Back cover: " 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?"
Hometown Girl is the fourth book in Mariah Stewart's Chesapeake Diaries series. I love the fictional little town of St. Dennis, Maryland in Chesapeake Bay and the characters that reside there. The series takes us back to the cozy little town from her murder mystery Last Words. (excellent story, part of the Lost series, and well worth reading as well.)
After losing her husband two years before, Brooke is working hard to be a good mom to her 8 year old son, finish her Bachelor's Degree and get her cupcake business off the ground. She's dated off and on since her husband died, but never one man more than once. Jessie has always liked her but never made a move. According to her brother Clay, if she's pursued, she'll walk away. Wait for her to ask him out. When she comes to him for help with her will, he arranges it so their meetings are during lunch time or dinner. He's prepared to be patient and win her over without scaring her off. We also get to see Dallas and Grant and Steffie and Wade finally marry. The book is perfect as a standalone, but you'll want to read the first three to really get the flavor of the characters and the quaint, cozy town of St. Dennis. Hopefully you'll end up loving them as much as I do. And be sure to check out Mariah Stewart's other books including Mercy Street and FBI Series.
Thank you to Lisa and TLC BookTour's for asking me to be a part of the tour, the publisher for providing a courtesy copy of the book and Mariah Stewart for writing another wonderful installment of the Chesapeake Diaries series. Check out what the rest of the folks on the tour had to say.
Read an Excerpt here