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Wow, it’s November! Plus a review of Hometown Girl

Happy November, my fellow readers. I woke up this morning and could not believe it was November already. And at work I kept writing the wrong date. October flew by. Yesterday, October 31, we had snow flurries in the air, but what can I say, I live in Michigan and you can except snow anytime. So, as the days get colder and darker, it is the time of the year for hot chocolate and reading curled up under a blanket. One more thing before I get to my review. Has anyone of you been hearing things about Thanksgiving and Christmas? Well, I have. It has been mentioned more that once at my house. My sisters and I are getting super excited about having everyone home for the holidays and shopping for Christmas presents.



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 that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again. Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago. Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm?

Hometown Girl

From the very moment I started this book, I knew I was going to like this book and I did. The cover was what originally caught my attention. Don’t you think it is a cute cover? Courtney Walsh is a good author, even though this is my second book that I have read by her. I am probably  going to go and pick up all of Walsh’s books and binge read.

Well, let’s talk about this book. It was an intriguing plot with a mystery, that kept me reading to till the end of the book. Each main/side character was interesting and well developed. Beth and Drew were great main characters. Both had their own and different stories.

I recommend this book. It was a good read, that I enjoyed very much.


Title: Hometown Girl

Author: Courtney Walsh

I received this book from Waterfall Press. 

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


Read my review of Just Look Up another book by Courtney Walsh.


Hurray for the Weekend

Hey Everyone,

It is finally the weekend  and it the first weekend in a while that I have not had to work on a Saturday. WeekendSo guess what I am doing? I am going to read and read and read. Well, I was just in my dream world. I am actually going to work around the house (houses, since we are building one right now, we have two houses to clean up), hang out with a few of my siblings and parents, do some homework for classes, and if I have a little time, then I will read.


What am I reading? I am reading a bunch of books right now. I am reading Deadly Proof  by Rachel Dylan, Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh, Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck, and The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. I have a bunch more books lying around if I get tired of those books.


If you have missed the past few days. I have added 7 more books to my Reading Resolution. I have 27 more books to go. I am almost done!


Have a Great Weekend!


By the way, Haley over at Cover to Cover and Everything in Between is hosting Caroline Leech and doing a giveaway for Wait for Me, Leech’s debut novel. If you are interested, check it out here: Interview with Caroline Leech ~ Plus a Giveaway. It ends in 24 hours.

Just Look Up

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home―a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work―something her eclectic family doesn’t understand. Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal. Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along―if only she’d just look up.

Just Look Up

I have seen Courtney Walsh books and have been intrigued by them but I have just not have the chance to read them, until now. Just Look Up is a well written story about forgiveness. Lane Kelley’s story was actually very sad. I got annoyed with her character a few times, then I kept reading and I understood why. Walsh did a excellent job with writing the emotions of the main characters and making them seem real. Ryan’s story, in my opinion, was lacking. I wish there was more about him and his life. It said he went into the Army but nothing about why he did. That is the only part in the story that I would say was lacking.

The whole setting of the story was fun. I have never been to Chicago but I do know about Michigan and small towns. So I liked that it was set in Michigan, even though it was a made up small tourist town that Walsh created.

The whole story plot is longer and took me a few days to read. So if you plan on reading this book, be prepared to take some time on this book.

I recommend this book as a good clean, contemporary story. I am hoping to see a book come out on Nate or Chloe, since I was intrigued with those two characters, but I guess we will have to wait and see what Courtney Walsh comes up with next!


Title: Just Look Up

Author: Courtney Walsh

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers/Tyndale Blog Network for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Also, I have on my “to read” list Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh.