Oct 17, 2011

Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart

Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis, and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she’s determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She’s equally determined never to fall in love again.

For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he’s spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he’s moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice, and he’s ready to find the right girl, get married, and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke’s resolve to go her way alone—despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?

Hometown Girl is book four in The Chesapeake Diaries series.

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and enjoys country life. She is currently working on the next book in her bestselling Chesapeake Diaries series.

Connect with Mariah on her website, www.mariahstewart.com, and on Facebook.

Mariah Stewart’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, October 3rd:  Book Reviews by Molly
Wednesday, October 5th:  Reviews from the Heart
Friday, October 7th:  Book Reviews by Molly – guest post
Monday, October 10th:  Kelly’s Lucky You
Wednesday, October 12th:  Novel Reaction
Thursday, October 13th:  I Am a Reader, Not a Writer – interview/giveaway
Tuesday, October 18th:  Deb’s Book Bag
Thursday, October 20th:  Lesa’s Book Critiques    review and guest post
Monday, October 24th:  Colloquium – guest post/giveaway
Wednesday, October 26th:  Joyfully Retired – guest post/giveaway
Tuesday, November 1st:  All Grown Up?
Thursday, November 3rd:  Book Journey
Monday, November 7th:  A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Wednesday, November 9th:  My Two Blessings
Monday, November 14th:  Pudgy Penguin Perusals
Wednesday, November 16th:  Sara’s Organized Chaos

Mariah Stewart has written another captivating novel in the Chesapeake Diaries series. I have read the three previous books in this series, and reading Hometown Girl was like taking a holiday back to a favourite small town and visiting with old friends. It's a place where everyone knows each other. (LOL, does that remind you of the theme song from the old sitcom, Cheers?)

Seriously though, the residents of St. Denis have deep roots in their community. Many of the families have been there for multiple generations, and it's the kind of place that most of us can only dream of experiencing.  Maybe that's why it's so great to read this series, as most of us would love to live in a place just like it.

Gourmet cupcakes and homemade ice cream, wedding planners, movie stars, family reconciliations, fresh starts, renewing childhood friendships, and hope for broken hearts ... these are just a few of the compelling elements that took me on a fantastic escape into the perfect little town for a few hours.  I give this entire series a huge thumbs up!

Disclosure: Book received courtesy of TLC Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy that this book made you feel like visiting old friends in your old hometown - those are the kind of feel-good books we all need every once in a while!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.