Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A Perfect 10:

HIS HOMETOWN GIRL - Karen Rock 
A Perfect 10 
Harlequin Heartwarming 
ISBN-13: 978-0-263-24493-2 
March 2014 
Contemporary Series Romance 

Chicago, Illinois and Cedar Bay, Vermont – Present Day 

Jodie Chapman will do anything to protect her autistic son, Tyler.  She divorced her husband when he refused to accept Tyler's disability, and now she needs to find a way to finance Tyler's enrollment at a private school.  When the company Jodi works for offers her a huge bonus and a promotion, Jodi reluctantly accepts the position.  The money will get Tyler into Wonders Primary, but doing the job means going home to Vermont and facing her worst fears.  Jodi left Cedar Bay right after high school following an accident that disabled her father.  The accident was her fault and she ran.  She also ran from the love of her life, Daniel Gleason, after he told her he pitied her, rather than loved her.  Going home will be a mixed blessing and a curse: the blessing from being home again, and the curse from having to stand up against Daniel, as he will surely oppose the buy-out of Cedar Bay farms.  Jodie must acquire at least 5,000 acres of farmland to earn her bonus.  Daniel, however, plans to persuade the local farmers to join his co-op instead.  What follows is a battle of wills as Jodie and Daniel butt heads in opposition, yet surprisingly, work together to offer the best solution for the Cedar Bay farmers. 

Daniel has always loved Jodie, but it hurt him deeply when she left Cedar Bay without a word.  Now that she's back, he sees a polished professional shell covering the sweet farm girl she used to be.  Now, Jodie is only determined to get her old friends to sell their land, no matter what.  And Daniel is just as determined to stop her.  Meanwhile, all Jodie wants is to finish the acquisition and escape back to Chicago.  It's imperative that she succeed, even if deep in her heart she knows that Midland might not be the best solution for Cedar Bay farmers. 

HIS HOMETOWN GIRL is a wonderful, heartwarming story of lost love and new beginnings.  It also tells the story of a bright, autistic boy who finds an enchanting new world on the farm.  Jodie is first and foremost a mother to Tyler, and she will do whatever she can to help him…even if it means breaking her heart all over again over Daniel Gleason.  Daniel knows that Jodie belongs at home in Cedar Bay, but for some reason she only encourages their friends and neighbors to sell out to Midland's contract farming.  What follows is a story of determination and surprising fortitude, chock full of dynamic characters, and one lovable little boy. 

HIS HOMETOWN GIRL will tug at your heartstrings long after the pages are read.  This book is nothing less than A Perfect 10. 

Diana Risso

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