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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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  • 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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  • Rebecca R
  • 16-07-2018

Layered delight

This story is an onion! Just when I thought I had everything figured out, another piece was put in play. Hurts old and new are brought into the open. Each character must deal with his or her past, forgive others and forgive him or herself. Magical willows and special ingredients aside, this story sparkles with emotion. It is as unique a love story as I’ve ever encountered. Highly recommend.

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  • SWEDES
  • 26-06-2018

Willow tree

What a fantastic book! Of hurt, suffering& sorrow. Changed to happiness, trust, smiles and love! And it all happened after sitting beneath the willow tree! Loved this book and having it on audio book, made it that much more magical!

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  • Debbie
  • 29-05-2018

I Need a Weeping Tree in my Back Yard

For every broken spot, every doubt, every hidden thing, every angry word, this story offers solace . . . for every imperfect and ugly deed done to or received by, a salve of healing . . . the depth of fear and grieving that came to bear under the weeping tree on Gaslamp Island was almost unthinkable . . . nearly as unthinkable as the grace and forgiveness of the little town and as its people . . . I don't know when, if ever, I have listened to or read a book that hit me as hard as this one . . . I have to smile at the reviews that think its sappy or silly . . . I think maybe those people just haven't lived long enough or met enough hardship to get it . . . and good for them . . . I hope they never do . . . but if you've ever been the odd one out . . . NOT the cheerleader at school . . . lost something so precious that the hole in your chest is the size of a watermelon . . . well, you NEED this book . . . from the time that Charity Baxter was a kid, she visited her Gramps and Grandma on Gaslamp Island . . . spending the whole summer there, while her Marilyn Monroe look-alike mom, returned to the city . . . the magic of the island covered her in its warmth . . . she was safe there . . . until the year her Grandma died . . . twenty years later, both her grandparents are gone . . . and the place she once loved so much is hers . . . but going back just isn't quite the same . . . and a mirage of misfits seem to follow her there . . . including a jealous, aging, but still beautiful mother . . . besides Charity long ago gave up on believing in magic . . .

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  • Doreen Pinkham
  • 25-05-2018

OK for the Lifetime Movie crowd

Though the story itself is OK and kept me listening to find out what happened in the end, the writing is full to the rafters with predictable melodrama, stereotypes, and childish tropes. I found myself rolling my eyes way too frequently. The heroine is too perfect, every woman in the story chewed the nail on her index finger, every character fists their hair with frustration, has cotton in their mouth when nervous, and literally drops their jaws when speechless. I have never seen real people do any of these things. To me, this book is immature with repetitive, overused cliches and not at all my style. As other reviewers have said, I got it because of all the great reviews. You win some, you lose some.

The narrator was good for the female voices, but the male voices were painful to listen to. Dalton sounded like a drugged out zombie, speaking in a monotone with no inflection whatsoever even after his big, overly dramatic scene under the weeping tree. Harold and Gramps were caricatures of old men, with shaky, hoarse voices and sounding like Simpson's characters.

If you like Lifetime Movies or hokey old classic romance stories, you will probably like this. If you are looking for a mature, well written story without all the predictability, you might want to try a different book.

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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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  • 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.