an orchard outside of town. Fresh off the Freedom Train, Myra Hearndon is sensitive to what the color of her skin may mean in a Southern town. Her family will have to contend with more than the dry ground and blazing sun as they try to create their orchard of hope. In this close-knit community, everything is about to change. Let this riveting novel take you along to experience unexpected love, new life, and renewed faith amid life’s trials.