Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart is a gripping love story set in, as you might assume from the title, a small American town during the early days of World War II. While it probably would be considered a romance novel, the story had a little more depth to it than your typical romance. I loved the characters and found the plot to be engaging and believable. Here’s the publisher’s synopsis:
In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town waits in anticipation as if 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 handsome best man Jay Tanner 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 rolling bandages, planting victory gardens and collecting scrap metal. Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways, and when he enlists she can hardly breathe worrying about him getting killed. Could she truly be in love with him? And if she is, will she ever see him again?
Thank you to Revell for providing me with a review copy.