Published by Waterfall Press on September 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Also by this author: Just Look Up (Harbor Point, #1)
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Courtney Walsh returns with a hopeful and emotional new book about seizing second chances, finding yourself, and forging your own path.
Beth Whitaker isn’t supposed to be a small-town girl. She’s always dreamed of leaving Willow Grove, Illinois, for the big city, but she feels trapped, struggling to make up for a mistake that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again.
Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago.
Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm?
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Get ready to meet Beth Whitaker who is prepared to leave her small town for the big city just when her sister goes out on a whim and purchases a run-down farm. Add that to the underlying mystery intertwined in this story, and you have an interesting read in Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh.
Courtney is still a new author to me, but I'm thinking that is going to be changing pretty soon! While Hometown Girl took a little time to build and hook me, it ended up being an enjoyable story.
I'm a sucker for books with small towns, and that was what initially drew me to this book. Willow Grove made for a lovely setting, particularly with the run-down farm. It reminded me of something from a Hallmark movie.
One of my favorite parts of this story was the underlying mystery. I enjoy mystery books and, although this wasn't a mystery book, I enjoyed that element of the story. I also enjoyed the banter between Drew and Beth. They made for some fun scenes.
Although it took some time to get going, this book was an enjoyable read. The hint of mystery was a nice addition to the small town romance.