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Small Town Girl

Title:  Small Town Girl
Author:  Ann H. Gabhart
Pages:  400
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Revell
                Ann Gabhart has a wonderful recipe for a story in Small Town Girl by adding history with romance, sprinkling in some mystery too.  The town of Rosey Corner is where the Merritt family lives in a population of about 100 people.  On a September day, the oldest Merritt daughter Evie is getting married to Mike, with the best man being Jay Turner a lifelong friend of Mike’s.  Kate begins to open up her heart to the possibility of love, though she is warned by friends and family not to trust Jay.  Graham a long time resident asks Jay to stick around and help him with the odd jobs he does in town.
                Jay normally doesn’t stay anywhere long enough to get to know people or put down roots.  In fact, because of his past, the very idea of “family” scares him so much that when war breaks out he enlists.  Love is happening to many in the Merritt family and many are learning the truth inside their hearts some of which is hard to face.  Kate, being the middle child, tends to normally be a fixer when life goes off kilter.  Yet, some things people can’t fix.  Here is where the element of prayer and faith is invited to become a reality.
                I loved the story as characters each had their stories to share.  It made the history more personal and real.  Included in the novel is what our President at that time said after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Here is a picture of what life might have looked like at that time when one morning the United States was at peace, the next thrust into war.  As you read the novel, a couple of townspeople who served during WWI share their memories in order to help the next generation face all the changes.
                Kate Merritt’s father shares how the war affected him.  Her parents show how though their marriage was at times rocky the Lord saw them through it all.  The truth about prayer is shared throughout the pages from various points of view.  I loved how Scripture would come at certain points in the story too.  My mind was remembering the many war movies I have watched, but how few show how soldiers were comforted and how chaplains were with them in the trenches or foxholes.
                If you love romance and mystery, this is a book you have got to read.  I have hardly shared the number of stories within the story that occurs.  It was exciting, heart gripping as well as filled with hope.  Don’t pass up this excellent story!  You won’t be sorry you took time to read it.  It was awesome!
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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