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Hometown Girl Paperback – September 19, 2017
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Hometown Girl is her seventh novel. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as three small-town romance novels: Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, and Just Look Up. She lives in Illinois, where she and her husband own a performing arts studio and youth theatre. They have three children. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.
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Beth is dealing with guilt over a bad decision she made while working at her dads company. Drew is suffering guilt over not being able to solve who kidnapped his friend when he was 10. It is now 20 years later and he has lived with the nightmares and guilt since that time. He has lead a lonely life.
Beth's sister buys a local farm that they all share history with and the story unfolds from there. Now comes the time for them to confront the issues each of them has and move on. But it is not that easy. How do you deal with something that has been eating at you for years and causing guilt? How do you find your way to forgiving yourself? How do you find your faith again and let God help you with the answers? How do you let yourself be loved again?
I am not giving it 5 stars for 2 reasons. I felt the book started out slow and was repetitive. I also found the character of Molly very annoying and wanted to just throw the book down. I will not say anymore on her and let you decide yourself. I do highly recommend the book and if you think it starts slow keep going! It is worth it! Highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.
This is another fabulous and flawless novel by Courtney Walsh. I absolutely love this story, and I relate to the main character, Beth, SO much. This is a redemption story, a story about taking second chances and learning to lean on God. A lesson I am personally grateful for every day.
Beth Whitaker is a very serious young woman. Having fun is a foreign concept to her because there is always more work that needs to be perfectly completed. She is the type of woman who does not ever show weakness, admit mistakes, or ask for help. Gracious me, it was like looking into a mirror as I was reading this story. I know what it is like to get it into your head that making mistakes equates to total failure. I have no idea where it came from, perhaps because I am the oldest child in my family, but I used to have this crazy notion in my head that if I made a mistake I would be unlovable. I believed that those I loved would be so disappointed in me because of the mistake they would totally give up on me. This is crazy thinking, but for most of my teen to young adult years this message played on loop in my brain. I was so uptight and defensive, and had three ulcers before I was 25. Beth is like this at the start of the book. Over the course of the novel, she finally realizes that holding on to fear and doubt and insecurity, and hiding the truth about mistakes made in the past, lead to a very cold and lonely life. Beth learns that true peace comes when we turn all of our baggage over to God. When Beth realizes this — it’s a very beautiful moment in an old church — I cried my eyeballs dry. It was such a cathartic moment for me that I had to go back and reread the entire chapter again!
And then, there is Drew! Oh my is he the perfect hero. Drew was a victim of a horrible crime when he was a ten-year old boy. Adults did not deal with the situation very well, and because of this he completely turned into himself and became a shadow of a man. But, he is SO sweet and hard working and good. He’s so well written that the reader can feel the pain and sadness and frustration that radiates from him. I will not explain any of the plot because I really think this book needs to be experienced with ZERO hints from this review, but the relationship that develops between Drew and Beth is lovely. Both struggle with so much, but they both reach the place where they don’t want to anymore. After so long being one way, how do you change into something new? The answer is through hard work, communicating and opening up a bit, and trusting God’s path. And, in this novel, after Beth and Drew figure this out, happily ever after is actually possible.
Drew and Beth’s journey to redemption is a wonderful, realistic, sometimes really painful journey. Ms. Walsh did an impeccable job creating truly authentic characters whom I related to so much. I am truly sorry this story has come to its end. I want more!!! I cannot recommend this novel enough. Purchase this book today — you will not be disappointed. And, maybe buy a box of tissue while you’re at is because there are some heart wrenching, tearful moments.
Beth Whitaker has worked tirelessly to erase the mistake that may have led her father to an early grave. Her risky miscalculation cost the family company a lawsuit, which mercifully her father did not publicize. When her happy-go-lucky sister Molly, pops onto the scene with the harebrained idea of restoring an old community farm back to its glory days, Beth is insistent that the makeover would be financial suicide and uses every argument possible to dissuade her sister's optimism; to no avail.
Guilt has been an albatross around Drew Barlow's neck since childhood, after he witnessed a little girl's abduction, and subsequent disappearance, while playing an innocent game of hide and seek in an old barn on Fairwind Farm. Convinced that they only way to resolve the past is to return to Willow Grove, he finds that two polar opposite sisters and their brother have invested in the place following the owner's death. When the opportunity arises to manage the restoration project, his lovely boss with the intriguing array of personality traits, challenges Drew's defense mechanisms like no woman he has ever met. . . . . . but how can he possibly deserve happiness when the mystery he came to solve remains painfully out of reach?
"If you're going to be strong, you've got to learn to ask for help." This isn't just a good story, it's a great one!
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The internal conflict and conversations with God that Beth had. So easy to relate to her. Thank you.
Beth and Drew have their own problems to overcome.Read more