Sunday, July 14, 2013

Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart ~ review

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721848

This book is also available as an ebook.

July 1, 2013

In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates in anticipation, 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. Kate's friends are rushing to get married before the boys go off to war. The newspapers talk of women making airplanes and bombs. Everyone in town begins rolling bandages, planting victory gardens, collecting scrap metal. Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways, and when he enlists she can hardly breathe worrying about him getting killed. Could she truly be in love with him? And if she is, will she ever see him again?

In her gentle and textured style, Ann Gabhart tells a timeless story of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip the heart and stir the spirit. Fans of Angel Sister will be thrilled to see Kate Merritt all grown up. New readers will find that Ann Gabhart weaves in Small Town Girl a beautiful story that will touch their hearts and win their loyalty.

My take on this book:
Ann Gabhart has become one of my favorite historical fiction writers because her stories have a way of worming themselves into my heart. When I realized that "Small Town Girl" was about the character that I first met in "Angel Sister" I couldn't wait to read it!  Kate Merritt is all grown up in this story that takes place during 1941. Heartbreak makes Kate blind to the attention that Jay Tanner is paying her. When war breaks out though and Jay enlists she realizes that perhaps she does have feelings for him. Will they get a chance at love?

Ms. Gabhart certainly brings the time period to life with this story. I found myself drawn back to thinking about how things were during this time in history. I could just imagine countless small towns across the country just like Rosey Corner, doing what they could for the war effort to support their boys. It was easy to connect with these characters, watching them grow and change as the story progressed. I really have to say that Jay was one of my favorite characters. Anyone who enjoys a nice story where the characters are so lifelike you can imagine them being real people will certainly enjoy this story. Great characters, a small town setting along with the WWII flavor of the story made this a great read for me!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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