Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh

Hometown Girl

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About:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Courtney Walsh returns with a hopeful and emotional new book about seizing second chances, finding yourself, and forging your own path.

Beth Whitaker isn’t supposed to be a small-town girl. She’s always dreamed of leaving Willow Grove, Illinois, for the big city, but she feels trapped, struggling to make up for a mistake that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again.

Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago.

Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm?

My Thoughts:
If you have never read a book by Courtney Walsh, then I recommend you get to the store or order a book straight to your Kindle now! "Hometown Girl" has the most gorgeous cover and immediately I was captivated by the story line of Beth and Drew. Beth has been living in the past for too long and needs to get free. She is the serious type who is driven and determined. Beth has a difficult time letting loose and enjoying life. She is strong, independent and doesn't let others into her life.  However, holding on to her past, fear and insecurity could keep her from the life that she has dreamed of and the possibility of moving forward. 

Enter in the hero, kind and wonderful man we all love to read about, Drew. Although he dealt with something terrible when he was young, he is a hard working man, who is sweet, kind and thoughtful.  He of course is interested in Beth and without going into details these two hit it off!  However, just because they hit it off, will it work between them both because of their past? Does God have something different for them? Will they work or is a recipe for disaster?  The only way to know is to read this great book! I give this book 5/5 stars. Make sure you have a cozy spot because you will read this book start to finish. Thank you to the author for providing a complimentary copy for review. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theater director, and playwright. Change of Heart is her fifth novel and is set in the same town as Paper Hearts. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio. They have three children.Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.



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