Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hometown Girl by Michele Ashman Bell - Book Review

Have you ever wished you would inherit a house from a relative so you could move far away and start a new life? I think it's only natural every once in a while to wish for a "do over". In Michele Ashman Bell's latest novel, Hometown Girl, Jocelyn Rogers is given this opportunity. Here's the back liner of the book.

Jocelyn Rogers's life is in a rut. Maybe she should step outside her comfort zone and move to Milford Falls, where she has inherited her grandmother's house. With the encouragement of the other Butterfly Girls, Jocelyn musters her courage and starts a new life.

However, when she arrives in the small town that holds both good and bad memories for her, she discovers the house in worse shape than she expected, and getting repairs done is anything but easy--especially when it comes to dealing with Jack Emerson, a man who seems to be agitated by Jocelyn and everyone else within a fifty-mile radius. 

To make matters worse, she has begun to worry that moving back to the place where she once spent a troubled summer will expose the deep personal secret she has kept hidden for fourteen years. But Jack also has a hidden secret that has prevented him from getting close to anyone in a long time. And now it seems that interfering neighbors may prevent both Jack and Jocelyn from moving forward with their lives.

Join the Butterfly Girls in this charmingly romantic story that shows sometimes it takes a leap of faith to land on your feet.

If you're looking for a clean romance that shows a strong woman guided by faith to make a new life and also find love along the way, this is the book for you. Of course, everything isn't roses for Jocelyn in her quest to start afresh. First she gets not one but two tickets in her new hometown, then the house she inherits is a money pit that needs the plumbing redone and walls painted and then to top it off...yep, she has car trouble. Have you ever had days like that? I know I have. Or at least they were very close. I thought Jocelyn's character was very well thought out. She is layered with emotions: doubt, love, fear, and a secret from her past. What pulls her through is her faith.

Jack Emerson--the hero who saves her from birds, sees her soaking wet in Hello Kitty pajamas, and yet keeps coming around--is the quiet, strong, man-of-few-words type...in other words a hunk. He, too, has a secret past and it isn't what you expect.

Hometown Girl is the second book in Bell's Butterfly Box series. I didn't read the first book. Did that bother me? A little because I was curious about the other girls involved with the butterfly box, which isn't a bad thing.

I highly recommend Hometown Girl because Jocelyn has an inner strength I very much admire.

Michele Ashman Bell is having a contest. She's giving away a $50. Visa gift card chosen from entries on her site. So head over to her place by clicking here.

(I bought a copy of this book and reviewed it because I liked it.)


  1. Nice review, Kathi! I often dream of running away. LOL...(especially when the skies threaten rain)

  2. Sharon,
    I'm glad you liked the review. I know what you mean. Too many rainy days lately. :)

  3. I wonder what all those secrets are about? I guess I better read it to find out!

  4. Laura,
    Don't you just love a book that has a lot of secrets? Michele has done a great job revealing the truth at just the right time.

  5. Thanks for the review Kathy. It sounds interesting. I love finding new author's to read.

  6. Glynis,
    I think you'd enjoy this book. Thanks for stopping by. :)



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