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Homecoming at Orchard Rest (Orchard Rest Historical Southern Fiction Series, Book 5)

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Fifth in the Orchard Rest series. Join the Forrest and Marshall families once more in the latest installment of this Southern Gothic family saga as reunions abound and the past collides with the present in this long-awaited homecoming with a happily ever after. During the heated governor’s race of 1870, the Forrest and Marshall families find not everyone approves of the newe Fifth in the Orchard Rest series. Join the Forrest and Marshall families once more in the latest installment of this Southern Gothic family saga as reunions abound and the past collides with the present in this long-awaited homecoming with a happily ever after. During the heated governor’s race of 1870, the Forrest and Marshall families find not everyone approves of the newest partner at Orchard Rest. Theodore Forrest is torn between the familiarity of the past and the excitement of an unknown future when he unwittingly finds himself the object of affection of two strong women. Meanwhile, Ivy and Joseph are blissfully reconciled, but she wonders if her heart has healed enough to become a mother. When an unexpected guest arrives at Orchard Rest, she finds herself tested and learns more about herself than she ever thought possible. After years of happiness with Baldwin Dacey, Blanche Forrest returns home to Orchard Rest to finally confront her past and try to make amends. While she searches for something precious her late husband, Thomas, left her, she finds Gentry Forrest has a long memory. Her road to forgiveness is tested by the secrets he shares until a crisis upsets life on the plantation. And as they prepare for the academic year to begin, Somerset and Sawyer Russell find themselves alone for the first time in their marriage only to learn family is always within arm’s and heart’s reach.


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Fifth in the Orchard Rest series. Join the Forrest and Marshall families once more in the latest installment of this Southern Gothic family saga as reunions abound and the past collides with the present in this long-awaited homecoming with a happily ever after. During the heated governor’s race of 1870, the Forrest and Marshall families find not everyone approves of the newe Fifth in the Orchard Rest series. Join the Forrest and Marshall families once more in the latest installment of this Southern Gothic family saga as reunions abound and the past collides with the present in this long-awaited homecoming with a happily ever after. During the heated governor’s race of 1870, the Forrest and Marshall families find not everyone approves of the newest partner at Orchard Rest. Theodore Forrest is torn between the familiarity of the past and the excitement of an unknown future when he unwittingly finds himself the object of affection of two strong women. Meanwhile, Ivy and Joseph are blissfully reconciled, but she wonders if her heart has healed enough to become a mother. When an unexpected guest arrives at Orchard Rest, she finds herself tested and learns more about herself than she ever thought possible. After years of happiness with Baldwin Dacey, Blanche Forrest returns home to Orchard Rest to finally confront her past and try to make amends. While she searches for something precious her late husband, Thomas, left her, she finds Gentry Forrest has a long memory. Her road to forgiveness is tested by the secrets he shares until a crisis upsets life on the plantation. And as they prepare for the academic year to begin, Somerset and Sawyer Russell find themselves alone for the first time in their marriage only to learn family is always within arm’s and heart’s reach.

30 review for Homecoming at Orchard Rest (Orchard Rest Historical Southern Fiction Series, Book 5)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Charlsie Russell

    Fans of Hope Denney’s “Orchard Rest Historical Southern Fiction Series” will be delighted with Homecoming at Orchard Rest, number five in her gothic series focused on the tangled tribulations of the Marshalls of Virginia and the Forrests of Alabama. Before I go any further, I want to clarify to the reader that I am reviewing this work as a piece of Southern gothic fiction set in a historical period. It is first and foremost, in my opinion, a family saga highlighting the heavy crosses born by a d Fans of Hope Denney’s “Orchard Rest Historical Southern Fiction Series” will be delighted with Homecoming at Orchard Rest, number five in her gothic series focused on the tangled tribulations of the Marshalls of Virginia and the Forrests of Alabama. Before I go any further, I want to clarify to the reader that I am reviewing this work as a piece of Southern gothic fiction set in a historical period. It is first and foremost, in my opinion, a family saga highlighting the heavy crosses born by a dysfunctional Southern family and less a work of historical fiction or historical romance though both are present in the novel. The story picks up where the fourth installment to the series, Redemption at the Grove, leaves off with once imperiled loves growing stronger, but with others newly threatened. The past, which I consider characteristic of Southern fiction, again threatens to overshadow what were once perceived to be impregnable loves, friendships, and core beliefs founded, in the case of these two families, on shaky foundations. The foibles that drive and misdirect the (now familiar) characters introduced in the previous novels are ever present in Homecoming, so if you loved (or loved to hate) Somerset, Sawyer, Joseph, Ivy, Blanche (I’m not going to name them all, but if you’ve stuck with the series this long, you know to whom I refer), you’ll love them still, and you’ll find yourself once more rooting for them to overcome the internal flaws forever threatening their present and their future. Here, more so than any of the previous works, they do, and this reader was left with a satisfying finality at the end of this book, which I hope does not signal the end of this fine series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gin Tadvick

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

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    marcia jowers

  5. 4 out of 5

    Randi Sexton

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    Erin

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    Lloyd Goldberg

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    Hashtag Prose

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    Jennifer

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    Bridgett

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    Theresa Marden

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    Edward Vaccaro

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    nelva

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    Rachel Shannon

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    Frances M. Vitale

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    Darlene

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    Misty Nanninga

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    Lisa D. Mc Gowen

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    Diana brown

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    Amy Dove

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    Denise Brooks

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    Helen Davis

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lin

  30. 4 out of 5

    sheri

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