“Realistic to the era, this is a tender love story between a young woman adored by her community, and the charming and seemingly carefree outsider, who has no intention of putting down roots. Kate and Jay are fabulous characters, each with their own strengths and insecurities, whose journey from attraction to affection and then to love is moving, intriguing, and simply lovely!” (Relz Reviews)
Revisit the beloved characters from Angel Sister.
In the small town of Rosey Corner during 1941, a small town girl dreams of love in the midst of trying times. Kate Merritt worries love’s passing her by until Jay Tanner shows up to charm her hesitant heart. In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The Angel Sister town practically vibrates in anticipation, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can’t draw her interest.
Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything. Kate’s friends are rushing to get married before the boys go off to war. The newspapers talk of women making airplanes and bombs. Everyone in town begins to do whatever they can to support the war effort. When Jay decides to stick around Rosey Corner, Kate finds herself drawn to him in surprising ways. Could she truly be in love with him? But even if she is, can she trust him? And can she keep her heart from breaking after he enlists and she wonders if she will ever see him again?
Small Town Girl is a timeless story of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip the heart and stir the spirit. Fans of Angel Sister will be thrilled to see Kate Merritt all grown up. New readers will love getting to know Rosey Corner and the Merritt family.
“Gabhart plants enough roadblocks to make the story interesting. In dealing with Jay’s spirituality, she raises legitimate issues of faith and shows understanding of those who do not easily accept a Christian religious message. And while Kate is the undisputed protagonist, young Lorena Birdsong, an abandoned child unofficially adopted by the Merritts, certainly has her share of scene-stealing moments.” – (Publishers Weekly)