Monday, July 8, 2013

Small Town Girl by Ann Gabhart *Review

Small Town Girl
By Ann H. Gabhart

About the Book
Bestselling author Ann Gabhart weaves a timeless story of love, sacrifice and longing that will grip the heart and stir the spirit.  In her gentle and textured style, Gabhart takes the reader back to a time when days moved slowly and life was simple.  A world that was about to change forever.
In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner.  The town waits in anticipation as if 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 handsome best man Jay Tanner can’t draw her interest.
Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything.  Kate’s friends are rushing to get married before the boys go off to war.  The newspapers talk of women making airplanes and bombs.  Everyone in town begins rolling bandages, planting victory gardens and collecting scrap metal.  Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways, and when he enlists she can hardly breathe worrying about him getting killed.  Could she truly be in love with him?  And if she is, will she ever see him again?
Fans of Angel Sister will be thrilled to see Kate Merritt all grown up.  New readers will find that Gabhart tells a beautiful story that will touch their hearts and win their loyalty.

My Thoughts;
I have read a couple of Ann's books, Angel Sister was not one of them. It was not necessary to have read it for understanding in reading Small Town Girl. You will however after reading Small Town Girl, want to read Angel Sister to find out how young Birdie became part of the family! So there are a few details you will want to check out by picking up the first book, out of your own curiosity.
I really enjoyed Kate's character. She was a strong willed, strong personality type of character. She was the one that people called 'cold' yet you could see deep down her love for her family and her town. She was always the sister who came on the heals of her sister, yet her character models one that shows confidence and strength that would be needed during this time in history. 
Jay was very likeable and definitely portrayed as a 'looker'. He was funny, cute, and caught the eye of all of the girls, other than the one he wanted to catch. Jay's best friend Mike is a Pastor and Jay comes to be in his wedding. Mike had some skills to learn in ministering to his friend Jay I felt. I was thankful that despite Mike's selfishness, Jay was able to find Christ pulling for him. 
This was a wonderful story about a small town awaiting news of their loved ones heading out after Pearl Harbor. A story of attack across the world, yet the effect it had on so many in this country as well. 
Very well organized and thoughtful story!
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at

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