Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Waterfall Press
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
About the Book:
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 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?
Courtney Walsh is an author that I don’t even need to know what the book is about because I already know I’m going to enjoy it. So to be honest, I had no idea what the author had in store for us when I first picked up a copy of Hometown Girl. The cover immediately drew me in because I thought those yellow polka dots boots were the cutest and I wanted a pair for myself. Let me just say, Mrs. Walsh does not disappoint.
Here we have yet another small town, Willow Grove, where the characters become like friends and family. Fairwind, the farm where a good majority of the book takes place, immediately becomes home. Beth and her sister are working tirelessly to rebuild the town’s favorite small town farm that once had a farmer’s market, a petting zoo, an apple orchard where families could come pick apples in the fall, and a bunch of other fun activities to do in the fall. Despite already being skeptical in the beginning, the two run into many problems that test their patience and persistence.
Then there’s the mystery within the novel. This will tug at the heartstrings because there is so much unsolved. It doesn’t help that the mysterious hot guy who comes around that no one seems to know. The characters go through raw and realistic trials and are challenged to surrender them to the Lord. It’s a story that shows that we don’t have to be perfect to earn God’s love and mercy. It’s a story where you’ll laugh, cry, and literally go through all of the emotions. It’s powerful and will stick with you long after the story is over.
If you haven’t already picked up your copy, I highly recommend this for your next fall read!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theater director, and playwright. Change of Heart is her fifth novel and is set in the same town as Paper Hearts. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio. They have three children.