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Summer of Joy (The Heart of Hollyhill #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  274 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 15th 2008 by Revell
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Ann Gabhart
Mar 15, 2011 Ann Gabhart rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This was the last of my Hollyhill books about Jocie and her family and friends. A little romance, a little mystery, and a lot of people coming knocking on doors to let some secrets out into the light. Quite a year of adventure for Jocie from The Scent of Lilacs through Orchard of Hope and ending in Summer of Joy. The books are out of print right now, but there are plans to have them reissued in the next couple of years. I hope so because I want readers to get the chance to know the people of ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Nancee rated it it was amazing
Jocie Brooke is a freshman in high school, her older sister a new mom, and her father is smitten by a younger woman who appears to share his feelings. David is ready to ask Leigh to marry him, but embarrassed about the small size of his mother's diamond. Leigh wasn't worrying over a diamond. She was more concerned about David's feelings about being older than she. Other challenges are about to veil the size of the diamond. Shadows from the past and a newcomer to town become the clouds of the ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, I enjoyed this book very much, again. I knew it sounded familiar when I requested the book, but when it came, I knew I had read it before. I read it when it first came out in 2008, before I started writing book reviews. I enjoyed the story and I loved Jocie. She was a wordy girl. Always having something to say or write. I enjoyed the chance to re-read this story and to review it this time. A great book written with Ann's wonderful style. Definitely a book worth reading again. 5 stars ...more
Jan 11, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The Hollyhill series has been the best novels I've read in a long time. The characters were wonderful and easy to love! The Brooke family and friends faced lots of trials and over and over again you got to see God's grace and love. Very encouraging!
Debbie Lester
Mar 26, 2014 Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing
Ann H. Gabhart's book Summer of Joy is finally back in print with a gorgeous new cover that embraces the 1960's setting, when a record player and 45 were a teenager's idea of a good time. Gabhart's portrayal of the Brooke family is one readers will easily relate to. This is the story of a family that withstands many trials and tribulations, but still comes out on top, with God's unconditional love and a lot of understanding. Gabhart writes about this Kentucky family in a way that will make ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Claudia rated it it was amazing
Summer of Joy by Ann H. Gabhart - A Book Review
When I was working time to read for pleasure was in short supply, so I tended to play it safe with authors I knew and loved. One of the best things about retirement is having the time to meet and spend time with authors that are new to me. I was thrilled to spend time with Ann Gabhart in the pages of her book, Summer of Joy. Now I was a little concerned about reading book three of The Heart of Hollyhill series without having read books one and two,
Lisa Johnson
Mar 24, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Summer of Joy (Hollyhill Series #3)
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Pages: 352
Year: 2008
Publisher: Revell
Don’t let the cover to the book deceive you into thinking that this book has a boring, uninteresting story because that is not true! In fact, I loved it as it takes all the elements from the first two novels in the series and brings them to some surprising conclusions. We are introduced to Hollyhill and David Brooke first with The Scent of Lilacs, followed by Orchard of Hope, which adds depth to
Jul 12, 2016 Doreen rated it liked it
This is book three in “The Heart of Hollyhill” series. While book three can stand alone, it would be a much richer, fuller story if you had read the first two, I believe. I was able to figure out the basics of relationships but I would have enjoyed seeing how relationships like Wes & Jocie’s and David & Leigh’s developed.

The strength of this book is in the characters. The main family was as real as yours or mine with all of the quirks and flaws, drama and joys. They’ve seen plenty of ha
Apr 05, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Everything always happens to 14-year-old Jocie Brook. Tornadoes, Fires, something's always happening to her. Abandoned by her mother, stubborn, tenacious, know-it-all Jocie just attracts trouble. Like the time she ran away and her adopted grandfather, Wes, had a tree fall on him trying to save her from a tornado. Or the fact that her Freshman English teacher seems to hate her for absolutely no reason. Then what happens when her entire world is rocked by the arrivals of two unexpected visitors.

Victor Gentile
Mar 31, 2014 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Ann H. Gabhart in her new book, “Summer Of Joy” Book Three in The Heart of Hollyhill series published by Revell returns us to the life of Jocie Brooke.

From the Back Cover: As summer draws to a close Jocie’s world seems serene–but is it just the calm before a storm?

