I am so glad I got to travel to Rosey Corner again and see how Kate and all the family are doing. When I received, "Small Town Girl", I had no idea it followed Ann's earlier book, "Angel Sister" (check out my review).
You cannot be rushed through an Ann Gabhart book. It's one to enjoy and take your time in. I admire Ann so much. Her writing style is classic and pure. The history she brings is as if you are right there in the midst of 1941. I have had the pleasure of reviewing almost all of Ann's books. "Angel Sister" is one at the top of my favorites list and now, "Small Town Girl", is right along beside it.
The characters are real and easy to love. It was wonderful to spend time with the characters of, "Angel Sister" once again. All the old characters return and we meet a few new characters that you are sure to love. I think there is a character that each us can relate to. It is so refreshing to read a story about the importance of family and how important it is to have people in our lives who love us. Love creates love. Where there is love missing there is a heart searching.
Rosey Corner is Kate's home. For some, it will be home forever, but Kate dreams of more. A lot has taken place since my last visit to Rosey Corner. War is on the horizon. Kate is growing to be quite a woman. She is figuring herself out and that's not always easy. We see her question herself as her big sister marries. Family means everything to Kate. She draws much of her joy from her little sister, Birdie. This little lady is wise in her young shoes and easy to love.
Jay Tanner strolls into town for a wedding and Kate will never be the same. These two characters meet and they are forced to face to their biggest fears. I think that's what I love most about this story. We not only faith, but we see how faith grows. We see how the Lord gently nudges us to Him through circumstance.
This is one of those timeless stories that sticks with you. This story is rich in meaningful lessons about love, life and faith. This story is weaved in grace and forgiveness. We learn about second chances and to never expect from others what we ourselves are not willing to give.
I tell you I LOVED this story. I fell in love with Tanner as soon as he entered town. I enjoyed watching these characters grow. If your looking for a sweet summertime journey into the past, "Small Town Girl", is surely one you will love.
This book was a gift from Revell for sharing my review.
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as several other historical novels, including Scent of Lilacs, Orchard of Hope,Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.