Monday 22 July 2013

Book Review: Small Town Girl


About The Book:

How long can two people stand on the brink of love without plunging in headfirst?

In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates with apprehension, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can't draw her interest.

Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything and Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways. Could she truly be in love with him? And if he enlists, will she ever see him again?
In her gentle and textured style, Ann H. Gabhart tells a timeless story of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip your heart and stir your spirit. Fans of Gabhart's Angel Sister will love seeing Kate Merritt all grown-up, as well as other characters they have come to love.

My relaxing river companion, what a great place to read!

My Reflections:

 Ann Gabhart takes her readers on a sweet coming of age drama. Kate thinks love may have passed her by as she watches her sister marry the only man she believes she has loved since she was fifteen.

Kate, the sister in the middle, finds her self drawn to the best man, and drifter by the name of Jay Tanner. After snubbing her life long friend to explore her feelings, Kate struggles to understand her new found friendship towards Mr Tanner, and decide whether to give in to her emotions or hold fast to her stubborn determination and beliefs towards him.  Will love win out? Does the  handsome rugged Tanner go to war?

Gabhart captures the World War II era in this novel authentically, with all the sacrifices and anticipation vibrating off the pages you feel as though you too are trapped in the time when the world was drastically changed.

Gabhart has masterfully painted her readers an endearing and enchanting town in Rosy Corner. The residents are colorful and engaging and the story wraps its self around your heart until you truly feel like you know the characters. I absolutely love when I read a novel that envelops my senses enough to make me forget the world around me. This is one of those books!

I have not had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series but will definitely be purchasing it in the near future.This author is definitely one to keep your eyes on, I am hoping to see a sequel to this novel in the near future.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

About The Author:

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at

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