He’ll do anything for his daughter…Even fight to regain an old classmate’s broken trust.
In the three years since her mother’s death, widower Hoyt Bradley’s daughter, Jess, hasn’t spoken—until she suddenly begs him to save her favorite bookstore from closing. Hoyt is desperate to hear his daughter’s voice again, but he and the bookstore’s pretty owner, Anna Delaney, share a less-than-friendly past. Working together is complicated enough…but can they avoid falling in love?
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About the Author
Laurel Blount lives on a small farm in Middle Georgia with her husband, David, their four children, a milk cow, dairy goats, assorted chickens, an enormous dog, three spoiled cats and one extremely bossy goose with boundary issues. She divides her time between farm chores, homeschooling and writing, and she’s happiest with a cup of steaming tea at her elbow and a good book in her hand.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. This story gives you hope and makes you believe that when bad things happen to you, You can still find good in the world. This book has it all, and the best thing is it is centered around a book store!! Read it, you will love it. Thank you Laurel Blount, it is my first book of yours but not my last.
A sweet romance My rating is 4.5 stars An adorable, grieving child. Small town. Friends turned enemies - or at least non-friends. Not to mention the beautiful cover! It sounded like the recipe for a great book and therefore I had to give it a read. I liked the way that Anna was intelligent and yet insecure and shy. She was overly nervous around people, especially crowds. Somehow, however, she didn't come across as a stereotypical nerd. She was simply Anna. Her dedication to her recently deceased father was admirable - she had put her life aside to help him. Single dad, Hoyt was a somewhat typical dumb-jock type, then again, he wasn't. He was a successful business owner and had an incredible love for his daughter. I loved that he was sensitive enough to cry. And that he was willing to do whatever it took for his daughter. This was a very sweet story of three broken and lonely people given a second chance at happiness. Hoyt was so funny in his attempts to show kindness to Anna for her help. Burning dinner, arranging to do something extra special for her which resulted in very differently from what he expected! The story was well written with some great lines! I really enjoyed the way Hoyt's best intentions kept turning out in ways he didn't expect. Until the one gesture that was just perfect! If you enjoy sweet, inspirational romances, Hometown Hope is one you'll be glad you read. Read my review of Hometown Hope by Laurel Blount at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
There’s so much to like in Hometown Hope by Laurel Blount! Sometimes a Love Inspired story is exactly what I’m looking for, and Hometown Hope is a gem in this line of books. Setting, characters and romance all blend together in a thoroughly enjoyable read. First of all, setting adds a special touch because the author vividly conveys Pine Valley, a small town located in middle Georgia, probably not far from where I live. The main characters feel real, like people I could meet every day, and I cared about them from the very beginning. The story also engaged my emotions, keeping me eager to turn the pages. There’s some predictability, which didn’t hinder my enjoyment, and also a little of the unexpected. While most book covers feature one or both of the lead characters, I love that Hometown Hope reflects two important themes – a young girl with selective mutism, and books! Anna and Hoyt’s current uncomfortable relationship is interesting because it’s the result of a high school relationship that didn’t end well. Lack of communication and sensitivity were a big part of the problem, and Hoyt’s words to Anna were so insightful … “I’m afraid you’ve always read books far better than you read people.” Both share the bond of loss in their lives and I loved the chemistry between them, as well as watching their feelings and understanding grow. Then there’s sweet Jess who’s the heart of the story, Hoyt’s daughter who hasn’t spoken since her mother died three years earlier. I found aspects of selective mutism informative, such as how, once Jess began speaking, it was only to her dad. And all of us who love books will be fascinated by how Anna’s bookstore, in danger of closing, was the key to Jess beginning to open up. Spiritual nuggets are gently woven throughout, such as forgiveness and letting go of the past. I also loved the spiritual insight in these words spoken by Anna’s former teacher, Mrs. Abercrombie … “We teachers plant seeds, you know. Hundreds of them. Some take longer to germinate than others, that’s all. But it’s never too late to learn something new.” Previous characters from Pine Valley books make appearances, but Hometown Hope stands alone. I enjoyed this feel-good story very much and am eager to read all that Laurel Blount writes. Recommended. Within the Love Inspired line, 5 stars. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
My thoughts: Oh my. What a cute story! I fell in love with Hoyt, Jess, and Anna immediately. Let’s just send the snooty florist packing already okay?! Seriously. She needed what happens to her. A good dose of being nice or else. The story was a very quick read. It was amazing. The writing style is fast-paced and flowing. I loved that the characters are real and that suffering from different mental health issues is just a standard part of life in the book. Alcoholism and abuse are also touched on. Way to go Laurel Blount for hitting all the hard topics in one book and doing an amazing job of it! I did not feel that this book was stilted or made in a way to shed a bad light on any issues. All issues were dealt with positively. Anxiety and panic attacks are a very real part of our culture currently and I really enjoyed seeing this portrayed in Anna. I loved that she was willing to put herself into something she knew could trigger her just because she wanted to help Jess as much as she could. Speaking of Jess. What a fabulous character. Normally children are not main characters in a book but this one almost revolves around Jess. After all, Jess is the reason Hoyt and Anna are thrown together so much. Jess loves to read and loves going to the book store. She doesn’t say this of course because she is mute due to trauma. Can trauma bring back her voice? Will she lose it again if tragedy strikes again? I loved the wiring debacle as well. My husband is an electrician so I know all too well how interestingly things can be wired. It can be humourous but oh so dangerous. And let’s not get me started on the dog in the bag. Oh my goodness so adorable! I can relate to Anna in that I’m scholarly, keep my nose in a book all the time, please don’t talk to me, introverted gal. There are not a ton of people that I would call my friends. Her situation is different than mine though but it was so much fun to read and compare some parts of our lives. Would love another book to continue this one! I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Publicity Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
What a good story! I could really feel the emotions that these characters were experiencing. I felt for Anna as she had some awkward and even some insensitive encounters with former classmates. I also felt for Hoyt. He kept trying to do things to help Anna or make her feel better about the situation with her bookstore, but everything kept backfiring! It was just one thing after another! Hoyt, Anna, and Jess were very enjoyable to read about and I liked the way the relationships developed between all three of them. I had not read the first two books in this series, yet I had no trouble reading Hometown Hope on its own. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.