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  1. Small Town Girl
    Small Town Girl
    Ann H. Gabhart
    Revell / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $2.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 80% ($12.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 18 Reviews
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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    World War II, Rosey Corner and Romance
    July 6, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ann H. Gabhart in her new book, "Small Town Girl" Book Two in the Kate Merritt series published by Revell returns us to the life of Kate Merrit in 1941.

    From the Back Cover: 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.

    History in the form of World War II serves as the backdrop to "Small Town Girl". If you remember Andy Griffith and Opie in the little town of Mayberry then you will feel right at home in Rosey Corner. Life goes on in Rosey Corner, Kate's sister is getting married to the man Kate has always been in love with and now Kate doesn't believe she will ever love again. While all this is happening Pearl Harbor is attacked and the President declares war. Now the residents of Rosey Corner find themselves immersed in war activities as the men go off to war and Kate worries about the new man in her life, Jay. There is a lot going on in "Small Town Girl". This is a story about people in a small town who live lives that don't always have happy endings but have to deal with what they have. Ms. Gabhart has written a wonderful story full of interesting characters that we come to know and love as we read through the book. Ms. Gabhart does a great job of making us feel that we are there in Rosey Corner and living the events rather than just reading about them. I hope Ms. Gabhart takes us back to this town and Kate Merritt once again.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
  2. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    View Of A Quiet Time
    July 4, 2013
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Kate Merritt is a small town girl, we met her in Angle Sister. Now if you haven't read that book, don't worry, there is enough information in this one to make it a stand alone. We reunite with some of the characters from the first book, and meet some new ones.

    We meet Jay Tanner at Kate's sister's Evie's wedding to Mike. Kate has always thought herself in love with Mike, and Mike only has eyes for Evie. Jay's upbringing has been tough, but he always had a friend in Mike, and he is here to be best man. Jay likes what he sees in Kate, and loves little Lorena, who he calls Birdie, and she calls him Tanner.

    When Mike warns him to stay away from his new sister Kate, he realizes that he must. Fate does have away to putting the two of them together, and they each realize "love", but can't bring themselves to it admit it to himself.

    There is much talk of the War in Europe, and the fathers all remember the War to end Wars...but we know it wasn't. Ann Gabhart brings us into the living room on that Sunday in December, the 7th. Playing games and just just being family. There is no TV, of course, and they don't have the radio on. They have no idea at the time, that their lives have just changed forever at the hands of the Japanese.

    The Merritt family have a great faith in the Lord, but Jay is struggling. Will Kate and Jay ever be able to make a match? Or will the curse of drink throw them apart.

    Don't miss this warm book about the life just before the Second World War, and walk for a few minutes in the peace of the Small Town.

    I received this book through Revell Publishing Book Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
  3. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An adorable story!
    July 3, 2013
    Rosie
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  4. NM
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A REALLY great book!!!
    July 3, 2013
    ASC Book Reviews
    NM
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had always wanted to read angel sister so when I saw that this was about the same characters and sorta a sequel I was hooked! After reading Small Town Girl I want to read Angel Sister all the more! Ann has come up with a great group of characters, personalities, and back stories. I saw tiny feelings of Taming of the Shrew and Sense and Sensibility as well as slivers of To Kill a Mockingbird (Lorena and Scout are almost one and the same ;) ) in this stand alone novel. For me it started out interesting and then lulled a little, but I have found that Ann's writing, for me, starts out slow, grows in interest, and then she completely blows me AWAY!!! Small Town Girl is no exception. There are similarities in the characters and back stories from her book The Scent of Lilac, but they are good similarities! :) As I read on the pace picked up a bit and I was REALLY hooked! From little Lorena to quirky but wise Fern I LOVE THESE people! LOL! Ann weaves history with fiction and a wonderful message beautifully! Excellent read! :)

    Songs for Small Town Girl: "Shall We Dance" sung by Julie Andrews, "Bringing in the Sheaves" sung by Patti Page, and "Rock of Ages" sung by The Mills Brothers

    Psalm 139:8

    ~ASC
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A rich tale indeed
    July 1, 2013
    Christianfictionaddiction
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I absolutely loved the book "Angel Sister", so I was excited to see that the characters first introduced in that book have returned in "Small Town Girl", a rich tale of faith and love and second chances. Gabhart has done a wonderful job at fleshing out the characters, particularly Kate Merritt with her determination, humour, and her real faith in God. Jay is also a character I enjoyed getting to know, a young man whose utter charm covers up a painful past, his fear of long-term relationships, and his doubts about God's existence. The relationship that develops between Kate and Jay is very natural and made for many fun moments indeed! Although I felt that the book was written at a slower pace in some parts, by the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how everything would resolve. I very much enjoyed the emotional drama that plays out within its pages, and thought that the setting of the book in the pre-World War II era was a great backdrop for the story. Readers who enjoy historical fiction will no doubt appreciate the vivid details from the past that are brought to life in "Small Town Girl".

    Ann H. Gabhart continues to excel at writing stories that are richly textured, filled with deep emotions that are likely to leave readers wonderfully moved. I'm not sure whether there is a third book planned that will see a return of the Merritt family, but I for one certainly hope there is! I highly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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