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Hometown Star [Kindle Edition]

Joleen James
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Television production manager Starlene White has spent her life trying to overcome what she calls her “white trash” childhood. Born to a mother that changed husbands like most people change their toothbrushes, and after having raised her three younger siblings, she’s made a vow to never marry, or have children. For Star, family is overrated—big time.

When Star receives a letter from her childhood nemesis, Cade O’Brien, asking her to come to Alaska to remove her deceased aunt’s possessions from her mobile home, a mobile home that sits on O’Brien land, Star’s first thought is to refuse. Cade made her childhood a living hell. She never understood why he disliked her so much, and the last thing she wants is to comply with his wishes. However, business takes her to Seward when her television show Update This! begins a series of home makeovers, using the homes of single Alaska men. Hoping to kill two birds with one stone, Star heads home.

Cade O’Brien has always wanted a big family. A widower, struggling to raise his three kids while running a bed and breakfast/charter fishing business, he has his hands full. When he sends Star a letter, asking her to empty out her aunt’s place, he’s surprised when she shows up. And he’s even more surprised by the guilt and regret he feels at the way he treated her when they were kids. Cade sets out to make amends with Star.

But old hurts die hard, and Star is slow to warm to Cade, and even slower to warm to his kids. Yet, Cade refuses to give up, especially when he knows in his heart that this hometown girl is the girl of his dreams.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Joleen James became an Indie author with the launch of her contemporary novel Falling For Nick. Since that time, she has released her second and third novels, Under A Harvest Moon and Hometown Star. When she's not busy writing, Joleen enjoys spending time with her family at her lakeside home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can find Joleen James at and on Facebook and Twitter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491001208
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Joleen James (May 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy read. August 19, 2013
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Hometown Star starts with Star going back to her aunt's house to get rid of her things after she passed away. Her old tormentor from school owns the land and wants her stuff gone. But things change when they meet again, because Cade is very sorry for the way he treated her. And now he has a major attraction to her, and Star him.

But Star doesn't want anything to do with children, and Cade has three of them. Not only that she wants to be a city girl, and focus only on her career. But Cade will do everything in his power to change her mind.