Unbeknownst to Jocie Brooke and her family, two people are making their way to the small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky. One everyone thought was gone for good and the other no one’s ever heard of. Still, one thing is sure–they promise tr
Jalynn Patterson
Mar 30, 2014 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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 conc
Feb 25, 2014 Faith rated it it was amazing
When I read Ann Gabhart's Small Town Girl, I wanted to run away to Rosey Corner. I wanted to be a clerk at the store where Kate Merritt worked and to go possum hunting with my hound dog and to eat brown sugar pie with Birdie.

Now Ann Gabhart has given me another place for mental retreat, in Hollyhill. Oh how I wish I could move to Hollyhill, or transplant its good citizens to my town. There is an awesome cast of characters in Summer of Joy.
They are complete with loss, learning, loneliness, tend
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jun 27, 2014 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
The lovable Jocie Brooke and her quirky cast of family and friends return for a final time in the heartwarming third book of the Heart of Hollyhill series, "Summer of Joy". The book starts off at a bit of a slow burn, easing readers back into Jocie's world and the ups and downs of her life. But while at first the book seemed set at a slower pace than the first two in the series, I soon became wrapped up again in the drama of the character's lives. I really enjoyed watching Jocie mature over the ...more
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
4 out of 5 stars

SUMMER OF JOY by Ann H. Gabhart is a unique book that touches on several genres. From small town life, to divorce, to the feeling of failure, to forgiveness, to romance, even a touch of suspense, SUMMER OF JOY was definitely an interesting read.

Jocie Brooke is a child of optimism. Though she’s already experienced heartbreak at a young age, she refuses to allow the negative circumstances in life to get her down. Since her mother left town when she was younger, Jocie has been fierc
Jun 20, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Public library copy. I read a paperback edition with this cover. This is the third in the Hollyhill series, the first two being Scent of Lilacs and Orchard of Hope, both of which I have read and loved. The books do stand alone, but are wonderful read together in order as a series. I read Summer of Joy immediately after Orchard of Hope, which flows seamlessly from one to the next.

Definitely a 5-star book! Until the ending, but I generously gave it the full 5-star rating. I do love this form of st
Sep 06, 2014 Cassie rated it did not like it
DNF- reasons for this will be shared during the Revell Reads Blog Tour

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I’m going to get straight to the point– I did not like this book. I wanted to like it, I tried to like it, but I did not even finish it.

Where I Stopped: Chapter 10, page 78

I’m sure you’re wondering why, so I shall try my best to explain my reasons for putting this book down.

Typically, the first few chapters will tell you a lot about the book you are
Mar 17, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell Books
February 2008 republished March 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3170-0
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

David Brooke is trying to find the nerve to propose to Leigh. His almost grown daughters and his secretary are encouraging the match, but David hesitates because Leigh is so much younger than he. Besides when he prices engagement rings, he finds that their cost is way out of his income level. All he has is his mother’s engagement ring, an
Mar 23, 2014 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
I did not read the second book of the series, Orchard of Hope, but realized that I quickly found out all of the information I needed to know. That may be my only complaint about this book - it seems to make book #2 irrelevant. I almost think I would have just been fine with this one being the second book.

Anyway, on to the good stuff! Once again, Hollyhill, Kentucky, is still in the fairly innocent 60's, so we are treated to a glimpse of a past that we will probably never see again. Jocie is a 14
Mar 27, 2014 Chelsey rated it liked it
The strength of any book written by Ann Gabhart is her writing style and the characters she so easily and flawlessly creates. The only reason I gave this book three cupcakes instead of a higher count is because I was unaware this book was part of a series, and I feel that, while this book can stand alone, that I would have been able to connect to it more had I read the first books. Gabhart’s characters are always so relatable. The family in this story could have very well been my own; I felt so ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Summer of Joy
By Ann H. Gabhart

1964 is drawing to a close and Jocie Brooke has an English teacher who seems to have it out for her and she has no idea why. Christmas is just around the corner and Jocie wants to have some special touches added to the Christmas program, but you can't mess with tradition in Hollyhill.

