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Widow Rose Meadows eagerly accepts her brother-in-law's offer for her and her two daughters to live on his farm after her treatments in a sanatorium finds them needing a home. But is this scarred and reclusive man ready for all the changes these women will bring to his life? Widow Rose Meadows eagerly accepts her brother-in-law's offer for her and her two daughters to live on his farm after her treatments in a sanatorium finds them needing a home. But is this scarred and reclusive man ready for all the changes these women will bring to his life?


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Widow Rose Meadows eagerly accepts her brother-in-law's offer for her and her two daughters to live on his farm after her treatments in a sanatorium finds them needing a home. But is this scarred and reclusive man ready for all the changes these women will bring to his life? Widow Rose Meadows eagerly accepts her brother-in-law's offer for her and her two daughters to live on his farm after her treatments in a sanatorium finds them needing a home. But is this scarred and reclusive man ready for all the changes these women will bring to his life?

30 review for When the Meadow Blooms

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Blog Post here https://veganbookblogger.wordpress.co... This book is absolutely incredible! I've always loved this author's books and this one is my new favorite. Her storytelling is fabulous, her imagination more than impressive. It would be interesting talking with her and finding out what inspires her stories. A sanitarium would be a depressing place to be ,wondering if you would ever be able to leave, so would an orphanage. But this is where Rose and her two daughters are in the mid-nineteen twe Blog Post here https://veganbookblogger.wordpress.co... This book is absolutely incredible! I've always loved this author's books and this one is my new favorite. Her storytelling is fabulous, her imagination more than impressive. It would be interesting talking with her and finding out what inspires her stories. A sanitarium would be a depressing place to be ,wondering if you would ever be able to leave, so would an orphanage. But this is where Rose and her two daughters are in the mid-nineteen twenties when Rose is struck with tuberculous and she has no one to care for her children. She promises she'll be out quickly so they can be together again. Her daughters are young, the older protecting the younger. The time slowly passes, the mother is sad and lonely despairing of never seeing her daughters again. The girls starting to forget what mother looks like but never forgetting her love for them. Able to finally get out it seems as though it's a dream to be able to stay at her brother-in laws farm, Meadowland with her daughters. The girls help their mother and the youngest has a special affinity with nature and animals. Her brother in-law is a sad man grieving his past, not wanting to talk about it and keeping his heart shut tightly to any possibility of love. The girls at his farm start to make a big change in his heart as he's able to let love in again. I enjoyed seeing a spiritual growth in him. It's amazing what a crow and the man's visitors can do to start his healing process for his heart. We don't have to keep everything bottled up inside, healing is available if we just embrace it. So full of emotions, you will love this book and want to read it more than once. I know this book will stay with me for a long time. Pub May 3,22. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Characters: When I read the back cover, I assumed Dirk and Rose would be the main characters. They were main characters, but Calla, Rose's daughter, also turned out to be a main character. All of these main characters were well developed. Language: Clean. Moral/the Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Characters: When I read the back cover, I assumed Dirk and Rose would be the main characters. They were main characters, but Calla, Rose's daughter, also turned out to be a main character. All of these main characters were well developed. Language: Clean. Moral/theme: This novel contained themes of family and second chances. I appreciated that Bible verses were used several times throughout the course of the book. Plot: When the Meadow Blooms was more relaxing than riveting, but it did keep my interest for the most part. A few times, I thought too much time was spent on the characters' thoughts, and this made the story drag a little. Romance: Clean. Just kissing. Writing: Ann Gabhart's writing style flowed well and was easy to read. Overall: When the Meadow Blooms was a relaxing read, and I'd recommend it to those who enjoy Christian fiction and historical novels.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Prayers were simply empty words. What could prayer do for him? As soon as I started this book, I knew it was going to be a 5 star read. Ann H. Gabhart is a natural born storyteller, the kind you'd like to sit with on a rainy day by a crackling fire and just listen to her tell stories for hours. Or go for a long walk with her in early fall and hear her tell stories along the way. Maybe sit down on a fallen log and listen eagerly for each word. She has such a wonderful way with telling stories, he 'Prayers were simply empty words. What could prayer do for him? As soon as I started this book, I knew it was going to be a 5 star read. Ann H. Gabhart is a natural born storyteller, the kind you'd like to sit with on a rainy day by a crackling fire and just listen to her tell stories for hours. Or go for a long walk with her in early fall and hear her tell stories along the way. Maybe sit down on a fallen log and listen eagerly for each word. She has such a wonderful way with telling stories, her words flow sweetly as our hearts are filled with each character and their problems, joys, and love. This precious story, set in 1925, is one that I won't soon forget. A widow burdened with tuberculosis must let her two darling daughters go to an orphanage because she has to live in a sanitorium to be healed of this dread disease. These girls are not in the best place and situations arise that they call upon their father's brother, a man who is scarred and lives in seclusion. Can they count on Dirk to rescue them? Will his heart open to their plight? Hearts are closed and broken, fears run deep, old secrets cause pain. Will the meadow ever bloom again in these hearts? Gabhart has a winner here, one for the keeper shelf, as once again, our hearts are filled to the brim by this amazing storyteller. Well done! My thanks to Revell for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    It's 1925 and Rose Meadows has lost her husband to influenza, she is in a sanatorium recovering from tuberculosis, and her daughters, Sienna and Calla, are in an orphanage and being mistreated. The only family Rose has left is a brother-in-law, Dirk Meadows, who was burned badly in a fire and is a hermit at the family home, Meadowland. Will Dirk take them in and can the family become a family once more as they learn to hope and love at Meadowland? This is one of the most heartwarming and tender b It's 1925 and Rose Meadows has lost her husband to influenza, she is in a sanatorium recovering from tuberculosis, and her daughters, Sienna and Calla, are in an orphanage and being mistreated. The only family Rose has left is a brother-in-law, Dirk Meadows, who was burned badly in a fire and is a hermit at the family home, Meadowland. Will Dirk take them in and can the family become a family once more as they learn to hope and love at Meadowland? This is one of the most heartwarming and tender books I have read in a long time. This novel is definitely character driven as each of the family members finds their way back to love, tenderness, and caring; but, most of all, to trust that God can take away our burdens and leave us in their place with something beautiful and fulfilling. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pegg

    I'm a loyal Ann Gabhart fan. I've read ALL her books! If this one isn't her best, it's just as good as. Calla and Sienna Rose spend two years in an orphanage - even though they aren't orphans. Their mother is in a sanatorium - a special hospital for people with tuberculosis. Rose has nowhere to live and no way to make a living, but she's well enough to leave the sanatorium. She contacts her dead husband's brother for help, but she didn't expect him to show up to collect her and the girls. The cr I'm a loyal Ann Gabhart fan. I've read ALL her books! If this one isn't her best, it's just as good as. Calla and Sienna Rose spend two years in an orphanage - even though they aren't orphans. Their mother is in a sanatorium - a special hospital for people with tuberculosis. Rose has nowhere to live and no way to make a living, but she's well enough to leave the sanatorium. She contacts her dead husband's brother for help, but she didn't expect him to show up to collect her and the girls. The crusty reclusive bachelor doesn't know what to expect when his brother's family comes to live with him, but it certainly wasn't the unearthing of long-held secrets. Beautifully told from 3 viewpoints that suck the reader deep into the characters' lives. Well worth reading!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    WOW! This has left me speechless as my heart and mind digest the flawless storytelling. Ms. Gabhart has outdone herself with this exceptional story that grabs you from from the first sentence and is still holding on at the last one. Could we have a sequel please as this feels like family. My sister was reading from her library yesterday and she felt the same way. Calla and Sienna captured my heart from the beginning as my mom experienced some of the same treatment while in an orphanage except sh WOW! This has left me speechless as my heart and mind digest the flawless storytelling. Ms. Gabhart has outdone herself with this exceptional story that grabs you from from the first sentence and is still holding on at the last one. Could we have a sequel please as this feels like family. My sister was reading from her library yesterday and she felt the same way. Calla and Sienna captured my heart from the beginning as my mom experienced some of the same treatment while in an orphanage except she was locked in a basement instead of a closet. The author captures so much truth in her words as I actually heard these words from my mom’s lips. The beauty and poetic feel to this story is breathtaking and therefore makes this my favorite read so far this year. I loved all the characters flaws and all and the growth they showed especially Dirk was realistic. The redemption, grace, forgiveness, and love shown left me with tears. This author isn’t just an author but a gifted storyteller like sitting on the front porch of Appalachia and listening to your grandparents stories. I would give this more stars if I could and highly recommend moving it to the top of your TBR pile. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    A powerful story of healing and restoration. Dirk Meadows has lived alone for a long time, with only his scars for company. Widow Rose is forced to put her children in an orphanage while she seeks treatment for consumption. But when a short term stay turns into a years long residency and her daughter ages out, they need a more permanent solution. So they write to Rose's brother-in-law, a recluse with a Farm in Kentucky. A compelling read with excellent character development, with a powerful mess A powerful story of healing and restoration. Dirk Meadows has lived alone for a long time, with only his scars for company. Widow Rose is forced to put her children in an orphanage while she seeks treatment for consumption. But when a short term stay turns into a years long residency and her daughter ages out, they need a more permanent solution. So they write to Rose's brother-in-law, a recluse with a Farm in Kentucky. A compelling read with excellent character development, with a powerful message of hope. I liked how this book was engaging, but at the same time it took the time to develop the characters and show how all of their lives change once they come to Meadowland. I liked how Rose and Cala hold to their faith through the challenges that they face. I think my favorite thing about this book was the effect that their arrival has on Dirk, pushing him outside of his insulated comfort zone. A poignant and beautifully rendered read, with a wonderful unfolding message of restoration, forgiveness, faith and family. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Endearing story of family, love and forgiveness, with a hint of romance. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Historical setting in 1925. Three points of view. All characters suffered tragedy in their young lives. The story is their communal effort to work through the pain and move forward. God is central to the story, if not always in the moment for each of them. The story ends with much hope for a bright future. The story draws the reader along, in anticipation and hope for the characters to succeed in Endearing story of family, love and forgiveness, with a hint of romance. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Historical setting in 1925. Three points of view. All characters suffered tragedy in their young lives. The story is their communal effort to work through the pain and move forward. God is central to the story, if not always in the moment for each of them. The story ends with much hope for a bright future. The story draws the reader along, in anticipation and hope for the characters to succeed in shedding their past and finding a bright future, including growing in their personal faith in God. The story is not about circumstances, but the characters' response and strength in them, including the youngest. As always the author has well developed characters and balance between the elements of the story. I highly recommend this clean family story to readers young and old. I received my copy as an Advanced Reading Copy from Library Thing in return for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    From the beautiful cover to the last page when the characters sing the Doxology, When the Meadow Blooms is a grand story that encompasses many emotions. Hardship and sorrow seem to follow Rose and her daughters, Calla and Sienna as Rose battles TB and the girls endure time in an orphanage. The past haunts Dirk Meadows when he cannot get over the grief of losing family members and his first, young love. In addition, he was badly burned in a barn fire. But when Rose, the girls and Dirk meet again, From the beautiful cover to the last page when the characters sing the Doxology, When the Meadow Blooms is a grand story that encompasses many emotions. Hardship and sorrow seem to follow Rose and her daughters, Calla and Sienna as Rose battles TB and the girls endure time in an orphanage. The past haunts Dirk Meadows when he cannot get over the grief of losing family members and his first, young love. In addition, he was badly burned in a barn fire. But when Rose, the girls and Dirk meet again, healing and hope slowly take over. God comforts Rose through the words of Romans 8. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor thing present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.” This is one of my very favorite verses and I am glad Ms. Gabhart chose it to illustrate the faith that Rose clung to. I like that the meadow on the farm played a part in the book. It was a favorite place for young Sienna, who loved nature and animals. It was something she looked forward to when she was waiting in the orphanage. It personified hope and new birth. A family Bible, likewise, was instrumental in bringing lost souls home. Reading a book by Ann Gabhart is like sitting with an old and trusted friend and sharing comforting words of faith. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    This was a sweet historical that focused on a widow and her 2 daughters, primarily. When Rose finds herself with Tuberculosis, she has to enter a sanitorium and surrenders her 2 girls to a local orphanage until she can take care of them again. Thinking it will only be a few weeks or months at most, she's devastated when 2 years have passed. As both she and her oldest daughter Calla are praying, God brings to mind the same solution to both of them - Rose's brother-in-law and Calla's uncle - the r This was a sweet historical that focused on a widow and her 2 daughters, primarily. When Rose finds herself with Tuberculosis, she has to enter a sanitorium and surrenders her 2 girls to a local orphanage until she can take care of them again. Thinking it will only be a few weeks or months at most, she's devastated when 2 years have passed. As both she and her oldest daughter Calla are praying, God brings to mind the same solution to both of them - Rose's brother-in-law and Calla's uncle - the reclusive Dirk Meadows. This book had me smiling throughout, as the characters had fabulous dispositions even though they faced many hardships. I appreciated their faith and the strength with which they kept it. I loved the relationship between Calla and Sienna, the 2 sisters - and how they looked out for one another. Sweet little Sienna wormed her way into my heart just as readily as she did her uncle's. And the relationship both girls had with their mother was also very sweet. I enjoyed the characters throughout, but also enjoyed the character development. All of the characters, especially Dirk, grow through the duration of the book. There was also a bit of mystery surrounding events that had happened 20 years prior that did find resolution at the end of the book, and I was glad to see the characters get closure on that. My only complaint was that the romance element in this one that started out super subtle felt a bit abrupt and rushed at the end. I would have liked to have seen that element grow and develop a bit more in the same manner as the rest of the story, but I can't even deduct stars for it because I enjoyed the story so much. This is definitely a new favorite of this author's. Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Meadowland sounds like heaven to me, and I dream at night about Sienna running through meadows of daisies and butterflies." . . . . . "And in spite of his reluctance, he too, could see the child running through a meadow. His meadow." Having lived a solitary life for many years, imagine Dirk Meadows' surprise when his mailbox contained not one, but two letters from his dead brother's family members; one from Frank's widow, and the other from his oldest niece, Calla. Independent of each o 3.5 stars "Meadowland sounds like heaven to me, and I dream at night about Sienna running through meadows of daisies and butterflies." . . . . . "And in spite of his reluctance, he too, could see the child running through a meadow. His meadow." Having lived a solitary life for many years, imagine Dirk Meadows' surprise when his mailbox contained not one, but two letters from his dead brother's family members; one from Frank's widow, and the other from his oldest niece, Calla. Independent of each other, they had both requested his help. Could a scarred, reclusive bachelor find room in his heart, and in his home, for three lovely young ladies? Perhaps it was time for Dirk's heart to get a makeover. "A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." Ecclesiastes 36:26 What a "love comes softly" sort of story; beginning with nearly indescribable hardships and ending with fields of everlasting hope. Mind you, Dirk and his feminine residents make their share of missteps, and the past's stronghold on Dirk's psyche is a formidable obstacle to overcome, but miracles are possible and "forever is a long, long time". Enjoy your time in the meadows!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "When the Meadow Blooms" is a Christian historical set in 1925 in Kentucky. Rose was told by her husband that his brother wanted to be left alone, so she's tried to manage being widowed and having tuberculosis by putting her daughters in an orphanage. It was only meant to be for a month or two while she recovered at a sanatorium, but years have past. She's started to suspect that her daughters are being abused, but her doctor doesn't want to release her unless she has someplace to continue to he "When the Meadow Blooms" is a Christian historical set in 1925 in Kentucky. Rose was told by her husband that his brother wanted to be left alone, so she's tried to manage being widowed and having tuberculosis by putting her daughters in an orphanage. It was only meant to be for a month or two while she recovered at a sanatorium, but years have past. She's started to suspect that her daughters are being abused, but her doctor doesn't want to release her unless she has someplace to continue to heal. In desperation, she asks her brother-in-law to help. To her surprise, he's willing to bring her family to Meadowland. The first half of the story was suspenseful as the adults tried to work out how to retrieve the children from the abusive orphanage. We see events from the point of view of Rose, Dirk, and the children. Historical details were woven into the story which helped bring the story alive in my imagination. The characters were complex and grew as people as they faced the present difficulties and past events. There was some romance between Rose and Dirk as they spent time together. But Dirk had to heal from the past first, so much of the second half focused on what had happened to the girl he had intended to marry. The children prayed to God for help and saw those prayers answered. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this enjoyable historical. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I was very happy to receive this book and no I wasn't disappointed at all! Gabhart is a wonderful author with awesome descriptions of Kentucky that makes her stories special. This story is my favorite and will be added to my collection of favorites. It's my favorite because of the sweet love that was within it's pages. Not overly done at all! The beautiful messages especially about how the Lord can make the hardest of hearts soften. I really liked that one. The one in Ecclesiastics is a gentle remin I was very happy to receive this book and no I wasn't disappointed at all! Gabhart is a wonderful author with awesome descriptions of Kentucky that makes her stories special. This story is my favorite and will be added to my collection of favorites. It's my favorite because of the sweet love that was within it's pages. Not overly done at all! The beautiful messages especially about how the Lord can make the hardest of hearts soften. I really liked that one. The one in Ecclesiastics is a gentle reminder that there is a time and place for everything. My heart ached for Dirk and everything he went through. I found myself wanting to cry as his story unfolded for sad tears and happy ones too. The girls stole my heart the most. I felt their fears, their joys and sometimes their sorrows too. Gabhart writes a powerful story about forgiveness, love and trust but most of all forgiveness especially yourself. I love the way she uses Louisville as the backdrop for her story. There were definitely certain people in this book that I didn't like and I felt that she got what she deserved. This book seems like it is a version of Beauty and the Beast but it is my favorite version. I love this author's books because she leaves my heart feeling full and very satisfied. I love her Kentucky stories because that was once my home as well and I miss it but like Dirk I've moved on. So, through her stories I get to go home again 5 stars for a job well done! My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    This amazing story is one of perseverance and hope, of trust and responsibility, of sadness and despair, of love and redemption, and of belief in God and his loving plan for his creation. It also is a story of cruelty, of sickness, of deceit, of secrets, and of death. Author Ann Gabhart has given her readers another wonderful story of historical fiction set in 1925. Rose Meadows, a widow with two young daughters, must abandon her children to an orphanage when she enters a sanatorium for treatmen This amazing story is one of perseverance and hope, of trust and responsibility, of sadness and despair, of love and redemption, and of belief in God and his loving plan for his creation. It also is a story of cruelty, of sickness, of deceit, of secrets, and of death. Author Ann Gabhart has given her readers another wonderful story of historical fiction set in 1925. Rose Meadows, a widow with two young daughters, must abandon her children to an orphanage when she enters a sanatorium for treatment of tuberculosis. Weeks turn into months, and finally, two long years later, she is recovered enough to leave. But, unable to support her family, she turns to the only family she has left: her deceased husband’s reclusive brother. Dirk is very much a loner, still dealing with the abandonment of his true love two decades earlier. He must cope with the disappointments of his past even while he tries to welcome three unfamiliar females into his life. Witnessing the harsh treatment the girls received at the orphanage only makes him more determined to give them a home. If he can, that is. How these damaged souls come together to help and heal is quite an inspirational story. With characters that come alive on the page, and with an intricate plot so well written that readers will find find it hard to put down, this book is highly recommended to readers of inspirational Christian fiction as well as historical fiction.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    If I had to choose one word to describe this book, I would choose bittersweet. This story is filled with hope and happiness but it also has it’s sadness. The beautiful cover caught my attention and the title captured my interest but once I began reading, the story itself drew me in. I really enjoyed this sweet story. It’s slower-paced but I found that I actually enjoyed that. As the story progresses, we get to see the characters grow as well. I quickly liked these characters, especially Dirk. He If I had to choose one word to describe this book, I would choose bittersweet. This story is filled with hope and happiness but it also has it’s sadness. The beautiful cover caught my attention and the title captured my interest but once I began reading, the story itself drew me in. I really enjoyed this sweet story. It’s slower-paced but I found that I actually enjoyed that. As the story progresses, we get to see the characters grow as well. I quickly liked these characters, especially Dirk. He was such a well-written, broken person and I really loved watching his character growth. His story was an emotional journey and a few times I was close to tears. He’s one of those characters I just wanted to hug! Calla and Sienna were precious girls and I liked both of them a lot. As for Rose, I didn’t feel as if I got to know her as much as I would have liked but what I did know of her, I really liked her. She had a quiet strength of character and I admired her for it! I absolutely loved the setting! Meadowland sounded perfect. I really enjoyed watching the girls find happiness in the smallest of things. In that way, it reminded me of Anne of Green Gables a bit. Perhaps it was because the girls had lived in an orphanage or because Sienna was a dreamer. Either way, Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorites so I loved that this story reminded me of it a little! The faith was beautifully woven in and enriched the story so much! I love how Rose and her girls relied on God’s truth through their hard times. I love redemption stories so I really enjoyed watching Dirk’s journey! The content is clean! Light romance and no language. There’s a bit of violence but not very detailed. In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a slower-paced story but it never really felt slow-paced to me. There’s not a ton of action but enough to keep the story exciting. In fact, I finished the book within two days. The story really is beautiful. There’s a lot of sad moments but there’s also a lot of joy and hope found. Watching all of these broken characters come together was wonderful. I loved that there was Christian faith woven in and a message to remember. If you’re a fan of stories of faith set in the early 1900s with a country setting, this one was really good! Also if you are a fan of Janette Oke’s books, this book has a similar feel to her books. It’s a perfect read for spring and summer! *Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for a review! All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    Another wonderful story from Ms. Gabhart! This one takes you to Meadowland where these characters definitely find healing in a very special and unique way. The author does a great job with the characters and making them each unique and have their own storyline. The story does flow seamlessly and you can follow it along quite well. I was glad to see how it all unfolded and the mystery part of the story was surprising to me and did not quite expect it while I read the story. Dirk's character was m Another wonderful story from Ms. Gabhart! This one takes you to Meadowland where these characters definitely find healing in a very special and unique way. The author does a great job with the characters and making them each unique and have their own storyline. The story does flow seamlessly and you can follow it along quite well. I was glad to see how it all unfolded and the mystery part of the story was surprising to me and did not quite expect it while I read the story. Dirk's character was my favorite. He was a recluse who struggles not only in his faith but is battling a broken heart. He has a disfigurement due to a fire and feels like he can't be seen as normal to people. When Rose and her girls contact him everything changes and you see him unfolding into something different. You truly see his character grow throughout the story. I wish there would've been more interaction with Dirk and Rose. I mean there was some, don't get me wrong but the few times that they were together though very important int he story I felt was not enough to develop the relationship that they eventually ended up with. Overall I thought it was a good story. Ann Gabhart is a wonderful story teller and she truly captivates you with not only her characters but the settings that she writes her stories in. If you enjoy Christian Historical I definitely recommend you grab this one! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    A deeply moving story of 4 people who have been traumatized, and how the Lord moves in special ways to bring them all together. Damages that might permanently scar them, they find their way out of the sadness, the grief, the hurt, and into the healing light, the fresh air and nature, and gradually learn to heal. The hopefulness and buoyancy of the children, the strength of the mother, and the deep love and protectiveness of the uncle all shine together in one big beautiful light. The characters hav A deeply moving story of 4 people who have been traumatized, and how the Lord moves in special ways to bring them all together. Damages that might permanently scar them, they find their way out of the sadness, the grief, the hurt, and into the healing light, the fresh air and nature, and gradually learn to heal. The hopefulness and buoyancy of the children, the strength of the mother, and the deep love and protectiveness of the uncle all shine together in one big beautiful light. The characters have so much depth, and their stories are so adroitly woven together, that you will find yourself yearning to know what happens next. It's amazing, how much insight Ann Gabhart has into the intricacies of the mind and heart, and I praise God that she is using the talents God gave her to write such a wholesome and theraputic story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for high-quality Christian fiction. Thanks, Ann, for writing this book. I look forward to your next gem from the jewelry box of your keyboard. Romans 10:8-13; John 3:16-21

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    This story is mostly about 2 brothers and their family life. Rose Meadows was married to Frank. They had 2 daughters, Calla and Sienna. Frank loved his wife and girls but was always looking for more. He could not hold on to his earnings and had a gambling problem. He decided to go into the army looking for excitement. Unfortunately, he did not come home. Because of unsanitary living conditions, Rose contracted tuberculosis. She could not continue to take care of her daughters and they were taken This story is mostly about 2 brothers and their family life. Rose Meadows was married to Frank. They had 2 daughters, Calla and Sienna. Frank loved his wife and girls but was always looking for more. He could not hold on to his earnings and had a gambling problem. He decided to go into the army looking for excitement. Unfortunately, he did not come home. Because of unsanitary living conditions, Rose contracted tuberculosis. She could not continue to take care of her daughters and they were taken to an orphanage. These girls were not treated well at this home for girls. The other brother, Dirk Meadows, was in love with Anneliese Rainsley and they were to be married. The only thing holding up this happening was that the Rainsleys and the Meadows did not get along. Bad feelings between the two families happened years ago. Anneliese disappeared and Dirk could never get over this huge disappointment. Dirk lived alone and felt sorry for himself. Rose sensed that her daughters were in danger and she reluctantly wrote a letter to Dirk to ask for funds to help her move her daughters out of the orphanage when she recovered from TB. At the same time, things were getting worse for the girls at the orphanage and Calla found out where her Uncle Dirk lived and she also wrote a letter to him. When Dirk received both these letters, he had to make a big decision to give up his reclusiveness and help Rose and his nieces. This was a big step for Dirk to make. I loved how the author brought in the title of the book throughout the storyline. Ann Gabhart is a wonderful lover of nature and this book is so full of beauty. I would love to see the meadow in full bloom because of her creative expression of it. I received a review copy courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    This is one outstanding and exceptional historical fiction by Ann Gabhart. Her storytelling is filled with dimensional characters, scenes, dialogues and realistic situations that draw me into each book I’ve read. When the Meadows Blooms has to be her best story yet. The historical setting in the 1920’s with Rose Meadows in a sanatorium and her two daughters in an orphanage. There longing to be together could be felt as I read each word. My heart went out to Calla and Sienna with tears at time fo This is one outstanding and exceptional historical fiction by Ann Gabhart. Her storytelling is filled with dimensional characters, scenes, dialogues and realistic situations that draw me into each book I’ve read. When the Meadows Blooms has to be her best story yet. The historical setting in the 1920’s with Rose Meadows in a sanatorium and her two daughters in an orphanage. There longing to be together could be felt as I read each word. My heart went out to Calla and Sienna with tears at time for the treatment Sienna received as well as Calla later. Dirk Meadows was a recluse with his scars as a young man and losing the love of his life. His career was intriguing with his nature articles and how he perceived things at his Meadlowland home. There is touching and heartbreaking scenes that are filled with unexpected heart pounding happenings, tender moments, letting go, forgiveness and a second chance at romance and happiness with God’s love being present for each one despite the past difficulties and sorrowful times. I highly recommend fans of Christian historical fiction to read Ann Gabhart’s latest release. This story has stayed with me and I would love to see a sequel with Calla and Lincoln then Sienna’s story. I borrowed this book from our library inter-loan services, thus a review was not required. I have expressed my own thoughts.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yannick-Tricia

    Sienna and Calla find shelter at their uncle’s farm with their mother. After two years in a sanatorium because of tuberculosis Rose Meadows is reunited with her daughters. Her husband died years ago and she was not very closed from his familly but Dirk Meadows is the only person who could help them. Dirk is a man with his secrets, reminiscing his past especially a failed relationship before the incident… It’s a beautiful story, the way God orchestrated the reunion with Dirk was touching. I liked Sienna and Calla find shelter at their uncle’s farm with their mother. After two years in a sanatorium because of tuberculosis Rose Meadows is reunited with her daughters. Her husband died years ago and she was not very closed from his familly but Dirk Meadows is the only person who could help them. Dirk is a man with his secrets, reminiscing his past especially a failed relationship before the incident… It’s a beautiful story, the way God orchestrated the reunion with Dirk was touching. I