Monday, November 14, 2011

Book tour & Giveaway for Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart

Hometown Girl
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
 ISBN13: 9780345531216
Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 27, 2011)

From the publisher:

Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis, and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she’s determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She’s equally determined never to fall in love again.

For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he’s spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he’s moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice, and he’s ready to find the right girl, get married, and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke’s resolve to go her way alone—despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?

My Thoughts:  Ahhhh, it's like coming home again and reconnecting with old friends and getting to know some new ones better.  In this story, we get to see Brooke and Jessee start a relationship and watch as the two slowly fall for each other. I love the way Ms. Stewart develops her characters and their relationships so realistically. With each book  we get to see one couple as the star of the show, so to speak with, the characters from the preceding book weaving in and around the main characters' lives. It's just like real life; families with their ups and downs, joys and sorrows and credible feelings.

Both Jesse and Brooke have some issues to work out; Brooke is still feeling afraid to trust her heart again after the pain of losing her beloved husband and Jessee is afraid he will turn out like his father even though he is nothing like him. With the help of each other, this couple should be able to live life full on for a very long time to come and I want to be there to witness it.

Even though a happily ever after is almost a guarantee in her stories, Ms.Stewart captivates the  reader along the journey. The little town of St. Dennis on the Chesapeake is almost a character in itself with caring residents and long time traditions being carried out. Along with the plot this small town atmosphere is very appealing to me.

I've read and thoroughly enjoyed the first three in this series and the latest, Hometown Girl is just as fresh and delightful as the first three. Last year I read and reviewed Coming Home the first book in the series, and Home Again, the second book. In May I reviewed Almost Home, the third book in the series.  If you visit Mariah's web site and click on books, you can read excerpts from the first two.

Hometown Girl is book # 4 in The Chesapeake Diaries series. Any of these books can be read as a stand alone, but in my opinion, it's best to start from the first one to see how all the relationships develop besides, you don't want to miss out on some truly wonderful stories. 4****

About Mariah Stewart: Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and enjoys country life. She is currently working on the next book in her bestselling Chesapeake Diaries series.

Connect with Mariah on her website or on Facebook.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by TLC tours and Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Thanks to the generosity of Ballantine Books I am able to give away one copy of Hometown Girl. Open to US & Canada. Be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment. Deadline to enter: Nov 24th at 5 PM (est).

Bonus entries are available as follows.

+2 for being a follower, old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
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If you cannot comment you can still enter by sending me an e mail with Win Hometown Girl in the subject line. Include your name and e mail and send to florida982002[at]

Good luck!


  1. Great sounding book!

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  2. Sounds awesome :) Mariah Stewart is always wonderful.

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  3. You always find the prettiest book covers! I want this one.

  4. Please count me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +2 I follow on GFC

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  5. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm an old follower.


  6. I think this one sounds wonderful, and am going to search out the first in this series for a quiet and rainy day. Thanks for the wonderful review on this one. I am so glad you loved it and the series continues to impress!

  7. This sounds like a magical book. I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. kathy(at)

  8. I love this series too. I like everything you said in your "My Thoughts" section. The author really does have a way of making the reader feel as if she's right there in St. Dennis and in and out of everyone's life. I'm glad we're together in loving these books.

  9. All of Mariah Stewart books sounds great. I think it's time I read one of them. Thank you for the chance.

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  10. I can not start another series...I can not I tell YA!! ;-)

  11. If it's like coming home then I will LOVE this series! Don't enter me because I won this one already!

  12. Is it just me or do a large number of these type of books have cupcake bakery owners as the heroines?

  13. Great review! I'd love to read it.
    +2 GFC follower

  14. HometownGirl sounds like an interesting read!!!
    thank you for this giveaway!!

    +2 GFC follower: cyn209


  15. A timely subject! Will have to put this series on my wish list.
    +2 GFC follower as Karen B.


  16. Sounds like a great book

    GFC follower

  17. Sorry I forgot my email


  18. It sounds wonderful, and like a book I would surely enjoy. Who wouldn't?

  19. I like the idea of coming home to a a good story! Thanks for the chance to win!

    +2 I am a GFC follower.


  20. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds good!
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

    +2 GFC follower

  21. The storyline of this book sounds really good.
    I follow by google reader as Marjorie/cenya2.
    Thanks for the chance to win a great read.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  22. great review. looks like a fun series. thanks for the giveaway ;)

    +2 I follow w/ GFC

    +3 here's my tweet:!/chickitsarita/status/138316443753254913

  23. thanks for the chance to read this great mystery :)

    i'm a follower, too

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  24. I haven't read any of her books and this one sounds so good!


    2. I follow on GFC (mamie316)

  25. The cover is so stunning. I love Mariah Stewart books.

    +2 old follower pbclark


  26. +2 for being GFC follower (griperang)
    +3 for blogging giveaway

    Thanks for the chance to win

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  27. Thanks for being on the tour!


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