Wes, still recovering from his and Jocie's tangle with the tornado, is the understanding and sympathetic ear always willing to help Jocie through her problems. But the past is about to
Maureen Timerman
Mar 19, 2014 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I so enjoyed me return visit to Hollyhill, KY, and the Brook family. In fact, I hated to leave!
This is the summer of 1964, Vietnam War time, no cell phones, a quieter time, but hard time. David Brook is still running the newspaper, and being the Pastor at Mt. Pleasant. He is also hoping to have a new start in life and include Leigh.
Things are still active at the Brook home, with Aunt Love, Jocie, David, Tabathia, and sweet little Stephen Lee. I can just picture this house; it is not large, but s
Jul 19, 2016 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-favorites
I was a bit nervous when I started reading this one. My main thought was "What's going to happen to poor Jocie next?" And long story short, plenty does happen to Hollyhill's favorite preacher's daughter. But I'll let the reader find out all about it. Not in the next issue of The Banner, mind you.

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Mar 31, 2014 Charity rated it liked it
Welcome back to Hollyhill in this new novel, Summer of Joy. If you have read the first book, The Scent of Lilacs, then you will recognize all the players as old friends. If you have not had the pleasure of reading the first one, I would urge you to as it may be difficult to keep track of everyone or toe realize what is going on at first. This is a book I found a little difficult to get into. Ann Gabhart writes some interesting characters but I almost felt like there were too many to keep track ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is a book that took me a few chapters to really get into but once the book grabbed me I didn’t want it to let me go.

There are many different characters in this story and you will be in the head of a lot of them. It think that’s why it took me a while to get into it, the first few chapters I was in a different person’s head and didn’t connect with any of them right away.

This is the third book in a series and there are a few references to things that took place in the other books but once I g
Cathy Cramer
I chose this book because I've enjoyed reading others by this author and the title sounded like a light summer read, but I hadn't realized it was a sequel to one I'd already read ("The Scent of Lilacs.") I was delighted to revisit characters I'd already come to know and enjoy. David still reminded me of Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Shelfari told me that this is the third in the series, so there's an intervening story I missed, but it wasn't critical to understanding the plot of this
Shari Larsen
Jan 01, 2015 Shari Larsen rated it really liked it
This is the third and last book of The Heart of Hollyhill series, picking up about 3 months after the 2nd book, Orchard of Hope, left off. Even though the title is "Summer" of Joy, most of this story actually takes place in the fall and winter of 1964 going into 1965.

Jocie Brooke is now 14 years old, and her first year of high school is going well, except for the new English teacher that seems to have it in for her. Her father David, who is a pastor and editor of the small town's newspaper, fina
Lindsey Silvestrini
Mar 27, 2014 Lindsey Silvestrini rated it liked it
Gabhart’s first novel Scent of Lilacs in the Hollyhill series was the first I’ve read from her and while that novel got off to a slow start for me, it definitely picked up and had me hooked so when Summer of Joy started at the same slower pace, I decided not to give up on it.

What I’ve realized is that it’s just Gabhart’s pace of writing and while some author’s jump in full force and start the first page action packed, others like Gabhart like to slowly build and develop the story and characters.
Mar 29, 2014 Rosie rated it liked it
A cute release from Gabhart!

I have not had the pleasure to read the previous books in this series, but I did very much enjoy getting to know the Brooke family. It was hard for me to get into the book at first due to the frequent head jumping early on. Thankfully, this got better as the book continued. I'm glad I stuck to it. I cannot say this was a favorite though.

Jocie is probably my favorite part about this novel. She's so endearing, cute, and determined. Leigh is my next favorite, a very clos
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Mar 29, 2014 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it really liked it
When I think of reading an Ann Gabhart novel, I think Shakers. The first novel I read by Ms. Gabhart was one of her Shaker novels, called The Seeker. I loved it. Her writing style is different, yet refreshing and really captivates me with each book that I read. Summer Of Joy was no different, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading. However, sadly, I didn't read both the first books in this series, so I want to go back and read them.

In this novel, Ms. Gabhart captures everything from romance, to secre
Mar 24, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Ann Gabhart writes stories that exude emotion, and her Heart of Hollyhill series is no exception. I was captivated by the first book in this series, The Scent of Lilacs, but somehow missed the second novel, Orchard of Hope. However, I had no difficulty settling right back into this Kentucky community in this third book. Once again, Jocie crept her way into my heart immediately. Gabhart ably portrays the nuances and tensions of the early sixties and the upheaval that the Brooke family-as well as ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 19, 2015 12:56PM  
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Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional ...more
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The Heart of Hollyhill (3 books)
  • The Scent of Lilacs (The Heart of Hollyhill #1)
  • Orchard of Hope (The Heart of Hollyhill, #2)

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