A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell was a welcome surprise to me. I remember loving her books when I was younger, but I haven't seen any from her in a long time. When I saw a book written by her to review, I was so excited! But then when I read her premise I was hesitant. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy her story or not, but I was willing to take a chance to read her writing again. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was into the story, but honestly, I shouldn't have been since her writing has always been superb. Her characters have always had depth and realistic problems to resolve.
Charlotte Ward has been in a demeaning, controlling marriage for the last few years so when she gets an unexpected opportunity to go back on stage she is ecstatic. But she has let herself go in her new life and is nervous if they would be happy with her. Because of her husband, Charlotte had to leave in the middle of the night to get to London where she happily reunites with the theatre. But at her first play she sees her husband smirking at her and blanks out.
Rosalind, Charlotte's daughter, gets a message about her mother at the school she teaches at. She hasn't seen her mother in years and doesn't want to renew her acquaintance with her, but her friend encourages her to help her mother out.
Charlotte is happy to see her daughter after years apart and is hoping that they can finally be close, but notices Rosalind isn't as happy about the situation. Will they ever be able to reclaim their lost relationship?
I really enjoyed the depth of this story. The mother and daughter relationship was superbly done, and I loved how Rosalind really desired to do what God wanted even if it wasn't what she wanted to do. I think this story would be enjoyed by anyone who loves stories with more depth. You don't have to be a historical fiction enthusiast to fall in love with this book!
I was given this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.