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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Small Town Girl Review!!!

*Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart

Book Description:
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 Opinion:
I had always wanted to read angel sister so when I saw that this was about the same characters and sorta a sequel I was hooked! After reading Small Town Girl I want to read Angel Sister all the more! Ann has come up with a great group of characters, personalities, and back stories. I saw tiny feelings of Taming of the Shrew and Sense and Sensibility as well as slivers of To Kill a Mockingbird (Lorena and Scout are almost one and the same ;) ) in this stand alone novel. For me it started out interesting and then lulled a little, but I have found that Ann's writing, for me, starts out slow, grows in interest, and then she completely blows me AWAY!!! Small Town Girl is no exception. There are similarities in the characters and back stories from her book The Scent of Lilac, but they are good similarities! :) As I read on the pace picked up a bit and I was REALLY hooked! From little Lorena to quirky but wise Fern I LOVE THESE people! LOL! Ann weaves history with fiction and a wonderful message beautifully! Excellent read! :)

Songs for Small Town Girl: "Shall We Dance" sung by Julie Andrews, "Bringing in the Sheaves" sung by Patti Page, "God Shaped Hole" by Plumb, and "Rock of Ages" sung by The Mills Brothers

Psalm 139:8


*I received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it.  This is no way affected my opinion and the above is my honest feelings about Small Town Girl. ~ASC


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

P.S.  Thank you to all of my followers! :) 


  1. Thanks for the review, Amada. Glad you enjoyed the characters. I hope you will read more about them in Angel Sister. Fern is an even more interesting character in that book.

    1. :D I hope so to! Someday I'm sure I will ;) especially if Fern is more interesting! I thought she might be from hints in Small Town Girl. I just LOVE quirky, wise, and intriguing characters! :D

      Many Blessings and Happy Writing ~ASC


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