What an adorable story!
If anything is true, it's this: you can't judge an author by one book. In my case, I did not like Gabhart's Words Spoken True but I loved Small Town Girl. The WW2 setting, the sweet characters, and endearing love story all come together for a fantastic read. I loved how some of the character's accents popped off the page; it rounds the characters in a great way for me.
Kate is a great heroine. I haven't read Angel Sister, but it is very apparent what a great big sister she is, not to mention the deep affection she has for her little sister, Lorena. I was really proud of how Kate handled herself in some of the awkward situations she found herself. That being said, she does have flaws, but she has her faith.
One thing is for sure, Gabhart keeps you hanging on until the literal last page. Her writing style is smooth and her characters are so lovable! I wonder if she'll be writing a book for Lorena? Either way, I am very pleased I opted to review Small Town Girl. It's a great historical read with which to spend the afternoon.
Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!
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?