liked Calla’s confidence in God. Dirk is a broken man running away from God and afraid to open his heart to love. But gently God help him to realized how he needed to leave the past behind him, let go of his guilt to enjoy his new family. It’s a story of healing and restoration and very well written. It’s my first book from this author but I will check out her other books. "When we love, when we care, we can be hurt, but trust me, Calla, giving and receiving love is worth more than whatever hurt might come". I received a copy of this book and this is an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Rose Meadows becomes a widow when she loses her husband during the 1918 flu epidemic. She works as a milliner until she is diagnosed with tuberculosis. There is no other choice but to leave her two daughters, Calla and Sienna in a children’s home while she gets treatment. Rose wants to be with her daughters again and the girls want to be reunited with their mother but so much is standing in the way. It all seems impossible. This book starts off very sad because everything is an endless struggle f Rose Meadows becomes a widow when she loses her husband during the 1918 flu epidemic. She works as a milliner until she is diagnosed with tuberculosis. There is no other choice but to leave her two daughters, Calla and Sienna in a children’s home while she gets treatment. Rose wants to be with her daughters again and the girls want to be reunited with their mother but so much is standing in the way. It all seems impossible. This book starts off very sad because everything is an endless struggle for Rose and her daughters. But while there is much disappointment, heartbreak, and sorrow there is something stronger weaved throughout the story... continue reading on the blog - https://everydaywiththeking.com/when-... I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    When the Meadow Blooms offers a vivid picture of dealing with tuberculosis in 1925 Kentucky, and author Ann H. Gabhart has created wonderful characters and written some of her best words ever! This is a touching story filled with so many emotions: uncertainty, fear, and separation, but it also shows the power of love and faith. I smiled, I cried, and I remembered, but I was left with so much joy! As the Meadow Blooms is a poignant 5-star read and it's one that will remain on the keeper shelf in When the Meadow Blooms offers a vivid picture of dealing with tuberculosis in 1925 Kentucky, and author Ann H. Gabhart has created wonderful characters and written some of her best words ever! This is a touching story filled with so many emotions: uncertainty, fear, and separation, but it also shows the power of love and faith. I smiled, I cried, and I remembered, but I was left with so much joy! As the Meadow Blooms is a poignant 5-star read and it's one that will remain on the keeper shelf in my bookcase! I received a copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts. My full review can be seen @ https://connie-oldersmarter.blogspot....

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)

    This is sweet historical Christian fiction and it was quite an intriguing story. The beginning is what really grabbed my attention, the orphanage and the sanitarium. I had to know if Rose would be reunited with her girls. The way the girls were treated at the orphanage had me cringing and I wanted justice for them. I admired Calla’s bravery and Dirk’s desire to do what was right by his family. Rose was gentle and I loved her steady and wise outlook on life. Sienna brought a smile to my face and This is sweet historical Christian fiction and it was quite an intriguing story. The beginning is what really grabbed my attention, the orphanage and the sanitarium. I had to know if Rose would be reunited with her girls. The way the girls were treated at the orphanage had me cringing and I wanted justice for them. I admired Calla’s bravery and Dirk’s desire to do what was right by his family. Rose was gentle and I loved her steady and wise outlook on life. Sienna brought a smile to my face and I felt like she was such a beautiful spirit. The author does a wonderful job making the characters real to the reader. I felt like I knew them. An absolutely beautiful and bittersweet story of love and forgiveness, healing and hope. When the Meadow Blooms has the perfect gentle weave of faith. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I’ve read several books by Ann in the past but it’s been a few years. I have to say this was probably my favorite book I have read by her. I think it was the wonderful cast of characters and the engaging story. It was all so well done. Sweet Sienna will wrap herself around your heart and not let go. It’s so sad to think that women might have to make that tough choice to leave their children in an orphanage while they recuperated from illness. If you like Ann’s book or have never read one but enjoy I’ve read several books by Ann in the past but it’s been a few years. I have to say this was probably my favorite book I have read by her. I think it was the wonderful cast of characters and the engaging story. It was all so well done. Sweet Sienna will wrap herself around your heart and not let go. It’s so sad to think that women might have to make that tough choice to leave their children in an orphanage while they recuperated from illness. If you like Ann’s book or have never read one but enjoy historical fiction I highly recommend this read. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Layton

    Beautiful story This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be the last. This is a beautiful live story with characters that draw you right in. The struggles were real and almost can compare them to now aday struggles. Love wins if you let the process go through its different steps. A story of love, faith, forgiveness and most of all the live of family if I could give it 10 stars I surely would Beautiful story This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be the last. This is a beautiful live story with characters that draw you right in. The struggles were real and almost can compare them to now aday struggles. Love wins if you let the process go through its different steps. A story of love, faith, forgiveness and most of all the live of family if I could give it 10 stars I surely would

