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Book Reviews of A Haven on Orchard Lane

A Haven on Orchard Lane
A Haven on Orchard Lane
Author: Lawana Blackwell
ISBN-13: 9780764217937
ISBN-10: 0764217933
Publication Date: 6/7/2016
Pages: 407
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
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readinggranny avatar reviewed A Haven on Orchard Lane on + 87 more book reviews
I have read all of Lawana Blackwell books and this one did not disappoint me. The main character Charlotte Ward attempts to return to the London stage after a 5year absent, it is not successful and she suffers a physical collapse. Her estranged daughter comes to her rescue and moves with her mother to a small Quiet English coastal village. The story is interesting as Rosalind and her mother make friends with the people of the small village and re-establish their relationship.
maggysue avatar reviewed A Haven on Orchard Lane on + 811 more book reviews
Loved reading this book by Lawana Blackwell. A good story of relationships and kindness. Highly recommended!
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I enjoyed the village this author created. It was truly a haven, not only for Charlotte and her daughter Rosalind, but also for those people who came in contact with them. Charlotte was so endearing and humble yet her wisdom touched so many lives and she embodied God's love for others. Full review is at my website lorainenunley(dot)com

I received this book complimentary in a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
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A Haven on Orchard Lane is the latest novel by Lawana Blackwell. Charlotte Ward was an actress until she married Roger Fosberry, Viscount of Spilsby. Charlotte is desperate to escape his clutches. Roger is not a kind man and his housekeeper is more like a jailer. Charlotte receives an invitation to come back to the Lyceum Theater from Mr. Henry Irving (it took some work to get the letter to her). With a little help, Charlotte escapes one night and heads to London. Charlotte steps out onto the stage and collapses. Charlotte needs rest and a safe place to hide from the press. Rosalind is Charlotte's daughter from her second marriage (Roger was her third husband). Rosalind was raised by Aunt Vesta and is now a teacher in Cheltenham. Rosalind reluctantly heads to London. Rosalind collects Charlotte and takes her to Port Stilwell to recover. They rent a house (well, they thought they were getting a whole house) and Rosalind gets Charlotte settled. Rosalind is hoping she will be able to return to her teaching post soon. These two have a complicated relationship, but maybe this is there chance for them to get to know each other and mend fences (everyone deserves forgiveness and a second chance). Rosalind soon finds a friend (and maybe more) in Jude Pearce, the local bookseller. Rosalind and Charlotte find friends in this quaint town and have a chance to help others (like Danny and Albert Fletcher). But then someone tries to destroy the life they have built. If you want to know more, you will have to read A Haven on Orchard Lane!

I fell in love with Lawana Blackwell's novels many, many years ago. I was tickled to see a new book by Ms. Blackwell. A Haven on Orchard Lane is a lovely, historical novel with a Christian theme (forgiveness, helping others, trusting in God, second chances). The writing is very good, but the pace is a little slow (I also felt the novel was also a wee bit too long). I liked the characters (they are complex and well developed as well as realistic) and the writer did a great job with describing the locations (London, Fosberry Hall, Port Stilwell, and the bookshop) as well as the historical content. I give A Haven on Orchard Lane 4 out of 5 stars. I thought the book was a little flat, but overall a nice book to read on a relaxing afternoon. A Haven on Orchard Lane is a nice escape book. A book without violence, foul language, and intimate relations. I will definitely read future books by Lawana Blackwell (I have actually read all her published books).

I received a complimentary copy of A Haven on Orchard Lane in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
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