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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hometown Girl - Giveaway and Review

Brooke Madison Bowers needs a fresh start on her life, not just on her professional life but also in her love life as well. Being a widow for over two years now since her husband was killed in Iraq, she faces the challenges of learning to let go of her fears and embrace the opportunities that will come her way in the small town of St. Dennis, Maryland.

Living with her brother Clay and her young son, Logan on the family farm, Brooke is already begin to take on new challenges. She is a wonderful and talented baker whose cupcakes are becoming a town must have and favorite craving. Uniting with some of her friends, Steffie, the owner of One Scoop or Two, the local ice cream shop, she begins to offer her cupcakes for sale. If all goes well, she hopes to open her own shop, called simply enough, Cupcakes!

Now if she can just get her love life in order and eliminate the fear of just dating the local men one time. Once she dates them the first time, it also becomes the last. Seems like old memories of her husband keep her from moving forward and finding true love once again. Lucky for her, her brother sees what is happening and when her lawyer, Jesse Enright, begins to show interest, Clay teaches him what it will take to win his sisters heart. If only Jesse will have the patience to win her heart and love by waiting for Brooke to make the first move.

Set in the fall in a small ocean side town of St. Dennis, Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart, takes the reader into a cozy and quaint town where small town gathering, warm friendships and weddings are in the future. If you have ever dreamed of living in a small town where friendship and community abound, then this is a delightful book for you to savor and enjoy the fall and winter months ahead sitting beside a crackling fire!

I received Hometown Girl compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and have read every single book in The Chesapeake Diaries series, this being book number 4! This entire series is wonderfully written from a classic seaside romance perspective in which there is such love and warmth by all the colorful characters that Mariah in introduces the reader to, from the quirky and spunky old lady, Grace who runs the local paper, to the fun-loving and creative Steffie, who runs Scoop the local ice cream shop and is always dreaming up the most incredible flavors of ice cream. I highly recommend this series to anyone from young adult and up. The material contains nothing objectionable and is truly one of the best romance series I've read! This is why, I award this book a 5 out of 5 stars. It's a perfect stand alone for readers just picking this one up, but after you read it, you'll want the rest! This book is available in paperback and ebook formats at your local retailer!

For more information on this book, the author, read an excerpt, and where to pick up your copy today, please click on the links below:

Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart

You can also follow Mariah on Facebook by clicking here.

Thanks to the generous folks at TLC Book Tours, they are providing a giveaway copy to one lucky reader of this blog. Here are your guidelines for entering:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Like my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart by clicking here.

3. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

4. I need an email address to contact you if you're the lucky winner, so please be sure to include one with your comment. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols. Leave me a comment and tell me why you'd be interested in this giveaway.

The giveaway will end on Oct 13th and I will notify the winner by email at that time.

If you're looking for more reviews on this amazing book, click here and follow the tour!


  1. This is set in our current time period and shows the struggles of trying to restart your life after the devastation war can bring to a family.

    Thank you for hosting the giveaway.


  2. It is rare to find a good romance that doesn't have objectionable content - yay!

    Thank for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

  3. I like to read about families coming together after a tragedy. I like to see brothers and sisters stand together I also like to see the eldery written in a positive light.I have been a Mariah Stewart fan for a while..what an awesome review and contest...thanks!


  4. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  5. I love small town stories.
    I like on FB and am a email subscriber to

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  6. I love your books please enter me into your giveaway-
    Ia m a follower on FB and email subscriber

  7. I am a GFC follower

    I would love to read this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  8. Hi,

    I found you on Book Blogs and came to be a follower because I really wanted this book.

    Unfortunately I live in Australia so can't enter. :(

    I've still become a follower anyway because I love your blog!

    Please check mine out when you get a chance.

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  9. Google Friends Connect - following you publicly as (Louis)

    I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  10. I'm visiting today...lots of great giveaways thanks lisapeters at yahoo dot com I follow GFC Lisa thanks you

  11. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

    I follow both your blog and your FB site (Sheila Korman)!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  12. I love this author! Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC follower: Lisa Garrett
    FB fan: Lisa Holmes Garrett

  13. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy!

    I follow on GFC.

    Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  14. I follow and "like" on facebook.
    Also, we posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

    inspiredbyfiction at gmail dot com

  15. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

    GFC Follower
    Email subscriber
    Facebook Follower Mariah Stewart

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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