Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Small Town Girl

Small Town Girl is a historical fiction novel by Ann H. Gabhart.

In 1941, Rosey Corner is quietly slipping into the autumn season as rumors of war whisper about.

This can’t help but be far from Kate Merritt’s mind, though, as she watches her older sister marry the man she loves.

It seems it has always been this way – what Kate wants is unattainable.

Yet when Jay Tanner arrives in town to be the best man, part of her awakens. His flirtatious teasing of eloping and kissing – which she refuses, of course – can’t help but draw her attention a bit.

With a practical mind like Kate’s, however, it’ll take more than that to turn her head.

But as America is stunned by the tragedy of Pearl Harbor – things change…

Small Town Girl is a follow-up to Gabhart’s previous Angel Sister, which I have not read. It stands alone just fine, but if you’ve read Angel Sister you might be happy to get a chance to see Kate older.

I love WWII times in historical fiction. Last year when I read Sarah Sundin’s With Every Letter I adored it! And of course there are The Montmaray Journals trilogy by Michelle Cooper!

However, here I did not feel that.

Small Town Girl, for me, was rather slow. Not in the purposely paced, let’s-soak-up-this-great-atmosphere kind of way but more in an I-feel-bad-but-I-don’t-care way.

There was a lot of prose, a lot of contemplation that felt repetitive and it wasn’t sweeping – it was a bit of a drag.

I feel terrible saying that, as I always do. And I know that SO MANY readers will love Small Town Girl, just even by looking at many current reviews. Unfortunately, I just felt pretty lackluster about it. I was never stirred to connect with the characters, the romance, the drama…

Small Town Girl isn’t really a bad book, in my opinion. Yet I ended up skimming it to move on once I got to a certain point and still felt nothing pulling me to it.

I never like saying negative things about books – but I want to be honest in my views!!

Do read it for yourself – especially if you’re a fan of WWII historical fiction/romance.

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

*I received a copy of Small Town Girl from the Baker Publishing Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.

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