Over all the book was okay. I liked the story. And I really liked Cade. I think he made up for all of the things he did, and he was willing to fight for Star. I did not like Star though. I thought she was a major coward, and I just didn't like her. Other than that, I did enjoy reading the book. It was a nice easy read, with a whole lot of angst, or drama.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting read for a rainy day! May 21, 2013
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This is the third novel I've read from Joleen James and I've finished each one with a satisfied smile on my face. Hometown Star is a heartwarming, uplifting, and emotionally fulfilling story about a woman facing her fears from her traumatic upbringing and overcoming them to find love. The hero is a parent struggling to raise his three children on his own, and it's not all good times for his family as they struggle with emotions from the loss of their mom. As a parent, I enjoy how James will include real-life problems in her stories, especially when it comes to children. Her happily-ever-after stories laced with reality are perfect pick-me-ups for rainy days! I'll be daydreaming about Star and Cade until James puts out another romances for me to devour. Thanks for another great romance, Joleen James. I want more!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sweet enough romance... August 17, 2013
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So many things didn't add up in this book it made it hard to reach that place where I could suspend disbelief and enjoy the characters. For instance, his son was 16. One place in the book mentions that she had been 17 while his wife was pregnant with the oldest son. That would put the heroine's age, at the very least 32 years old. But she goes on to say no one has ever touch her with such care, after he touched her cheek, and she never before felt lust or longing. REALLY!?! And she's in her thirties, not 15? That's either incredibly weird or incredibly sad. Especially since everyone with a pulse seems to think she's the hottest thing to ever hit the town. All males between 12 and 112 can't keep their eyes off her. Her relationship with the hero is a bit off, too. She supposedly hated him, but within 3 days was "all over that" and making out with him like a teenager, which it actually felt like she was a teenager rather than a female executive in her thirties. I wish the people were developed better and the children were more than just props. I give it solid two roller...meaning I would roll my eyes in annoyance at least twice a chapter. But since it wasn't twice a page, I give the book three stars. I did continue reading it. But if two and a half was an option, I'd probably go there. After looking at the other reviewer's reviews, it would appear that someone enlisted a fan club to review this book. When the majority of reviewers have 2 or more books by the same author and just a few reviews, there's a better than average chance they're either paid for or solicited. I find this extraordinarily annoying, so I took off a star for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hometown Star August 14, 2014
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Star grew up in Seward, Alaska in a dysfuntional family; her mother, Destiny, went through men like changing her toothbrush and then Star and her sisters would stay at Aunt Pat's in a rundown mobile home. Star's life was being the mother figure andresponsible one and trying to cope with the mean neighbor boy, Cade. Fast forward 15 years and Star returns to sell Aunt Pat's mobile home and finds once again the hunky Cade still lives next door, and boy, has he grown up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hometown Star shines! September 21, 2013
By Kate
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Great story about a young woman, growing up impoverished and neglected, until her dear aunt takes her and her sisters in her home in Alaska. Star grows up and becomes an accomplished professional only to let a bullying incident keep her from trusting a man she had known since they were kids. This is a wonderful story about overcoming fear, forgiveness and finding love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect afternoon spent reading August 19, 2013
By txgirl
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I've never been to Alaska, but James does a great job describing what must be an amazing view that her main character Star takes in as she escapes from reality for a bit. While in her hometown for a job assignment and to finish up her aunt's estate, Star has to cross paths with Cade. Cade was always mean to her as a kid, but now there is something different between them. I won't go to tell you more because you need to read the book to find out. Yes, another reviewer is right that there are a few grammar/spelling mistakes and maybe the years that has past don't add up like they should but if you just enjoy the book for what is then you forget about those things. James has a great story line that wraps you up in and I didn't want to put my Kindle down until the story was done. Oh wait, that's what I almost did do! Take a chance on this book because sometimes that's what you hope characters in the story do too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snuck up on me...good read December 31, 2014
By 4t
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This was an unexpected pleasant surprise. I got it as a freebie and it sat on my iPad for close to a year before I read it. Star was bullied by Cade as a young girl when she and her sisters would visit their aunt in Alaska. Once Star grows up she refuses to ever go back to Alaska and have to face the O'Brien brothers. But once tragedy strikes and she is forced to go to Alaska to deal with her aunts trailer the second person she encounters is Cade O'Brien, bringing all her feelings of distrust for him to the surface.

Cade dealing with feelings of his own sparked by the re-encounter of Star struggles to stay true to his self and his three kids while fighting denial of his own.

This was a sleeper in the beginning I had no idea the Hometown Star would turn out to be a girl named Star but Joleen James' writing style is refreshing as much as it is captivating. I found this to be a sweet love story years in the making.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it. it had the tension between the couple ...
I really enjoyed it. it had the tension between the couple and humor.
Published 3 months ago by Patty J Kiesau
2.0 out of 5 stars It just was a very dull for me
I had a hard time finishing the book. It just was a very dull for me. I just like more exciting reading.
Published 3 months ago by Beverly G. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cute story, somewhat predictable.
Published 4 months ago by atabarac
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast read.
This was a fast read....ok story line...predictable and the language is ok. The sex scenes could have been left out.All in all ok.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
nice story!!! liked the characters and story line. hope there's a sequel..would enjoy reading it as well...Will be looking and hoping
Published 5 months ago by Theresa Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy read with a predictable plot.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hometown Star a good read.
Hometown Star is a good read. A good weekend book. Thank you for the free e-book. I enjoyed reading it.
Published 6 months ago by Kathleen Stoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Finding a place to call home after growing up the way she did. Forgiveness is a blessing. Finding love and realizing that is what you want. Read more
Published 6 months ago by veronica mostel
4.0 out of 5 stars With a family like this......
When star comes back to her hometown she feels all the pain and heartache of her early life coming back to haunt her. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cp
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this story
I really liked this story. It had everything I love in a romance. A hunky hero, only this one had 3 children!!. A heroine with a brain and a spine. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gatorfan
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More About the Author

Small town settings, ranch living, and quirky characters are all things that have long intrigued award-winning author Joleen James. For as long as she can remember, Joleen's been spinning stories centering around home, family, and of course, true love.

When she's not busy writing, Joleen can be found with her family on their party barge, traveling, or indulging in her hobbies of home decorating and recipe collecting. Visit Joleen James at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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