His Hometown Girl

Karen Rock
His Hometown Girl
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Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date
March 2014
Contemporary Romance

He'd always managed to best her...

Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he's not playing fair.

Facing off against Daniel is the last thing Jodi wants. The attraction that's always fueled their competitiveness is as strong as ever and just as distracting. But with both their futures on the line, and years of distrust between them, how can they ever be on the same side?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Mar 18, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
184 people found the following review helpful
As a mother, I was drawn to the description of this story. I was looking forward to reading a story that exemplifies the strength of a mother's love and indomitable will to seek a better life for her child. Amazingly, this story was that and so much more! HIS HOMETOWN GIRL is a story about the importance and meaning of home, community and family. Above all, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL exemplifies that love can heal all.

Jodi Chapman, the single mother of Tyler (a four-year old autistic boy), is determined to find a way to pay for a private school to help her son. She finds that opportunity when she is promised a promotion and bonus by her employer, a Chicago-based industrial farm conglomerate, if she can convince her former hometown neighbors to sell their farms to her employer. Jodi heads back to her Vermont hometown to complete her mission.

What she doesn't count on is Daniel Gleason, her former boyfriend and childhood rival, who rallies an opposite campaign to preserve the farming community through an organic co-op. Ten years ago, following a series of unfortunate events, Jodi had ran away from Daniel and her hometown, and had never previously looked back. Her return forces her to confront her feelings for Daniel and her hometown. But how does Tyler fit in, and can she afford to think about her happiness when Tyler is her top priority?

One of the hallmarks of an exceptionally talented writer is the ability to transport the reader to a previously unknown time or place. Ms. Rock is clearly such a gifted writer! While reading HIS HOMETOWN GIRL, I felt like I was sent on a vacation to a small farming town. No small feat for a lifelong city girl like myself! Moreover, not only did Ms. Rock do a magnificent job of detailing and describing farm life, she also made me feel the warmth and connection shared amongst the residents of small farming communities. The overwhelming sense of home, community and family, and most importantly love, memorialized in Ms. Rock's HIS HOMETOWN GIRL is so eloquently executed and heartwarming that it even made me cry at one crucial point in the novel.

I highly recommend HIS HOMETOWN GIRL to anyone who is looking for a heartwarming, uplifting story or anyone searching to define the true meaning of "home."
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