New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Courtney Walsh returns with a hopeful and emotional new book about seizing second chances, finding yourself, and forging your own path.
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 tha...more
Beth and Molly are so different from one another ...more
I think part of the problem is that Walsh is a decent writer. Her characters are clear, the setting evocative, and the plot holds together with an adequate eye to pacing. She's a bit coy about details, and I always hate that, but she only delayed about a quarter of the book before I ...more
Can I just start with how much I loved the quietness of the story? There's no huge emotional bursts that lend themselves t ...more
And then I started reading … and couldn’t stop. Walsh’s engaging writing voice and beautiful way with words immediately immerses you into the story. Before you know it, you’re mentally stopping off for a pastry at Butler’s where you’ll of course chat with Beth and Callie. You’ll want to wrap your arms through the pages and give Beth a huge hug. You’ll find yourself laughing at Molly’s exuberance – and that rascally sheep! Y ...more
This is the first book I’ve read by Courtney Walsh. I was drawn to it by the cover and had seen it recommended several times and I can see why. I could relate to Beth’s character. Don’t we all sometimes feel we need to earn our redemption? That we need to work so hard for respect and/or forgiveness? I could feel Drew’s withdrawal from people and wanted to offer him my understanding. This book deserves the 5 stars I rarely give.
Overall this is a beautifully told tale about life, love, and embracing your true self. This book has it all--romance, mystery, and a meaningful spiritual and personal journey.
So I have to admit I was a little surprised to find out this book had some mystery to it! It took me a little while to get sucked into the story. But once I did I couldn't wait to unravel the mystery, to get to know Drew and Beth better. And to find ...more
Beth never expected to be living at home in the small town of Willow Grove so many years after finishing high school. The plan was to leave town and never look back. But sometimes you can't predict heartbreak or mak ...more
Beth Whitaker has worked tirelessly to erase the mistake that may have led her father to an early grave. Her risky miscalculation cost the family company a lawsuit, which mercifully her father did not publicize. When her happy-go-lucky sister Molly, pops onto the scene with the harebrained idea of restoring an old community farm back to ...more
I loved seeing the similarities and contrasts between the arcs of Beth and Drew. They were similar in seeking second chances and a belonging or sense of security. Along the way, Beth begins to find the blessing she can be ...more
And boy was everyone right about this author! I was totally sucked into the story from the ver ...more
Hometown Girl is a beautifully written story about family, love, loss, forgiveness (including self), and learning to love oneself in a healthy way.
The MC Elizabeth/Beth is living with a lot of guilt and a secret that she's never told anyone. She's a good girl, an obedient child, but everyone makes mistakes and some w ...more
No one un ...more
It's about a business woman helping her sister renovate and restore a tourist farm/orchard/market/place with the help of a handsome cowboy-ish guy who has a deep, secret connection with the farm. That involves an unsolved crime.
I love mysteries, so that unsolved-crime aspect sucked me in, and so did all the details about restoring old buildings, setting up raised garden be ...more
Ever read a book that's supposedly a standalone and love the characters and the setting so much you hope for a series out of it? Well, Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh is just that. Set in small town Willow Grove, and a memory induced backdrop of a farm/orchard that the townspeople rally to support, it makes for a great "hometown" for anyone.
The sweetness of the vib ...more
Consistent throughout, 'Hometown Girl' is a story that captures such a wide array of emotions, heartaches, loss, tragedy and more. I find no fault in Courtney's writing. I love her style. The way she can pull the reader fully into the sto ...more
The solitary Drew Barlow is returning to Willow Grove and Fairwind Farm for the first time in twenty years. He volunteers in a communi ...more
This is another fabulous and flawless novel by Courtney Walsh. I absolutely love this story, and I relate to the main char ...more
A tumultuous quest for peace is at the heart of Hometown Girl and this quote really settled into my heart. Love that last line -- "You just have to rest in it." And isn't that hard? It shouldn't be, but it is. Especially for this hero and heroine.
Beth is...well, complicated. And, honestly, I didn't connect with her at first. In ...more
When heartbreak and circumstances strand her in the small Illinois community she grew up in she’s…stuck. In her job at her family’s company and living at home with her mother once again. Then Beth’s sister, who is opposite of her in about every way possible, Beth knows she’s going to have to bail Molly out of her scheme. Again.
What Beth doesn’t ...more
At my first glance of Hometown Girl, I was deceived by the title. It seemed too simple and nostalgic. Yet as I delved into the pages ...more