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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Review - Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart

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 Thoughts:

 Ann Gabhart takes her readers back to check in with the Merritt family in this sequel to her novel, "Angel Sister." It was fun catching up with Lorena Birdsong, the orphan girl adopted by the Merritt's and the rest of the residents of Rosey Corners.

This story centers around Kate Merritt, the middle sister - the one Lorena calls her "angel sister." Love comes calling in the form of Jay Tanner, and Kate grapples with the decision of whether to give in to her feelings for the handsome drifter or stand firm in her convictions.  Will love win out?  You just have to read along to find out!

Gabhart captures the World War II era in this novel realistically, with all the sacrifice and anxiousness that was felt during this time. Her characters are also lovingly familiar and feel like members of the family you haven't seen in a while.  I hope that Gabhart continues the updates on the Merritts and Lorena - I'd like to see how the little feisty gal grows up!

About The Author:

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.

My thanks to Baker Books/Revell for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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

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