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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5 out of 5 stars
By carol ransom on 19-07-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Kira on 29-04-18


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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