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Publisher's Summary

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 childhood summers spent with Gramps and Grandma. But piercing her fondest memories is her sharpest grief - the death of her beloved grandmother, when Charity stopped believing in the magical healing power of the weeping willow that still casts a shadow on their property.

Now that Charity has returned, she's full of longing and regret, until she befriends her neighbor Dalton Reynolds, who has come to Gaslamp Island carrying his own heartache. As other exiles arrive - a great uncle harboring secrets, a teenage runaway - Charity begins to reconsider what makes a family. When her own estranged mother shows up in crisis, Charity is challenged to search her heart for forgiveness. But forgiving herself may require a little magic from the last place she'd expect to find it.

©2017 Heather Burch (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • carol ransom
  • 19-07-2017

loved it

i love it when i can find a book that i can listen to in front of my child without having to worry about harsh language or sex scenes. it was an interesting story that kept me interested the whole time.

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  • Kira
  • 29-04-2018

Delightful!

Would you listen to In the Light of the Garden again? Why?

I would listen to this story again, and have, based off how relatable it is in broken families, relationships, etc., but giving hope of either moving on or things being repaired.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think that Charity was my favorite character because I could so easily relate to her. She had a broken family, and yet didn't let it completely break her. She wasn't some unbelievable super-woman either. She just worked through the toughness even with pain.

What does Amy Landon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love Amy Landon's influction, but didn't care for her interpretation of Dalton's voice. That was my only drawback.

If you could rename In the Light of the Garden, what would you call it?

The Willow's Way, or something more related to the tree, not just the garden.

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  • Kathy Itson
  • 27-04-2018

Great Read

Love the story about the tree and how it help all the town. Great read.

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  • Elena M.
  • 09-04-2018

Pathetic

A very childish book. Boring, annoying, and predictable characters. Very weak and naive story. I was too irritated by this nonsense to finish it. Waste of time. The narrator sounds decent but it is difficult to separate the voice from the story that is so bad.

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  • K. L.
  • 04-04-2018

Review of the audible book light of the garden

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book but I was pleasantly surprised! I like the narrator. She put a lot of feeling into the story. All the characters were very interesting and the plot just grabbed hold of me. I really enjoyed seeing it unfold and what was happening with all the various characters in their lives. I like how people changed. Nothing was static. Add a little bit of magic with the weeping willow tree & it was a great mix for a good story!

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  • Cherie Ferguson
  • 01-04-2018

Full meaningful picturesque and enjoyable story dealing with family relationships haunting mistakes and forgiveness.

You will enjoy this book. I have a new favorite author to share with my friends and family.

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  • Heather Wilson
  • 29-03-2018

Was I Reading The Same Book?

What disappointed you about In the Light of the Garden?

I saw so many good reviews that I thought I really needed to check this one out. It is one of the slowest moving, most predictable books I've read in a long time. The author over explains almost everything. If you don't read a whole lot you may like it. I read & listen to a lot of books so I prefer one that I don't know what the character is going to say or do every step of the way.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure. Have several on my wish list.

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Landon’s performances?

It wasn't the narrator. She was fine. The book itself was just too slow & contrived.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess the overall message was a nice one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-03-2018

Great read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is one I would love to see in a movie. Such hope, forgiveness and love.

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  • shewhoreads
  • 26-03-2018

Entertaining, little book

Enough fantasy to be magical, enough conflict to maintain interest. A fun book to listen to when one needs a bit of distraction. Polished but a new writer?

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  • V. Tepe
  • 25-03-2018

Very good read

I enjoyed this book very much! Will be looking for more books by this autho