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His Hometown Girl

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  59 reviews
He'd always managed to best her…

Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he's not playing fair.

Facing off against Dan
Mass Market Paperback, Large Print, 386 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Heartwarming, family, friendship, love, loyalty.

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This was a particularly sweet story.

I liked Jodi right from the start. She'd been through so much but was so strong and she knew her priorities. Her ex-husband Peter was a complete and utter arsehole and men like him should just be chemically castrated because they don't deserve to have children. I felt very strongly about how Peter acted and treated Jodi and Tyler and
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling you get when you are so unbelievably sad for others that all you want to do is grab hold of them, hug them and tell them it will all be okay? Or when you are so over the moon happy that you can't stop smiling and just want to shout it out to the whole world? Well those are just two of the emotions I felt during this read.

The read tells of Jodi and just like every loving mother out there Jodi will do anything to help her son receive the medical attention he needs. Of course
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jodi Chapman is going home after ten long years. Her job is to convince her old neighbors to sell their farms to her company, Midland. Her job would be hard enough without Daniel Gleason, the man who broke her heart, and vocally opposes the buy-out. Sparks fly as Daniel tries to get farmers to join him in forming a co-op, and Jodi tries to help them see the advantages of selling.
I have never read any of the books from the Harlequin Heartwarming division before, and I didn't know what to expect.
Michelle Pickett
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I knew I would love “His Hometown Girl” before I read it. Not just because I loved the jacket copy of the book, but because one of my favorite authors wrote it. However, I didn’t know how much I’d love it. I knew there was something different about the story as I was reading it. I could feel something pulling at me, touching me deeply, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on exactly what it was. It wasn’t until after I’d finished reading the book that I read Karen’s letter to her readers.

I hope sh
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jodi will always do what is best for her son, Tyler. He's 4 years old and autistic. She needs to get him into an amazing school but needs more money. Her ex-husband walked out on them and now wants to lower his support payments to her. She's given an opportunity to make more money and get a promotion with her job. The catch? She has to return to her hometown in Cedar Bay, Vermont and get the farmers to sell their land to her company, Midland Corp. The reason they haven't been successful in the p ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 stars

Jodi has basically been living her life for her autistic son. There is a chance that she can get him the help he needs, but it comes at a price. She has to go back home and sale her company's pitch. She hasn't been home in ages, not after what she found out last time she was there. That's when her heart broke and the guy who caused it is still there. Daniel has given his life to his family's farm. Having Jodi back in town is definitely a surprise, one he equally likes and dislikes. He l
Julie Barrett
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock
I have read some of Karen's other works and enjoy the reads.
Jodi Chapman and her autiic son are on the track to get him enrolled into the specialized school. She has a few months to raise the money which is twice what she has saved.
She hears back from Tyler's father who is getting remarried and hopes to have a perfect child and he's reducing child support. Her boss then wants her to travel back to her hometown in VT and acquire farmland and he's promised her a hef
Katie W
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There were many aspects to this book that I absolutely loved!!

One of the main themes was Autism. Autism is something that affects way too many families, yet so many people in society are still unaware of how to deal with it. In this story, Jodi's four-year-old son, Tyler, has been diagnosed with autism and because of it, she finds herself becoming a single parent, with no support from her ex. The way people would look at her and treat her son really tugged at my heartstrings. The emotions and fe
Dale Rogers
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again Karen Rock has awed me with her writing style and descriptions. From the realities of autism to the plights of farmers, she tugs at readers’ hearts with her character’s raw emotions. But that doesn’t mean there’s no substance. The author obviously has knowledge in these areas, which she shares, educating and even supplying solutions.

A decade after a love lost, Jodi Chapman and Daniel Gleason find themselves on opposite sides of an extremely heated battle. Hoping for a promotion at Mid
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I feel like I've been missing out on something wonderful. I'm a huge clean romance lover and have only recently discovered Harelquin's Heartwarming line of books. I've previously read many books from their Love Inspired line. The Heartwarming books have a similar focus on family and values but without the religious feel to them.

