Small Town Girl (Rosey Corner, Book 2) by Ann Gabhart (5 Stars)

It Feels Like I’m Back Home


Small Town Girl (Rosey Corner, Book 2) by Ann Gabhart (Revell)

It’s been five long years since we’ve been in Rosey Corner.  Kate is now 20 years old and just as free spirited and spunky as ever. Lorena Birdsong is just as sweet as ever and still saying her whole name every night!  Kate’s older sister, Evie, is getting married to preacher Mike…the one Kate has had a crush on since he first preached in Rosey Corner Church.  And her younger sister has a beau too.  Kate has been friends with Carl forever, but does he think the relationship is more than Kate thinks it is?  Things begin to get heated around town when Mike’s best friend from childhood, Jay Tanner, comes to town to be Mike’s best man at the wedding.  He’s a free spirit just like Kate and rather spunky himself.  They begin a friendship that is full of fun and hardships, learning to trust themselves and each other.

Jay has never had a real family and he had no intention of staying in Rosey Corner’s any longer than it took to stand up for Mike at his wedding and then taking off his suit and getting back on the road.  But something about that place and the people began tugging on his heart.  Or was it God using those folks to help reach Jay?  Graham and Poe are still around, along with Graham’s sister Fern.  The whole crew is there, with the exception of Grandfather Merritt and what little we learn about him makes me want to know much more.

It’s 1941, coming up on December 7th and the bottom falls out for everyone.  Pearl Harbor has been attacked and that means lives lost and loved ones will be leaving.  Will  they leave with their heart full of love or will they leave heartbroken?  God’s still working in the lives of those who live in Rosey Corner and when God works on a person, they may as well just go ahead and give in.  Being in a relationship with God is the best relationship to be in and some people find that out the easy way and some the hard way.  But either way, you end up full of peace and find your true family.

If you haven’t read the first book, Angel Sister, you’ll have to read it first.  Then hurry and get this book and sit back in your best reading chair, a cup of tea, a few cookies and enjoy the ride!

This book was like coming back home, seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and finding out surprising information about some you didn’t particularly like!  When I read, Angel Sister, I had no idea that there would be a sequel, so I was sad to see it end.  Reading Small Town Girl was like an unexpected Christmas gift! I’m hoping for another unexpected gift…Book 3!!!!!

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This book releases on August 20th…tomorrow, and I have it on order for our Media Center.  Hopefully, we’ll get it within a week.  Our Women’s Book Club read, Angel Sister, so I know all of them will be wanting to read this sequel, so go ahead and come in the Media Center and put your name on the waiting list.

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann Gabhart was our first “Featured Author” in June and you can look up that post to read her interview and her bio.  She is a wonderful lady that has done so much for us, a telephone conference call with our Book Club, this interview and book giveaway, and she loves us so much she offered to come back to be a featured author again in November!  She has a new book coming out in October and we’ll be giving it away and doing a little bit different interview with her, since it’s around the holidays, we’ll have some fun questions for her.  So, make sure you come back and visit with Ann on November 1, 2013.  Of course, feel free to visit us as many times as you want before that! 🙂



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9 responses to “Small Town Girl (Rosey Corner, Book 2) by Ann Gabhart (5 Stars)

  1. This was a really sweet, tender book. I liked the characters and thought the progression was realistic.

    • It was a really sweet book, wasn’t it. Do you think there should be or will be a sequel?

      • I’d love a sequel, but am not sure who it’d be about since the one sister was married. Perhaps the younger daughter? I forgot about her – though I don’t know why since she was a great part of the book. 🙂

        • I think we need closure for Lorena Birdsong, don’t you? And I would love for Grandfather Merritt to come back and make peace with his family. But I guess every book has to end, there’s always unresolved things and we can just use our imaginations to fill in the blanks.

          • Definitely. I think Lorena could use her own story. She was a sweet character and one that SHOULD have her own book. In reality she plays a pivotal role in both of Ann’s novels far as I know – ‘Angel Sister’ and this new book.

            • I think we need to start a campaign for another book and let Ann know! She may be thinking the same thing, I just hope she doesn’t wait so long between books. I personally wish authors would write the entire series and then publish them all at once. That way I can just read one right after the other! I’m getting older and my brain doesn’t remember like it used to. Sometimes I have to go back and read the first book to refresh my memory! But…since I can’t remember much, it’s like reading it for the first time again and who doesn’t want to read a great book again! 🙂

              • “I personally wish authors would write the entire series and then publish them all at once.”

                AMEN! Let’s get this^ petition going. 😉

                Since the Rosy Corner novels have been so popular, I think Ann may write another one. I forget about the grandfather and I think Lorena may be the girl to bring this family back together!

  2. Small Town Girl is our January book club selection. Can’t wait to discuss this book!

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