Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart

Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart
Revell / 2013
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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 rating:
My thoughts:

Small Town Girl is the second book I've read of Ann Gabhart's (the first being Words Spoken True) and I think it was a really good read. The story was kind of slower-paced, but that wasn't a bad thing, as it still held my attention and didn't bore me.

I haven't read Angel Sister yet, so Small Town Girl was my first experience with Kate Merritt and her family. I thought all the characters in this book were nice, but I don't think I have a favorite.

I loved the history in Small Town Girl. I don't know if I've ever read a book that takes place during Pearl Harbor, so I found that aspect of this book very fascinating.

The romance story in Small Town Girl was really sweet and there were a couple scenes that made me smile. :) One thing I especially liked about this story was how real Jay was and that he wouldn't fake faith just to please people.

Overall, a great summer read! If you enjoy historical novels, I think you'll like this Small Town Girl.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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


  1. Well I just might indeed... It sounds good, Melanie! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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