Monday, November 7, 2011

Hometown Girl

Author: Mariah Stewart
ISBN: 978-0345531216
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: TLC Book Tours
Rating: Highly Recommended


Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis, and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she’s determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She’s equally determined never to fall in love again.

For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he’s spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he’s moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice, and he’s ready to find the right girl, get married, and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke’s resolve to go her way alone—despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?
My Thoughts

I immersed myself in this story!   I love stories that show happily ever after is not always like the movies.  Things happen in life, nothing is perfect, bad things happen, sad times come and go, but you can still be happy and have your fairy tale in the midst of life.  In the midst of a wonderful story, though heartbreaking at points, this novel includes cupcakes!!  Who wouldn't want to own a cupcake bakery??  Though I must admit, I would also have to include a variety of other delicious desserts.   I enjoyed this romance.  It hits every aspect of life as a woman.  Mariah Stewart is a wonderful writer.  I enjoyed her style.  The novel flows effortlessly and swept me away, keeping me rooted in the story.  I felt a part of St.Dennis and its residents.  I love that Brooke moved back home to heal and begin her life again.  Family and friendship are a huge part of this novel and I connected with that.  This book is a mellow read, with very little to surprise you, but its great for a cold or rainy day and your favorite warm beverage!  Every one needs a book to cuddle up with and relax to.  That was Hometown Girl for me.
Highly Recommended

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