Charlotte had to escape. The marriage was killing her. How had she convinced herself she loved him – that he loved her. She’d been a fool. And now she was under his complete control. She couldn’t even leave the house without his knowledge.
But then the letter came.
It was a chance to get away. A chance to prove that she was more than her husband claimed she was. It was the escape she longed for. Could she be brave enough to take a chance? To start anew? Even if it cost her everything?
A Haven on Orchard Lane is a heartwarming story of reconciliation and second chances after periods of abuse and neglect. It is a story about loving people for who they are and being gentle to even the thorniest person.
One thing I really loved about Charlotte is the amount of wisdom she had gleaned from her years of poor choices. She didn’t let her negative past keep her from impacting the future of those around her in a positive way.
I’ve read many of Lawana Blackwell’s previous novels. It is so nice to have a new volume of hers to read.
A Haven on Orchard Lane may be a gentle read but it is full of social issues that touch every one of our lives in some way. Sometimes its good to walk a few miles in someone else’s shoes through the pages of a good book. Especially when dealing with hard issues like divorce and abuse.
There really is a haven to be found on Orchard Lane. I think you’ll enjoy your stay.
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.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.