Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Jane Reviews: Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Waterfall Press
Released: Sept. 19, 2017
382 pages
About the Book:
Beth Whitaker isn’t supposed to be a small-town girl. She’s always dreamed of leaving Willow Grove, Illinois, for the big city, but she feels trapped, struggling to make up for a mistake that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again.

Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago.

Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm?

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

This is a story about healing, forgiveness and discovering true happiness. It also includes a mystery that I was not expecting. It did not take me long to connect with Beth or Drew and begin feeling their pain. I just wanted to reach out, give them both a hug and tell them they were not alone. Drew was a man of few words, and has kept his emotions bottled up for years. He comes to Willow Grove in search of answers. Beth is struggling with the direction of her life, does she continue to do what everyone expects her to do or can she find her own path? When her sister approaches her with what seems like a crazy plan her protective side comes out and she agrees to help. With the encouragement of their brother Drew begins working on the farm with them and Beth is challenged in ways she never imagined. Can Beth and Drew help one another through their pain and find peace?

The mystery story had me intrigued wanting to figure out what happened all those years ago. When the answer was revealed it heartbreaking on all sides, but closure was provided for everyone.

I especially enjoyed how the community came together to help the sisters restore the farm. Watching Drew and Beth learning to rely on God, finding peace and discovering their true selves was an emotional journey but uplifting in the end. There were a few characters I would have loved to spend more time with and had dreams for two relationships to blossom. I will have to wait to see if Ms. Walsh brings these characters to life in another book.

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(I purchased my copy of this book, opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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