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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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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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Hard to put down!!

A great book of Forgiveness and second chances!!! Loved it what a great book. Highly recommended!!!

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 05-29-18

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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Unforgettable

This story captivated me from the first page. It held me captive through the pages again in the Audible version! Applause to the author!

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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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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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Relationships

I appreciate Heather Burch’s desire and ability to write about relationships within generations. As a middle-aged single woman, I feel forgotten within the realm of fiction. Ms. Burch’s books are filled with stories of deep relationships beyond the scope of romance.

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  • NOKWISA
  • Garland, Texas, United States
  • 10-07-18

Hold On .. It's Quite a Ride

The poem had me from the start and the story had me from then on. Ok, so some of it was a bit cheesy but it's the premise that sets the hook. The narrator was very good at keeping pace with the action. She has a pleasing mellow voice I enjoyed. I listened to it straight through and maybe 6 months or a year from now I will listen to it again... and again.

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Nice performance weird story

I enjoyed listening and reading Light in the Garden. But the magical parts were not believable and not to my liking. I would give the story 3 1/2 points because it kept my interest.

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Not so good.

Ok but predictable and sappy at the end. But an OK listen and read pretty well.