His Hometown Girl is the 3rd Harlequin Heartwarming title I have read this year and I was not disappointed. There is depth to the story-line and characters. You can't he
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
His Hometown Girl is such an adorable book. This is the first book that I have read in this fun romance. The characters are funny, warm and love especially with Daniel has a big heart with Jodi and her autistic four-year-old son. I’m giving five stars. I highly recommend this book.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review

I really liked Wish Me Tomorrow by Karen Rock, so I was really excited when I heard she was writing another book. Although I enjoyed Wish Me Tomorrow a bit more, this is another great book. The story is about Jodi and her autistic son Tyler, she moves temporarily back to her hometown and falls in love again with her childhood love Daniel. There also is some sort of battle going on for buying the farms, as Jodi is there for the company she works for, M
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All the love for this book!! I don’t think I can find enough adjectives to express how much I loved His Hometown Girl; it’s a beautiful, beautiful book!! Ever since page one after just a couple of lines I knew I was going to love the story.

Jodi is a single mother who dedicates all her strength and efforts to provide for his autistic son, to give him everything he could need. Her kid, Tyler, means the world to her and she wants him to be taken care of, to get help but that is not an easy thing to
Elizabeth Robertson
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Chapman returns home to Cedar Bay to secure a future for herself and her son, Tyler, by getting local farmers to sell their land to her firm. The only thing stopping her is Daniel Gleason, her high school sweetheart, who has plans of his own.

Karen Rock charms us with her second novel. Jodi and Daniel…and Tyler’s story makes you laugh out loud, sigh with longing and ball your fists in frustration and cry at the happily ever after. Readers will be completely blown away by this heartwarming ta
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin, romance
Is it love or war? Definitely war for Jodi and Daniel, then you throw in an autistic child in the mix and what do you have? A truly wonderful read! You have lost love, broken hearts, an ex, love, and so much more. Jodi and Daniel are not only at war with each other but with themselves and their feelings.

The ONE that got away, each of us has that someone. What would we do if we got a second chance to get that one person back? Who hasn't wanted a chance to go back and redo a part in your life, hav
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

A heartwarming second chance romance, Karen Rock’s His Hometown Girl focuses on the healing power of love and on the crucial roles that home, family and community play in all of our lives. Well developed characters, good dialogue and a child with special needs kept me turning the pages from start to finish. Set in a rural community determined to keep its identity th
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a mother, I was drawn to the description of this story. I was looking forward to reading a story that exemplifies the strength of a mother's love and a mother's indomitable will to seek a better life for her child. Amazingly, this story was that and so much more! HIS HOMETOWN GIRL is a story about the importance and meaning of home, community and family. Above all, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL exemplifies that love can heal all!

Jodi Chapman, the single mother of Tyler (a 4-year old, autistic boy), is de
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
After being left by her husband, Jodi Chapman now has to raise her toddler on her own. To complicate things, he’s autistic and needs much attention. She was able to secure a spot for Tyler in a specialized school known for its progressive behavioral fixes. Now she just has to buy a large amount of acreage buys for her farming company, Midland to get the promotion and raise needed to pay the tuition. Unfortunately, her assignment is to go back to her hometown which she abandoned a decade earlier. ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5/5

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His Hometown Girl is a sweet romance and lives up to the Harlequin title - Heartwarming.
What I liked most about this book it that it is filled with real-life concerns and not perceived melodramas. Jodi is a single (divorced) mother trying to take care of her son in the best way she knows how. Daniel is a farm owner trying to keep it successful and prevent a corporate buy-out. Even though they have a past together, it does
Kathie (katmom)
I have to give credit here, Ms. Rock really does see into the lives of those who have autistic children. It's hard, it's heart breaking, and then there are moments of joy. I enjoyed that aspect of "His Hometown Girl."

