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Small Town Hearts

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Rule #1 - Never fall for a summer boy.

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fal
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Vicky Who Reads
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
6 September 2017

I am SO EXCITED for Bitter Brews to come out! Just AHHH!

I've read the Wattpad version, I've reviewed it on SwoonReads & I can't believe this is finally happening for this lovely lady!

Lillie deserves this so much after all her hard work, and I know Babe & Levi's story will be loved by many.

Jan 22, 2019 cannot come fast enough (and cover voting, because YASS) & I'll be waiting for the day when I'll be able to purchase a physical copy of this wonderful novel!

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Feb 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
I was not going to read this book.

And then I saw this beautiful piece of bantery banter.

“This Girl looks like my cup of tea.”
“But how come all I see you drink is coffee?”

Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
Well, if I had to sum up this book in a word, it would be: ADORABLE.
I really loved the small town vibes and setting, giving me all the summer feels I was looking for. I adored ALL THE FOOD and cakes in this book (I got hungry while reading... multiple times). The romance was well-built and adorable and I just really really liked them together okay.
Definitely a book I'd recommend for marshmallows/contemporary lovers like me :)

Full review coming closer to pub. date! :)

Thank you to MacMillan Inter
✩ Ashley ✩
ARC approved by the author, Lillie Vale!! Thank you so much! 🤗
Pragati Chaudhari

Lillie is such a dear friend and I'm so very excited for her! She's an amazing author and she deserves this and so much more! I'm so happy that all her hard work has paid off and this is finally happening!

What makes it even more special is that it's my babyboy sailor Levi! ACKKKKK! I'm so in love with him, it's not even funny! He's such an amazing book boyfriend, you can't help but just fall, fall, fall for him.

Such a beautiful story, writt
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
i hold this book very close to my heart and i hope to come back and read it again in a few months time because i'm sure it still will make me feel as much, if not more, as the first time i read it
Victoria Snyder
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this book by the author so that more bisexual teenagers could read it. All of these opinions are strictly my own!

I really wanted to give this book 5 stars. I did. But I just couldn’t do it. There were enough things I had issues with, that I had to knock it down to four.
Now, don’t let my issues with the book deter you from reading this. It truly is amazing and I highly enjoyed it. So, let’s get into this.

The good -
• The bi rep. While at times it felt like Babe must be living
Samantha Hastings
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If author Lillie Vale's words were edible I would savor every bite of this delicious summer romance. Babe is working at Busy's, the cafe she someday hopes to own, when a handsome young man comes in to order. She is attracted to him, but her ex-girlfriend is back in town and her best friend Penny has just broken up with her boyfriend Chad (also one of Babe's best friends). Then Chad kisses her and Babe is worried about losing both of her friends. Luckily, she makes friends with Levi, the cute guy ...more
Prerna Pickett
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Small Town Hearts is a deliciously wonderful debut. Seriously, I got hungry reading Babe's baking escapades. And the setting was the perfect backdrop, oftentimes a character itself, lifting the tone and style of the writing. And the fact that Babe lives in an actual lighthouse???? So jealous. I'm ready to move to Maine immediately. But only for the summer. I enjoyed the cast of characters, the romance, the very realistic portrayal of evolving friendships, and Babe's place of work! Way back when ...more
*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Bordering on meh, but the core issues I had with it could easily be fixed. My main gripe is that there was repetitive dialogue, inner monologue, and “drama” that seemed to keep the storyline in a constant one-step-forward-two-steps-back
Sonia Hartl
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story about growing up and growing apart from people you might be more attached to out of comfort, rather than genuine appreciation. Babe is so loveable as she learns to step outside her comfort zone and take a few risks. The setting is amazing, like a warm day with a hint of ocean spray. The perfect summer read.
Addie Thorley
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Babe is such a fabulous protagonist; I loved seeing her step outside of her comfort zone to navigate the tricky transition between high school and what comes next. The growing pains of changing friendships, old flames, and new/forbidden romance was all so real and relateable. I especially loved the town of Oars Rest! It was SO charming. I want to live there. And Babe's baking--omg I have never been so hungry while reading a book. Don't miss this cute, summery story!!
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and cozy contemporary romance. The story is about a girl named Barbara also known as Babe who lives in a place named Maine. She is tough and smart but she also have some issues of her own. When she meets Levi, who himself came to Maine to lose himself, both of them help each other to fight against their problems. It's a sweet story without any cliche. The plot is simple yet the writing is beautiful that lets you stay with the story.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best out there folks. A book for your soul.
Romantic Intentions Quarterly
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
With high school at an end, Babe isn’t sure what the future will hold. Her life on the Maine coast is lovely (she lives in a lighthouse!), but with her two best friends and favorite couple, Penny and Chad, heading to college in the fall, she can feel things changing. And things do change, dramatically, when Babe abruptly breaks up with Chad, and he – with lightning speed – transfers his affections to her. Meanwhile, a new boy in town is enticing but forbidden (“never fall for a summer boy” is Ba ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Small Town Hearts is a bittersweet, beautifully written book that perfectly captures the in between of growing up and childhood, of moving forward or staying in place. The story follows 19-year-old Babe, who works and lives in the small Maine town of Oar's Rest. Babe is happy to stay in town after graduation and pursue her love of baking and coffee, and plans on spending the summer with her best friends who also happen to be dating. Babe herself hasn't dated since her ex girlfriend left for coll ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

If you want to read a book that will make your mouth water, your heart swoon, and your eyes tear up, look no further. Small Town Hearts is a charming book featuring a bisexual baker who has to believe in finding love in the most unlikely places. It's a book about friendship, change, and self-discovery. Babe has to figure out who she is - the local baker, the third part of their tr
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I completely fell for this summer book! Sweet treats and bitter truths, friendships that burn bright and burn out, old loves and new romances, lighthouses and sandcastles and ocean spray—all the ingredients for a wonderful story about a teenage girl about to become an adult and wondering if the uncertain future can possibly live up to her sweet—and sometimes bittersweet—memories of the past. I loved Small Town Hearts and I think it would be perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen!
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a summer of changes for Babe Vogel; her closeted ex-girlfriend is back in town, her two best friends have broken up, and she finds herself catching feelings for a summer boy-- an artist named Levi (and locals know, tourist relationships are a bad idea!) Babe's life in Oar's Rest is an enchanting dream, and the dawning realization that people come and go after high school is both relatable and bittersweet. A touching coming of age novel wrapped up in a north beach paradise... with desserts.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing writing! Just wish there was a more complex conflict, but again, the simplicity adds to its realism. Kudos, Lillie! <3
Hannah Capin
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i had the pleasure of reading an early copy of SMALL TOWN HEARTS. this debut is perfect for readers who love idyllic settings, sweet and realistic romances, and LGBTQ representation that doesn't erase the B. lillie's characters are endearing and very, very real--they're teenagers who act like teenagers and whose hopes and missteps will be relatable to anyone who's ever faced the end of a friendship, the uncertainty of a relationship, or the beginning of a new chapter in life. a cozy, charming st ...more
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Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Based on the summary of the book, it sounded pretty interesting. The writing was a bit of a chore to get through. For readers who struggle with visualizing, this would be a great text since it provided tons and tons of details. More sophisticated readers may be a bit disappointed since so much of the work has been done for them.
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Lillie Vale, upon discovering she could not be one of Santa’s elves or attend Hogwarts, decided to become a writer to create a little magic of her own. Enjoying the romantic and eerie in equal measure, she’s probably always writing a book where the main characters kiss or kill. Born in Mumbai, she has lived in many U.S. states, and now resides in an Indiana college town where the corn whispers and ...more