Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hometown Girl by Michele Ashman Bell

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.

Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. Hey Rachel,
    I appreciate your willingness to read and review my book. You've had such a busy summer! Thanks for your kind words and recommendation.
    Michele

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  2. I really liked, enjoyed, adored, etc.... this book. I am a sucker for a good LDS romance book. Michele's books were the first LDS fiction books I started reading, and her books led me to yours (which I love and have read all of them, most of them multiple times, and recommend yours to everyone). It has been a while since I have read the first book in her Butterfly Box series, and want to read it again. Yes, everyone go out and read this book, and catch up with all of her other books too! Thank you, Rachel, for writing such amazing novels. :)

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  3. Thanks, Joidee! I appreciate you saying so. Love the spelling of your name, too. :-)

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  4. WHAT! Your daughter is getting married? I didn't hear about that. Congratulations!

    I loved the first Butterfly Box book and I can't wait to read this one.

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