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Hometown Girl at Heart

(Hometown #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  759 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Tara has always been too engrossed in her work - refurbishing the historical homes in Smithville. She keeps a tight rein on her jobs and her emotions buried, but she’s loosing control of both since that ridiculous city boy investor showed up.

New in town, Justin is confident that his ultra modern resorts will bring Smithville into the twenty-first century. If only the loca
Paperback, 321 pages
Published March 30th 2016 (first published July 15th 2014)
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Sreepurna Datta
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fans of Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber, this series is perfect.

Tara is such an amazing protagonist. My inner feminist kept applauding her for her strong beliefs, independence and lack of helpless-heroine syndrome inspite of her circumstances.

Justin was just as perfect for Tara. He is your typical alpha male hero, but without a controlling douchebag. His thought process is often hilarious, just like his reactions to certain "features" of Smithville.

I LOVE that series has third person POV, but
Novel Addiction
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book Fullmer shows how firm a grasp she has at writing punchy dialogue and characters able to leap off the page as you read. There is also, I found, a charm underneath the romance, meaning it had a greater depth than just being a romantic-type of novel. A lot more subtle, but also rewarding because of that. It also wasn’t too heavily focussed on graphic sex scenes meaning there was a real balance that added to the overall experience.

A well thought out novel that shows there is still roo
Kathleen Short-Ridge
Really great read

Awesome read for a rainy day. Great characters overall. Not a lot of heat lots of sweet though and growth for the hero and heroine.
Janice W. McMahan
Romance, romance, romance...

Such a fun and interesting novel. Small town girl meets city boy. Fussing and feuding ensue. They finally decide to work on a a large, expensive building project together.
Biblio Virgo
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars


Full of romance, humour and drama, Shabby Chic at Heart by Kirsten Fullmer is sure to capture the interest of any reader.

Tara has lived in small-town Smithville her whole life. The town is her family. She refurbishes old estates and vintage furniture, keeping things to the shabby side. Tara’s goal is to please the town and make the people happy, so when an offer of a lifetime pops into her career she cannot say no. She did not expect to have a partner-in-crime thou
Lust for Lit
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic love story about a woman falling for the handsome outsider, against her initial intuition. The story unfolds during the weeks it takes her to renovate an old house ready for sale, while she is obliged to work with the big city out-of-towner who thinks he knows it all and infuriates her. Similarly he is far from keen to develop any relationship with her at all, let alone a romantic one. However, things develop and change and the pair’s feelings towards each other duly develop an ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it had all the feels. The story was believable and I could relate to the characters. The supporting cast of characters were funny and knew before Justin and Tara knew, that they were attracted to one another. I was a little disappointed the way the book ended, I would have liked a little more closure to Justin and Tara's story. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
Biblio Phanatic
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kirsten Fullmer’s story begins with a definite clash of personalities but delivers the all important happy ending required by a romance novel. The romance in question, between the story’s two main characters, is not an easy journey by any means and there are many occasions when it’s far from clear if love will prevail or not.

The story is told from the point of view of a fiercely independent young woman who eventually falls in love with a man who walks into her life out of the blue. It certainly
Elizabeth Foy
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Now reading second book
Luxurious Literature
From the start this author used good descriptive language and set the scene perfectly. We find the main character in a newly acquired property, decorating and renovating for resale on a tight schedule, when an unexpected stranger turns up in the form of competition. Misunderstandings follow and continue throughout the story, with plenty of difficult interactions, plus a whole lot of sexual tension, as the couple get to know each other and work together. Their immediate dislike and mistrust soon ...more
Susan Harner
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hometown Girl at Heart book1

This was such a good read. You get the small town feel with the people that come alive with every turn of the page. Romance is in the air.
Book Blast
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hometown Girl at Heart (aka Shabby Chic at Heart) is a romantic fantasy, boy meets girl, triumph over adversity story, written by a woman for a female audience.

The two main characters meet at the opening of the story and start off on the wrong foot. They have a turbulent relationship at first but then fall for each other against the odds.

This love story is set against a backdrop of business. The leading lady is a buyer and seller of homes who works her magic on the most dilapidated of properties
Rabid Reads
Shabby Chic at Heart (Hometown Series Book 1) by Kirsten Fullmer is a heartwarming romance that is a little bit spicy, inspiring, and cute all at once. Tara as the protagonist is a house renovator, who is quite good at what she does. The level of detail that was written into this character and the actual detail given about home renovation was impressive, in particular when it comes to old homes. Tara is truly a protector of vintage homes and wants to keep them in their glory and as close to thei ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
The small town full of quirky, endearing and relatable characters really made this book a delight to read. It is lighthearted, has a great setting, and I really enjoyed the transformations that take place. It is full of fun shabby chic decorating, and an ending that warmed my heart and put a big goofy grin on my face. It is a light, happy book that will leave you wanting to read more by this charming new author.
Tracy Zullo
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice romance - feels like an older one - quiet 3.5 stars
Julie Barrett
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hometown Girl at Heart (Hometown #1) by Kirsten Fullmer
Starts out with Tara and she is refinishing an old piece of furniture in the new building she had just bought. She's hoping to win the contract to change it all into a resort but by keeping the history and charm of the place and she's pretty sure she'll win the bid with the female head of the company.
Store also follows Justin who moves into a new house to take over the resort property and make it what it needs to be-a get away from DC. He's
Cassandra Yieng
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The midpoint was perfect. Around the 25% mark, the plot was a little difficult to understand, but it cleared up near the midpoint, and I enjoyed how the writer managed to change the female protagonist's attitude towards the male lead.
Lorelei Frank
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow read

Started out a bit slow. Good story line and likeable characters. Tara was as little to confusing with her issues. I will go on to the next book.
Tracy Zullo
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quiet romance - feels like an older one 3.5 stars
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
Moving to a small town, Julia hopes to hide from her past and her future. Instead, she finds that warmth and friendship are never far away, and that starting over isn't always bad. This is a heartwarming tale of change, struggle, and finding yourself.
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