Saturday, July 6, 2013

Blog Tour for Small Town Girl by Ann Gabhart

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 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?

MY REVIEW-Wow! I really loved this story by Ann Gabhart! I have read a couple of her Shaker novels and I just didn't care for them. I guess too many odd and strange doctrines in there. But this one totally caught my attention from page 1 and kept it through to the end. I finished it in one day and had to race and see what happened. It wasn't even mystery or anything and I still had to hurry to the conclusion.

My favorite character was definitely Katie. She has such a strength to her, even though at times I wanted to tell her to loosen up and be human. There are times you just have to let go and cry. Jay I had such compassion for. He really shows that people can be laughing and carefree and yet be covering a ton of hurt. Mike was a great pastor and I felt like he was someone I would like to know in real life. Reminds me of someone I know in fact. And there is the wonderful element of caring and matchmaker in the character of Graham. Don't even get me started on him:) Sweet and loving but wise beyond his years. Oh, and Fern and Birdie? Oh there were so many great characters in this book. I loved them all. Even Alice;)

Overall a good book that shows the terror and troubles of this time in our country. War taking away friends and family members, people in such turmoil. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book. Excellent read Ann!!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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