Before my recent trip to Europe, I was given an electronic copy of Michele Ashman Bell's new novel Hometown Girl. I uploaded it to my Kindle with a bunch of other books, and I was ready for anything. Layovers, plane delays, I didn't care. I had BOOKS.
Hometown Girl was the first I read. The novel is the second segment of Michele's Butterfly Box Series, but at that point in time I hadn't read the first book. Though Hometown Girl was a great read alone, as I read and enjoyed the novel, I suspected there was something more I'd missed out on with the larger group of friends. I wanted to know about everyone of them and how the group formed, which made me want to go back and read the first--and wait for the next segment, which I believe will soon be coming. Yay!
Hometown Girl is the story of Jocelyn, a woman coming home, facing her past, and falling in love. It's funny, interesting, and often poignant. I found the hero a bit unusual, which I really liked. I don't want to give too much away of the story, but I will say that I loved the small town atmosphere and the characters Jocelyn meets and the challenges she faces. Her frustrations as she adapts to a new lifestyle are real. This was the perfect read for my flight, as it completely kept me from thinking about how small those airplane seats really are.
So as my daughter is getting married in two weeks and I still have a long list of things I must do, I won't say anything more except that if you love LDS romance, run out to your nearest LDS bookstore and buy this book.
Michele is holding a contest in connection with the release of her book--a $50 gift Visa card. To check out the details you just need to enter on her blog http://micheleabell.blogspot.com/2010/08/blog-tour-contest-and-signings.html.