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.
Loved this book. Charity inherited her grandparents' home after they passed. It is on an island and it is a bitter-sweet homecoming. Her grandparents were her refuge. Her mother was self-centered and had issues. So, this story has sadness. The plus side is, it also has forgiveness and second chances.
The author does a great job with the characters. They are not one dimensional in the least but very developed. I honestly didn't want to put this book down at all once I started it (but was forced to for meals etc :( ). As the story plays out, watching how the characters grow and change was wonderful. I would really love to live with these people!
It was a 5/5 for me.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.