Thursday, July 12, 2018

C Reviews: Heart Land by Kimberly Stuart

Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Howard Books
Releases: July 17, 2018
320 pages
About the Book:
A story of reconnection, lost love, and the power of faith, Heart Land follows a struggling fashion designer back to her small Iowa hometown as she tries to follow her dreams of success and finding true love.

Grace Klaren has finally made her dream of living in the Big Apple and working in the fashion industry a reality. But when she’s unexpectedly fired and can’t afford the next month’s rent, Grace does something she never thought she’d do: she moves back home.

Back in Silver Creek, Iowa, Grace is determined to hate it. She rails against the quiet of her small town, where everything closes early, where there’s no nightlife, where everyone knows each other. She’s saving her pennies and plotting her return to New York when she almost runs over a man who’s not paying attention at a crosswalk. It turns out to be Tucker, her high school sweetheart whose heart she broke when she left ten years ago. They reconnect, and Grace remembers why she fell for him in the first place.

And her career begins to turn around when she finds a gorgeous but tattered vintage dress at a flea market. She buys it, rips it apart seam by seam, and re-creates it with new fabric, updating the look with some of her own design ideas. She snaps a picture and lists the dress online, and within a day, it sells for nearly $200. Suddenly, Grace has her ticket out of here.

But Grace can’t fight her growing feelings for Tucker. Sometimes when they’re together, Tucker paints a picture of what their future could be like, and it feels so real. And when she finally gains the funding to move her new business back to New York, Grace must decide where home really is—will she chase her long-held New York dream, or find a new dream here in the heartland?

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (4 stars)

Releases July 17th! 

Heart Land is such a cute romantic story. I liked the feeling of home that the novel gave and how Grace came back home, not only to her Grandmother, her hometown, her childhood sweetheart but also back to God. My favorite Character was Tucker. He was so patient and faithful in his love for Grace and was always there for her. I also enjoyed all of the granny characters. My husband asked me a few times what I was laughing at while I was reading the interactions with the Grannies. I enjoyed the process of Grace’s realization that what had been her dream for so long wasn’t what her dream was anymore. She realized that God had something much better for her. It seemed like it took her a while to realize that, but I was happy when she did finally realize and come back home. I also liked the openness in Grace’s conversations with Tucker. They were very open and honest in their interactions which was really refreshing. This was an enjoyable, easy read with a nice storyline, and enjoyable characters that I definitely recommend.

(I received an complimentary copy of this book from Howard Books through NetGalley.
Opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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