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Small Town Girl (Rosey Corner Book #2): A Novel

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  • ISBN-13: 9781611737882
  • Publisher: Center Point Pub
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 527
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Page turner

    Loved this book. I remember the bombing of PearlHarbor & brothers & cousins & friends & neigors who were involved. And some didn't come home

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

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    Last January I reviewed  the audio version Angel Sister by Ann G

    Last January I reviewed  the audio version Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart, noting that I had been thoroughly drawn into the life of the Merritt family, especially middle sister Kate and the abandoned little girl Lorena Birdsong. I also liked the eccentric village residents whose past lives add depth and interest to the story.  Although the book ties up nicely and can certainly can be read as a stand-alone, I was delighted to see that Gabhart had written a second novel centered around the Merritt sisters.




    As Small Town Girl opens, it is clear that several years have passed.  It is 1941 and oldest sister Evie has just married the young preacher Mike who replaced the girls' grandfather at the church.  Kate is nursing a case of loneliness as she realizes that she will actually miss sharing a home with Evie.  Under the loneliness is also a thread of jealousy as Kate can't quite put aside her childhood crush on Pastor Mike.  Then she catches the attention of Jay Tanner who has swept into town to be Mike's best man.
    Jay, who has never set aside the feelings of his own childhood abandonment, feels an instant kinship to  young Lorena Birdsong.  And he knows he is falling hard for Kate, but isn't sure if he can put aside his wandering ways. As World War II threatens, Jay would like to make a commitment, but feels unworthy.




    While Angel Sister is more a story about community, family, and coming of age, Small Town Girl 
    definitely towards the romantic, although Jay's personal story goes deeper than simply being the male romantic lead.  I strongly encourage readers to meet the Merritts and Rosey Corner in Angel Sister before picking up Small Town Girl.  




    I received a e-copy of Small Town Girl from NetGalley for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

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    Ann H. Gabhart in her new book, "Small Town Girl" Book

    Ann H. Gabhart in her new book, "Small Town Girl" Book Two in the Kate Merritt series published by Revell returns us to the life of Kate Merrit in 1941.




    From the Back Cover: 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.




    History in the form of World War II serves as the backdrop to "Small Town Girl". If you remember Andy Griffith and Opie in the little town of Mayberry then you will feel right at home in Rosey Corner. Life goes on in Rosey Corner, Kate's sister is getting married to the man Kate has always been in love with and now Kate doesn't believe she will ever love again. While all this is happening Pearl Harbor is attacked and the President declares war. Now the residents of Rosey Corner find themselves immersed in war activities as the men go off to war and Kate worries about the new man in her life, Jay. There is a lot going on in "Small Town Girl". This is a story about people in a small town who live lives that don't always have happy endings but have to deal with what they have. Ms. Gabhart has written a wonderful story full of interesting characters that we come to know and love as we read through the book. Ms. Gabhart does a great job of making us feel that we are there in Rosey Corner and living the events rather than just reading about them. I hope Ms. Gabhart takes us back to this town and Kate Merritt once again.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."




    Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

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    Kate Merritt is a small town girl, we met her in Angle Sister. N

    Kate Merritt is a small town girl, we met her in Angle Sister. Now if you haven't read that book, don't worry, there is enough information in this one to make it a stand alone. We reunite with some of the characters from the first book, and meet some new ones.
    We meet Jay Tanner at Kate's sister's Evie's wedding to Mike. Kate has always thought herself in love with Mike, and Mike only has eyes for Evie. Jay's upbringing has been tough, but he always had a friend in Mike, and he is here to be best man. Jay likes what he sees in Kate, and loves little Lorena, who he calls Birdie, and she calls him Tanner.
    When Mike warns him to stay away from his new sister Kate, he realizes that he must. Fate does have away to putting the two of them together, and they each realize "love", but can't bring themselves to it admit it to himself.
    There is much talk of the War in Europe, and the fathers all remember the War to end Wars...but we know it wasn't. Ann Gabhart brings us into the living room on that Sunday in December, the 7th. Playing games and just just being family. There is no TV, of course, and they don't have the radio on. They have no idea at the time, that their lives have just changed forever at the hands of the Japanese.
    The Merritt family have a great faith in the Lord, but Jay is struggling. Will Kate and Jay ever be able to make a match? Or will the curse of drink throw them apart.
    Don't miss this warm book about the life just before the Second World War, and walk for a few minutes in the peace of the Small Town.

    I received this book through Revell Publishing Book Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    What an adorable story! If anything is true, it's this: you can

    What an adorable story!

    If anything is true, it's this: you can't judge an author by one book. In my case, I did not like Gabhart's Words Spoken True but I loved Small Town Girl. The WW2 setting, the sweet characters, and endearing love story all come together for a fantastic read. I loved how some of the character's accents popped off the page; it rounds the characters in a great way for me.

    Kate is a great heroine. I haven't read Angel Sister, but it is very apparent what a great big sister she is, not to mention the deep affection she has for her little sister, Lorena. I was really proud of how Kate handled herself in some of the awkward situations she found herself. That being said, she does have flaws, but she has her faith.

    One thing is for sure, Gabhart keeps you hanging on until the literal last page. Her writing style is smooth and her characters are so lovable! I wonder if she'll be writing a book for Lorena? Either way, I am very pleased I opted to review Small Town Girl. It's a great historical read with which to spend the afternoon.

    Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


    I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    Kate Merritt rejoiced for her older sister, but sorrowed for her

    Kate Merritt rejoiced for her older sister, but sorrowed for herself. Evie was marrying the man of Kate’s dreams, Minister Mike Champion of Rosey Corner, Kentucky. Not only that, but war was brewing in Europe. Although President Roosevelt had promised to keep America out of the war, suddenly things changed with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. America declared war on Japan. The world was full of uncertainty.

    And then there was Jay Tanner, her new brother-in-law’s best childhood friend. He was handsome, charming, and he liked Kate. But his childhood was tainted with an uncertain past. Raised by unloving, demanding relatives, Jay had learned to trust no one. He had migrated from town to town working temporary jobs and making lady friends wherever he went. But he never stayed long; he was independent of family ties and love.

    Despite Kate’s reservations about Jay, she couldn’t help but fall for his charisma. Her family liked him, especially her sweet little sister, “Birdie”. But he had so many secrets. What did he do on the weekends, and why didn’t he go to church with them on Sunday? And then there was Mike warning the family against Jay’s potentially unscrupulous ways.

    Suddenly, just when Kate had decided to give Jay a chance, a family disaster takes place, and Jay seems to be in the center of it. Remembering Mike’s warnings and considering only Jay’s uncertain past, Kate refuses to listen to Jay and give him a chance to explain. The next morning Jay is gone. Within the week he has enlisted to serve in WWII.

    Has Kate made the right decision? Should she have given Jay a chance to explain himself? Will she ever see him again?

    Ann Gabhart’s book, Small Town Girl, is a fascinating historical novel of romance, love, war, and life’s uncertainties. (reviewed by S.Fincannon)

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Small Town Girl was provided by in exchange for our honest review on behalf of Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.

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