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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book Review - Hometown Girl: The Chesapeake Diaries #4 by Mariah Stewart

Have you ever picked up a book just because the cover called to you?  That was the case with me when I saw the cover of "Hometown Girl" by Mariah Stewart.  It features the front of a bakery called "Cupcake," and I just knew that the story inside would probably be just as delicious as the cover - and I was right!

About The Book:

Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis, and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she’s determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She’s equally determined never to fall in love again.

For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he’s spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he’s moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice, and he’s ready to find the right girl, get married, and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke’s resolve to go her way alone—despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?

I really enjoyed this sweet and romantic story.  Mariah Stewart sweeps her readers right into the heart of the charming community of St. Dennis, Maryland and make you feel right at home from the start.  Although this is the fourth book in the series, I had no problem picking up on the dynamics of the town, and the back stories of the characters.

I loved how sensitively Stewart handled the story of war widow Brooke and how she finds her way back to love with the gentle Jesse. And while this is a sweet tale, there is plenty of sensual notes to balance out the journey to romance here.

The only thing I'd love to see added would be some of Brooke's delicious sounding cupcake recipes!

Contemporary romance lovers are sure to enjoy this book. I fully intend to go back and pick up the first three books in the series, and am looking forward to the next ones!

About The Author:

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and enjoys country life. She is currently working on the next book in her bestselling Chesapeake Diaries series.
Be sure to check out her website at http://www.mariahstewart.com/ for more about her books and upcoming projects!
I purchased this book for my personal library.

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