Heart Land: A Novel

Heart Land: A Novel

by Kimberly Stuart

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ISBN-13: 9781501180569
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 127,133
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Stuart has always treasured a good story and a good laugh. When she’s not engrossed in the charming chaos of motherhood, Stuart writes stories that are intended to make readers laugh often and cry once—maybe twice. Kimberly resides in Des Moines, Iowa, with her fantastic husband and their three wily children.

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Heart Land: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Sandy5 3 months ago
This was a cute, romance story that was a light read for me. Touching a bit on the religion side, I thought the novel main emphasis was that even though Grace wished to move on, her childhood home would always be a part of her. Living in Iowa my entire life, there were parts of this story I could totally relate to and then, there were parts of this story which didn’t make sense. I didn’t realize this was a religious novel until I started reading it. The religious aspect wasn’t a major component of this novel as they were subtle. On a positive note, I liked how Grace went after her dream and went to New York to be a designer. From Iowa to New York is a huge step and although, she was still climbing the ladder, she was trying. I liked how she reconnected with Tucker once she returned to Iowa and how she opened up to him. I also loved how she used the resources she had to remake herself in Iowa. I loved the encouragement that she gave to the Club Ladies; how she valued them and showed them this. I really loved Gigi. She was a fantastic lady and her attitude was amazing. I loved it when she was at the flea market with her dresses. Her comment about selling the dresses was so cute. As I read, I wondered about Grace’s relationship with Gigi. It seemed that Gigi was making all the effort except when it came to Grace’s dresses. When Grace graduated and headed off to NY, she didn’t stay in contact with individuals from Iowa, that puzzled me. She doesn’t seem like the type to cut ties so drastically. Then, when she returns back home, she comes with open arms. This just didn’t make sense. A light romance where there’s not much drama getting in the way. 3.5 stars
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 9 months ago
sometimes a trip home is what your soul needs. . . There was something sweet and warming about this small-town romance. A romance that takes you back to that first time you fell in love. Learning to see the past with the future and seeing your future in your present. Grace and Tucker was sweet and refreshing at the same time. Heat Land was more than just a girl/woman coming home. It was her chance to fall in love a second time with her hometown and the one true love that would carry her further and any career would ever take her. She had to learn to open her heart, body, and soul to the possibilities. This was hitting bottom and slowly rising back to the top.This was learning that some decisions have ramification well past what one can see. Grace and Tucker had that special something that allowed for them to be apart but not really apart. Life had something more in store for the two of them. I very much enjoyed the small town atmosphere, the reconnection to roots, the link between two souls, and most of all the characters. This was more than just a romance it was a love story with oneself and life. Grace had her second chance in more than just love. She was allowed to find a way back from a decision that affected more than just her life. Kimberly Stuart gave me a journey and life lesson. My first read from her but will not be my last. Love. Faith. Dreams. Fate. Connection.
Debi_2014andBeyond 11 months ago
Grace Kleren fought to achieve her dream of becoming a top fashion designer. She moved from small town Iowa and moved to New York City where she worked hard. She started off at the bottom and worked her way up the ladder and was ready for promotion. Instead of receiving the expected promotion, Grace finds herself without a job. Her bills are stacking up and she just cannot keep up. With the help of her grandmother and friends, as well as Tucker, a man from her past, Grace fights to find her footing as she returns home to restart her life. Grace needs to confront her past, first her grandma and the memories of her parents’ accident. On a whim, Grace designs a dress to sell on Etsy. The dress sells so fast Grace realizes that she may have found a way back to her dream sooner than she thought. Stuart shows readers how real life is messy and unpredictable. She also shows us that when we rely on our family, faith and friends, we can get past life's struggles and hardships. The ending was part what I expected and part surprise. I think Christian Fiction readers will enjoy this novel just as much as I did.
FHlady 12 months ago
Contemporary Christian romance from a new-to-me author that is heartwarming and delightful. Grace Klaren thinks she has finally made her dream come true. A small town girl with fashion on her mind finds her way to big city New York with plans to become a big name designer. She left her true love Tucker whom she'd known since childhood to chase her dream. But after six years of working at a top of the line fashion house her dreams comes crashing to an end when she is fired. Going back to Silver Creek Iowa is the last things she wants to do but at this point she has no choice. Filled with lots of laughter and few traces of tears, this was a touching story of learning that sometimes what we want isn't what we need or what will give us true happiness. Grace learned the hard way that there is no place like home. She also regained her relationship with God which she had lost when her parents died in a freak winter storm car accident. I loved Gigi she was exactly what every person wants their grandmother to be like. Gigi's group of elderly friends was a hoot and added a wonderful, supportive dimension to this romance. Tucker was the perfect gentleman, and he definitely knew how to romance a woman. Hoping to see more from this author
Abold24 12 months ago
This charming story was so interesting and enjoyable! Ms. Stuart provides the reader with a fascinating tale of what it means to go home even when there is nowhere else we can go and how to pull ourselves together to live again. This story focuses on Grace who lives and breathes fashion. Grace lives in New York, but due to circumstances must go home to small town Iowa where everyone knows everyone. In Iowa, she stays with her grandmother and together they mend Grace’s life back together. Hunter, an old friend, reappears in her life. Will Grace make it as a fashion designer? Will Grace be able to make it back to New York or will the small town life become her haven? This book was entertaining and charming! I highly recommend this book! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
Abold24 12 months ago
This charming story was so interesting and enjoyable! Ms. Stuart provides the reader with a fascinating tale of what it means to go home even when there is nowhere else we can go and how to pull ourselves together to live again. This story focuses on Grace who lives and breathes fashion. Grace lives in New York, but due to circumstances must go home to small town Iowa where everyone knows everyone. In Iowa, she stays with her grandmother and together they mend Grace’s life back together. Hunter, an old friend, reappears in her life. Will Grace make it as a fashion designer? Will Grace be able to make it back to New York or will the small town life become her haven? This book was entertaining and charming! I highly recommend this book! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Heart Land is a tender, sweet, loving, heart touching story. One that you will remember for quite a while. It is one of love that was lost and now that may have a second chance. It is a wonderful gift given to us the readers - from the author - it is a story of choices - will she make the right decision? Will they listen to what the LORD has for them? This book basically boils down to is where is home? Is home where the money is or where your heart is? Where is home for Grace? Where is your home? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
Heart Land is a delightful and sweet story of love and second chances-both of love and careers. Grace Kleren left her hometown in Iowa after high school for New York City and a career in the fashion world. After devoting her life and time in a fashion design company for several years, she is fired. Overspent and broke, Grace has no choice but to return to Iowa and her grandmother Gigi. She only has her grandmother since the death of her parents when she was a junior in high school. Grace was ashamed and embarrassed of her failure in New York. She planned on working long enough to make some money to get back on her feet and head back to the city-one way or another. Things had a way of changing her plans. She didn't plan to rekindle her friendship with her high school boyfriend Tucker that she hurt by leaving after graduation. After working with her Gigi and other grannies to develop a new wardrobe that became an overnight success, New York wanted her back. It seemed that she would be leaving Gigi and Tucker again, at least for a while. There are a lot of life lessons in this story that involve figuring out what is success by the world's view and what God has in store for us. What we deem important can give us tunnel vision and we miss out on who and what is really important and part of God's plan. This is a sweet story that had me smiling and pulling for Grace in her personal life and career. Tucker is such a great guy and looks out for Gigi and her friends. The ladies are all very supportive of Grace as is Tucker. A feel good story of love, faith and second chances. I received a complimentary copy from Howard Books through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.