Friday, July 5, 2013
Small Town Girl...Review
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.
I loved Kate Merritt when I first got to know her character in Angel Sister. She has grown up into a remarkable, spunky young woman. With war looming on the horizon, Kate's older sister gets married and against her own wishes, she finds herself drawn to Jay Tanner, the best man. Jay has his own secrets, but after the wedding, stays in Rosey Corner to work because he is drawn to Kate and captivated by little Lorena who has adopted him into their family.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, life changes and Jay enlists in the Army. After he and Kate part on difficult circumstances, she wonders if they have a future.
This was a fantastic sequel to Angel Sister. I loved revisiting Rosey Corner and the Merritt family. I loved seeing that Kate's dad had overcome the alcoholism and turned his life around. What a great man. Lorena was her charming self and now an integral member of the Merritt family. I'm rarely disappointed in Ann Gabhart's books and this one was fantastic. I'd love to see more of the Merritt family.
Thanks to Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Ann H. Gabhart here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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