While it seems like Jodi, working for the Midland Company, has the best option for the farmers of her hometown, Daniel also has a great option with the farming co-op that he's promoting. I was impressed when the two of them worked together to help their community. Having two option
Cindy Hale
The cover of this book really pulled me in. Who doesn't want to read about adults rekindling their high school romance in a strawberry patch? I was all over the idea. But as soon as I began reading His Hometown Girl I realized this story went much deeper than a cutesy country love story. I honestly didn't see it coming, but I should have, knowing how amazing and deep Karen's past books have been.

I was moved by Jodi's struggle to be a better mom to her autistic son. My identical twin sons were di
Ruth Hill
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I was growing up, "Harlequin" always meant "trashy romance novels." I discovered a few years ago that Harlequin had a much-expanded repertoire. I knew that their historical fiction was always hot and heavy but generally very well-written. This is the first time I have ever read a Harlequin book from their Heartwarming titles, and I was quite impressed with what I read. The book is free from sex, profanity, and it is completely appropriate for anyone who appreciates a sweet romance. I was in ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Gah! SO. GOOD! I'm going to be exhausted when my alarm goes off in a few hours, but it was TOTALLY worth staying up to finish!

UPDATE: (from my blog)

Y'all, I SO fell in love with Daniel! He is such a fantastic man! Of course, I fell in love with ALL the characters in this book. :) Little Tyler is so adorable, you can't help but love him. But if someone could wave a magic wand, and make Daniel come to life, I would be ALL over that!

Although it's hard to imagine the life of a single mother with an
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC for an honest review

A story that is close to my heart. Karen made a strong bond between me and His Hometown Girl.

An easy, fun, and heartwarming story of Jodi and Daniel...and Tyler...and the people of Cedar Bay. I can closely connect to Jodi's struggles having been lucky of being a part of children with autism back in college. She hit her goal. She hit my heart.

Jodi and Daniel were both admirable as individual characters. Karen made sure that as easy this read was, her character
Cassy Witthar
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

This is a very touching and heartwarming story. It was so well-written, I really developed a bond with the characters. The author had a way of writing that was smooth and flowed easily. I started reading and before I knew it, the story was finished.

This is not only a romance story. It showed the challenges and rewards of having a child with special needs. Jodi is the main character trying to do the best that she can for her son, Tyler, who is autist
Anny hernandez
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
**** I received an ARC copy for an honest review ****

This is the first book that I read from this author.

This is a sweet and adorable story I felt in love with it, I love the characters and love how it turned out to be. I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.

This is the story of Jodi Chapman, after long time she returns home to Cedar Bay to secure a future for herself and her son Tyler, he is four years old and is an autistic, Jodi will do anything to help her son rec
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Loved this book! It is one of those that leaves you feeling good with a smile on your face! Jodi left her life of living on a farm in a small town and traded it for the big city life in Chicago. Jodi was married with a little boy, Tyler, and a successful career but when Tyler started showing signs of autism everything started to fall apart. Her husband left them and her son stopped talking.

When her boss tells her she has to return to her hometown to try to buy some of the farm land for her comp
Janice Sisemore
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014

Jodi has a son that is autistic, who is four years old, she is trying to get him into a special school. After the evaluation it is decided that he can attend the school but they have to have down payment which is ten percent which is a very high amount. They give her few days to get the money to them. She was hoping her ex would help out but finds out cannot depend on him. Her boss offers a chance that would involve a promotion but it involves going back to her hometown. Once she arrives there t
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock rings a note of truth to all mothers. We all wish that we could take away all the pain and struggle and heartache from our children's lives. We may think that we know what is easiest or best, but we have to let their individuality guide them. Jodi's I-should-be-able-to-handle-all-this-myself outlook almost causes her to overlook everything that Daniel has to offer. I thank Karen for this gentle nudge for all of us who occasionally suffer from a "superwoman" comple ...more
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