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Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable Hometown Romance!August 25, 2020Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"When you've got nothing left, that's when you see how real your faith is. Faith with everything you want is easy. But faith when everything goes wrong? That's when God alone has to be enough."
Childhood sweethearts (for just one kiss) Luke Johnson and Hannah Thornton have managed to bury their baggage and zone in on friendship, that is until Hannah's plans for restoring Heritage's idyllic down town go up in smoke, setting the stage for some rather dramatic relational fireworks . . .since Hannah is a fixer, and Luke doesn't want to be fixed.
Meanwhile Hannah's brother Thomas has entangled himself in a relational conundrum of his own making; a hasty engagement to one woman has a way of dampening his reunion with another; when Thomas' "first love" returns home from a French culinary school she finds her dreams for the future broken into a gazillion pieces. Never mind that Thomas and Janie are hired to work together in the same restaurant, leaving plenty of room for sparks to fly behind the grill.
When life "zigs" rather than "zags", can these four lift their eyes to the One who graciously offers them "grace points"; over and over again?
Lovely inspirational truth invades nearly every page of this endearing story; while the story flow and conversational technique are indicative of a budding author. Yet, there is so much potential, and readers will have no trouble assuming that the best is yet to come.
Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5In one word: Amazing!January 26, 2020Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Debut author, Tari Fairs has hit it out of the park! I loved how real Hannah and Luke are. Their childhoods were not perfect, they are not perfect, and that makes for an unforgettable and heartwarming story. Now I want to visit Heritage, Michigan, in the summer mind you, as much as I've longed to spend a weekend in Stars Hollow.
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable ReadOctober 27, 2019FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Realtor Hannah Thornton has loved Luke since they were children, but misunderstandings and bad timing has always got in the way of their friendship turning into something more.
Hannah is on a mission to save their smalltown from a large developer that wants to build a shopping center. She is passionate about her small town, and helping others.
Luke had a troubled childhood, and has always struggled to see himself as an equal with his colleagues. He sees himself as an outcast, unwanted and not good enough for the likes of Hannah. He admires her determination to preserve her hometown.
Thomas is Hannah's brother, working at the diner alongside his ex-flame, Janie, who he broke up without explanation. From outward appearances he has moved on, and is even engaged to another woman. Thomas struggles to fight for the love he wants, despite a secret that believes will keep them apart.
I liked how this book follows siblings Thomas and Hannah as they navigate life and love, growing in faith. There was good emotional depth, and layered backstories which the novel relies heavily upon. I wish that some of the characters had been more upfront about what they were going through at times. I also think I missed some 80's rom com references that would have tied the plot together more neatly in my head, if I had seen the movie. An enjoyable read, about big love in a small town.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Pooh Bear4 Stars Out Of 5Charming story with great charactersOctober 22, 2019Pooh BearQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Set in the town of Heritage, Michigan, Tari Faris's debut novel is a delightful portrayal of life in a small town which is struggling to survive. The characters are delightful, realistic, and colorful, and they wormed their way right into my heart. Luke and Hannah are the main characters, and although I sometimes wanted to slap some sense into them, they grew on me. Thomas and Janie's story also took center stage at times and added some spice to the story. With a stellar cast of supporting characters, which is most of the people in the town, I quickly became invested in their lives.
Faris is a talented author with a charming writing style. Combining romance with humor and with touches of inspiration, faith, and hope, this story should appeal to readers who enjoy contemporary small-town romance. I'm looking forward to more stories about the people of Heritage.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing/LibraryThing. All opinions are my own.
Sarah OSouth DakotaAge: 35-44Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5not for meOctober 14, 2019Sarah OSouth DakotaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This author is new to me, I did like the storyline over all, I liked how the small town feel and how no matter what everyone seem to be there right when you needed them. I was not a fan of how I felt like there author wrote two stories into one, I wish she would have either wrote all of Hannah and Luke's story or she would have written all of Thomas and Janie's story. I also was not a fan how a good portion of the story seemed like you were dealing with high schoolers not adults, that does change but not till later in the story. I did enjoy that this book was a good clean read and would be suitable for all. Over all the book was not bad just had a hard time getting into it at first. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion