Saturday, June 11, 2022

WHEN THE MEADOW BLOOMS by Ann H. Gabhart, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Meadowland sounds like heaven to me, and I dream at night about Sienna running through meadows of daisies and butterflies." . . .  "And in spite of his reluctance, he too, could see the child running through a meadow. His meadow."

Having lived a solitary life for many years, imagine Dirk Meadows' surprise when his mailbox contained not one, but two letters from his dead brother's family members; one from Frank's widow, and the other from his oldest niece, Calla. Independent of each other, they had both requested his help. Could a scarred, reclusive bachelor find room in his heart, and in his home, for three lovely young ladies? Perhaps it was time for Dirk's heart to get a makeover.

"A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." Ecclesiastes 36:26

What a "love comes softly" sort of story; beginning with nearly indescribable hardships and ending with fields of everlasting hope. Mind you, Dirk and his feminine residents make their share of missteps, and the past's stronghold on Dirk's psyche is a formidable obstacle to overcome, but miracles are possible and "forever is a long, long time". Enjoy your time in the meadows!
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
If any place on God's earth was designed to help one heal, it is Meadowland. Surely here, at her brother-in-law's Kentucky farm, Rose and her daughters can recover from the events of the recent past--the loss of her husband during the 1918 influenza epidemic, her struggle with tuberculosis that required a stay at a sanatorium, and her girls' experience in an orphanage during her illness. At Meadowland, hope blooms as their past troubles become rich soil in which their faith can grow.

Dirk Meadows may have opened his home to his late brother's widow and her girls, but he keeps his heart tightly closed. The roots of his pain run deep, and the evidence of it is written across his face. Badly scarred by a fire and abandoned by the woman he loved, Dirk fiercely guards his heart from being hurt again. But it may be that his visitors will bring light back into his world and unlock the secret to true healing.

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart explores the tender places within the human heart in this character-driven story of trusting God to turn our burdens into something beautiful.
Revell Publishing, May 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and paperback:
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