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Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart
Later generation novel to Angel Sister
Rosey Corner – Kate Merritt Series
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Pages: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Revell Books
How long can two people stand on the brink of love without plunging in headfirst?
In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates with apprehension, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can’t draw her interest.
Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything and Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways. Could she truly be in love with him? And if he enlists, will she ever see him again?
In her gentle and textured style, Ann H. Gabhart tells a timeless story of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip your heart and stir your spirit.
Fans of Gabhart’s Angel Sister will love seeing Kate Merritt all grown-up, as well as other characters they have come to love.
Five stars. When was the last time I gave a real book five stars? Small Town Girl is really wonderful. It’s a war-time novel, but it’s about a battle on the field of the heart. A struggle to be won with God and with human companionship love, not the Japanese or Germans of the outbreak of the second world war at the attack of Pearl Harbor, that’s just the setting. Words Spoken True and it’s 1855 setting Louisville setting put upon me to become a real fan of Ann H. Gabhart and while I am one that has yet to read Angel Sister it has been added to my Kindle and I look forward to going back and finding out more of the story behind Kate, Lorena and her family. After finishing Small Town Girl I wish there was more to read in their futures as now only my imagination can fill.
Kate is an interesting character as is Jay and I was with a slight grin from about the third chapter onward. If you read other Christian Historical Fiction authors, this thought might help you decide whether you might like this one or not… Take a hero from Mary Connealy in personality and place him in a time frame and writing like Sarah Sundin and give him a romantic heart and desire such as those growing in love and faith from Julie Lessman and then have that story written by the amazing Ann H. Gabhart. That’s what you’ll find here.
Another one for the favorites shelf, and now I’ll have to go delve into Angel Sister, set during the depression in between the wars.
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Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.
“Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”