Audiobook Mini-Review: Hometown Girl

30 Sep

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?

Courtney Walsh is an author, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing arts studio and youth theatre. They have three children.

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My Impressions:

I had read only one book by Courtney Walsh before I was notified by Amazon that through my Prime account I could borrow the audiobook of Hometown Girl. Well of course I downloaded it immediately. I mean, what’s not to like — a wonderful author and a free book! 😉 What I got reinforced that Walsh is a must-read author for me. Hometown Girl is a contemporary romance (not always my first choice in genre), but there is nothing fluffy about it. It is full of wonderful characters with the same struggles as you and me. Their past mistakes and failures haunt them, just as false perceptions of place and purpose keep them from finding their Why. Add a charming and close-knit community, a couple of quirky characters, and a decades-old mystery, and this book had me hooked! I’m not sure I would recommend the audio-version. Not because it wasn’t excellently read, but because you will want to read this one straight through! 😉 I read it in 1 hour increments on my morning walks, but would have enjoyed it more if I could have read it throughout the day and the night.

I think Hometown Girl is a winner. I cannot wait to dig into more books by Courtney Walsh.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to Amazon Prime for letting me borrow this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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