  26. 5 out of 5

    Helena

    I adored the characters of this novel, and the plotline was heart-wrenching, and kept me turning the pages. Unfortunately I felt the ending was too lovely, too perfectly wrapped up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks... Another great read by Ann H Gabhart. I think When the Meadow Blooms has to be the sweetest book, she has written that I’ve read. I have to say Sienna was my favorite character there was just something about her child like Faith. And of course, her “friendship” with two crows bought back childhood memories of my own. But Calla was the character I related the most too because I am also a big sister. And there just something ingrained that first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks... Another great read by Ann H Gabhart. I think When the Meadow Blooms has to be the sweetest book, she has written that I’ve read. I have to say Sienna was my favorite character there was just something about her child like Faith. And of course, her “friendship” with two crows bought back childhood memories of my own. But Calla was the character I related the most too because I am also a big sister. And there just something ingrained that makes us want to protect our younger siblings. And Calla at 15 had it more than most because of all she’d been through. And I loved the faith content that Gabhart continues to weave through her stories. I laughed and I cried and more importantly I rejoiced with the characters. I can’t wait for the next Gabhart book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a blog tour I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Rose Meadows is in a sanitarium because she has tuberculosis. Her daughters are in a Home for Girls and Rose wants nothing more than to be reunited with her girls. Rose's late husband's brother has a farm with large meadows which would be perfect for the girls. What Rose doesn't know is that the headmistress of the Home for Girls is mistreating the children in her care. She just knows she wants her daughters back. Calla, Rose's elder daughter, sees the abuse her younger sister is experiencing in Rose Meadows is in a sanitarium because she has tuberculosis. Her daughters are in a Home for Girls and Rose wants nothing more than to be reunited with her girls. Rose's late husband's brother has a farm with large meadows which would be perfect for the girls. What Rose doesn't know is that the headmistress of the Home for Girls is mistreating the children in her care. She just knows she wants her daughters back. Calla, Rose's elder daughter, sees the abuse her younger sister is experiencing in the home and finds the address for her father's brother. She writes and asks him to rescue them from the home. At the same time, Rose writes to her brother-in-law asking for assistance so that she can leave the sanitarium. Dirk Meadows is a reclusive, wounded man who relishes his privacy, but understands the needs of his brother's family. He steps up and brings Rose and the girls to his home called Meadowlands. His rules are few and Calla, especially works hard to keep his house neat and chores done to thank him for rescuing them. This book takes on some spiritual issues and shows through the characters how they are resolved in such a satisfying way. While taking place during the 1920s, Ann H Gabhart has included such issues as acceptance, looking beyond outward appearances to see the heart, forgiveness, healing, and acknowledging God's presence even when He seems far away. She weaves these emotions and ideas into her story seamlessly and those are engaging traits for a book to have. She is a masterful author who works hard at her craft to bring satisfying tales to her readers. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a Meadow full of wild flowers. Revell Publishing and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Shouse

    Beautifully written story that was hard to put down. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. I absolutely love that the setting of this book takes place in Kentucky. The characters are intricately woven into the fabric of the story, and you are pulled into their plight as the story unfolds. It's a story about healing, family, faith, forgiveness, and love. I highly recommend this book for all who love Christian fiction. Beautifully written story that was hard to put down. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. I absolutely love that the setting of this book takes place in Kentucky. The characters are intricately woven into the fabric of the story, and you are pulled into their plight as the story unfolds. It's a story about healing, family, faith, forgiveness, and love. I highly recommend this book for all who love Christian fiction.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thank you to Netgalley and Revell for an advanced copy of this book. This was a beautiful story of strength, forgiveness, perseverance, trust, and faith. My reviews don't provide spoilers, but I loved getting to know each character. Each have such unique qualities which make you love each one. I would actually like to see this continue in a series to continue into their lives, but possibly one just for Callie as she grows up and closer to the age to marry, but then might as well have one more bo Thank you to Netgalley and Revell for an advanced copy of this book. This was a beautiful story of strength, forgiveness, perseverance, trust, and faith. My reviews don't provide spoilers, but I loved getting to know each character. Each have such unique qualities which make you love each one. I would actually like to see this continue in a series to continue into their lives, but possibly one just for Callie as she grows up and closer to the age to marry, but then might as well have one more book to discuss Sienna as she grows up as well. Sienna was just the cutest. I could just picture her running around the meadow with her unique gift she has with nature and animals especially. I truly felt sad for Dirk as well as Rose and their difficult lives, but thankful for the heartfelt ending. This was a 5 star book for me.

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