In the Light of the Garden

In the Light of the Garden Review

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.

Title:In the Light of the Garden

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  • Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

    I received a copy of In the Light of the Garden from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, Netgalley and Heather Burch for the opportunity to read this e-ARC. Fo...

  • Cindy Burnett

    4.5 starsIn the Light of the Garden is a gem. Heather Burch has written a beautifully crafted tale of forgiveness and redemption that will stay with me for a long while. As the book opens, 31-year-old...

  • Deborah Blanchard

    Will you come, sit with me We'll tell our troubles 'neath the tree The tears we shed will surely be Water for the Weeping Tree. And in its shade our woes will fall. Pain and suffering, sorrow and all...

  • Elizabeth

    Loved, loved, loved this book!This is one book that I won't soon forget. It is the story of a tree. Yes, believe it or not, the weeping tree is a major character. Charity has always loved her grandpar...

  • Amy

    A very beautiful book that I couldn't put down! The story is Captivating and just really grabs a hold of you physically and emotionally! It's very well written with beautiful descriptions and with suc...

  • Susan Peterson

    4.5 stars for this enchanting, heartwarming story about forgiveness, families, and a magical tree. In The Light of the Garden tells the story of Charity, who inherits her grandparents' estate in Flori...

  • Kathleen

    This just wasn't my cup of tea. I think the Once Upon a Time Book Club subscription is a charming idea and obviously those who run it put a lot of time into it, but I get really annoyed with chick lit...

  • Rachel (never_too_many_books)

    Wow. This book really played my heartstrings... Love, loss, pain, renewal, hope--it's all here. There's even a dash of magic! (The real world sort. The kind we all hope for.) Such a good book! I defin...

  • Lisa

    Heather Burch has done it again. In the Light of the Garden is a wonderful story about love and forgiveness, and how family should always come first even if the family isn't biological. The heroine, C...

  • Jennifer C

    A beautiful book about family and forgiveness. I love how Ms. Burch uses Magical realism in this story. The theme of family and forgiveness has, in my opinion, an innate sense of magic all its own and...