Swept away to the 1940's!
I am now of the belief that no one tells a 1940's story
about young girls growing up like Ann Gabhart does.
It didn't me long in Small Town Girl to decide that I wanted to run away to Rosey Corner Kentucky and live with the four Merrit sisters, Evie, Kate, Tori and Lorena.
Of course, I would only be living with three sisters because Evie just got married.
In fact, thats how the story starts, with Kate trying to keep Evie calm until it is time to drive over to the Church and walk down the aisle.
The only bittersweet thing is that Evie is going to be walking down the aisle to Mike,
a young preacher whom Kate has been in love with for years.
But that is history, has always been history.
Mike is a good man, Evie a lovely bride.
And Kate is happy for them on the happiest day of their life.
Of course, the wedding brings out all the well-meaning folk of Rosey Corner
asking Kate if she will be next.
And what do you say to that question when you don't plan
to get attached to anyone anytime soon?
Especially not to Jay, Mike's best man.
What sort of fellow suggests you elope when he hasn't known you for half-a-day?
Alright, so he was teasing, and it made her laugh,
but he wasn't teasing later on when they were sitting outside talking. He was serious.
Who is this man, who came into town for his friend's wedding
and looks like he's going to drive right out again?
And how did this Jay Tanner immediately befriended all of Kate's family- coming up with a nickname for Lorena, talking poetry with her mom, eating the famous Merrit brown sugar pie!
And why does it seem to matter so much to him, this being part of their family?
Surely a man that blows in and out of towns like the wind couldn't
care that much about the simple joys of belonging to a family...
Oh yes. Small Town Girl is such a good book!
Kate Merrit is a spunky heroine with a loving family and deep roots of faith,
Jay Tanner is a loner who wants someone to care about him and make him stay,
and Rosey Corner is a small town where everyone knows everyone and tells them
all your business.
In other words, delight, delight, delightful reading.
**Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**
Favorite Verse: John 21:25 - Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have enough room for the books that were written.
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including the Shaker series, The Outsider, The Believer, and The Seeker. Her latest novel was inspired in part by the many stories her mother and two aunts told her of growing up in small town Kentucky during the 1930s. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.
And I am so excited to report that there is another book about the Merrit sisters: Angel Sister!
This book actually comes before Small Town Girl, and reading them together would be a very rich experience, I believe. I can't wait to read this first book!