Saturday, July 6, 2013

Small Town Girl | Book Review

Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart is another story of boy meets girl.  Set during the pre-WWII era Kate Merrit and Jay Tanner meet while both being in the wedding of Kate’s sister.  Little did Tanner know but, Kate was actually in love with her sisters fiancĂ©. 

Everyone in Rosey Corner assumed that Kate and Carl Noland (towny in love with Kate) would be the next to get married after her sister.  Kate has other plans though and not even Jay can try to change them.  At least, not until Pearl Harbor happens. 

I am including the publishers summary at the end of this review.  I am doing so because I couldn’t get into this book.  I tried really hard to like this book but, it was your typical boy meets girl, girl rejects boy until something major happens. 

While the writing style of Ms. Gabhart is very simple and easy to read, she gets caught up in the thoughts of her characters.  In this book there was so much going on in the characters heads that I felt their inner thoughts actually took away from the story line instead of helping it.  It was overwhelming reading everything that they were thinking.  Most of which was unnecessary. 

This might be a good book for someone to sit in a hammock and read but, it was too slow and distracting for me.  I do look forward to reading anything else that Ms. Gabhart writes in hopes of finding one of her stories engaging and entertaining.

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.  

*Publishers Summary*
 *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.*

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

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