A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell (review by Kristi)

A Haven on Orchard Lane

About the book:  An urgent escape . . . a wounded heart . . .
Will Charlotte find the solace she longs for at the cottage on Orchard Lane?

Famed actress Charlotte Ward stepped away from the Victorian London stage five years ago. Now in desperate circumstances, she tries to restart her career–only to experience a complete collapse. Against her better judgment, Charlotte’s estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother’s rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village where her mother can evade the gossip columnists, at least for a time.

Charlotte is grateful to re-establish even tenuous family ties with Rosalind. As one with regrets over her own romantic past, she’s happy to see love blossom for her daughter. For Rosalind, however, it’s time away from teaching, and now she must care for the mother who wasn’t there for her. And what could possibly be more complicated than romance?

But there can be no permanent escape from the threats of recent months. As the privacy they seek is threatened, mother and daughter must make some difficult decisions–ones that jeopardize those they care about most.

Kindle edition 416 pages                      Published May 31, 2016 by Bethany House Publishers


My review:  There are books I like, books I love, and books I LOVE. This book for me was one I LOVED!!!! I must admit I began reading the book without knowing what the story was about. I just kept seeing this book in emails and on social media and loved the cover. It looked so warm and inviting and I just knew I had to read it.

The inside of the book is just as spectacular as the cover. I slowly got pulled into the story and was gently wrapped up in it. The characters were real and very authentic. I liked Charlotte and Rosalind and thought they complimented each other well. Mrs. Deamer and Coral, Jude and Jinny, Danny and Albert; these were all perfect additions to the story and were just as well-developed as the main characters and made me feel like I wanted to be part of the story. Lord Fosberry, Mrs. Hooper and Noble, while not quite as enjoyable as the rest of the characters, were well-developed, too. They were the perfect balance to the other characters.

The storyline was fantastic and the descriptions were so well-written I felt like I was actually there and part of the story. I enjoyed how the story progressed at a perfect pace and wasn’t rushed or dragged out. Every plot development was spot on to make the story entertaining. There was a great flow from chapter to chapter that kept me reading “just one more” until I had read several.

While this was a story I wanted to rush through to find out what happened it was also one I took my time reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and wanted to spend as much time with these characters as I possibly could. This is a book I would enjoy reading again and again.

Great story and great writing combine to make this book a wonderful escape. If you are looking for a good story with down-to-earth characters this book is for you. I highly recommend taking the time to read this book. You won’t be disappointed!

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.


About the author:  Lawana Blackwell is a full-time writer with 10 published novels, including the bestselling Gresham Chronicles series. She and her husband have three grown sons and live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.



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