A HAVEN ON ORCHARD LANE
Subtly smart wit and gentle wisdom grace each chapter in this long- anticipated novel from beloved author Blackwell. Under her talented pen, each word richly placed, the Victorian setting flourishes and the charming characters breathe with vibrant life. Blackwell immerses her readers in the scenes from word one, creating an experience that surrounds and engages. Well worth the wait, this story — the characters, the setting, the dialogue — reminds why Blackwell’s voice was deservedly missed.
Formerly lauded stage actress Charlotte Ward, wearied by her oppressive marriage, attempts to restart her career with disastrous results. Her estranged daughter Rosalind rescues the humiliated Charlotte, relocating her to a quaint village on the English coast. As they begin to heal the old wounds between them, mother and daughter each begin to establish their own roots in the community. The people they encounter, the lives that intersect, may change Charlotte and Rosalind’s own lives forever. (BETHANY HOUSE, Jun., 416 pp., $14.99)