In the Light of the Garden
In the Light of the Garden is a novel about unearthed family secrets, the enchantment of past loves, and the indelible power of forgiveness.
Inheriting her grandparents’ island estate on Florida’s Gulf coast is a special kind of homecoming for thirty-one-year-old Charity Baxter. Raised by a narcissistic single mother, Charity’s only sense of a loving home comes from child...more
Following the death of her beloved grandfather, Charity Baxter inherits his mansion, Baxter House, located on Florida’s Gaslamp Island, as well as the majority of his estate. Most of her happiest childhood memories revolve around the island, the house and her grandparents. It’s where she spent many su ...more
We'll tell our troubles 'neath the tree
The tears we shed will surely be
Water for the Weeping Tree.
And in its shade our woes will fall.
Pain and suffering, sorrow and all
They'll fall like glistening diamond drops.
You see, the tree, our pain, it stops.
This is a poem from the book that I fell in love with. It is a magical journey to have read this. Heather Burch takes us on an emotional ride that will touch your heart and your soul. It touched mine. You can relate t ...more
In the Light of the Garden is a gem. Heather Burch has written a beautifully crafted tale of forgiveness and redemption that will stay with me for a long while. As the book opens, 31-year-old Charity Baxter has inherited her grandparents’ home on Gaslamp Island in Florida. As a child, her grandparents provided refuge for Charity from her life with her narcissistic single mom; as she grew older and after her grandmother died, she spent less time on Gaslamp Island. Returning to the island ...more
In The Light of the Garden, 31-year-old Charity returns to her grandfather’s home upon learning of his passing. This is a place full of fond childhood memories from Charity’s summers spent there with her grandparents. Upon returning as an adult, many secrets are discovered.
This a book about forgiveness and loss. What makes it intriguing is that the author adds a bit of magic to the storyline. There is something mysterious about the willow tree and a “secret ingredient” Grandpa left f ...more
This is one book that I won't soon forget. It is the story of a tree. Yes, believe it or not, the weeping tree is a major character.
Charity has always loved her grandparents' home on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She spent most of her summers there because her mother dropped her off so that she could spend the summers elsewhere. Ellen, Charity's mom, is materialistic and has a number of issues with her parents. So, Charity grows up with the love of her grandparents an ...more
Apparently I am on a kick of abusive mothers for some reason. It feels like every book I've been on recently has a mother who is downright awful to her offspring and is incredibly selfish.
A few years ago, a friend of mine was having a fight with her mother over something. She said to me, in this sad resigned voice, that her mother was a lovely person but she was never meant to be a mother. She didn't have the right personality for it and her own priorities would always come first. I'm not going ...more
Each character is important to the story, unforgettable and endearing, beginning with Charity Baxter, daughter, Ellen her mother, Gramps and Gram, Uncle Harold, Dalton ...more
Charity Baxter inherits her grandparents estate in Florida. The weeping willow tree in the back yard has calming and healing properties but can Charity forgive herself from the wrongs and guilt she feels? Having a family doesn't necessarily mean blood related.
This is a feel good kind of book, no surprises. Fanciful and whimsical, it was an acceptable read.
My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy.
During the summers as a child, Charity was able to seek refuge in the loving arms of her maternal Grandparents on what proves to be magical, Gaslamp Island, FL.
Interwoven with complex issues, pain, guilt, and l ...more
Heather is able to capture the ...more
I wasn't certain how it would hit readers, but I'm thrilled to say, it has the highest star rating so far of all of my books. It's sitting at a 4.85 stars here on Goodreads. I guess needing to "unplug" is something ...more