Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book Tour: His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock

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Welcome to my Book Tour stop for
His Hometown Girl

His Hometown GirlHis Hometown Girl
by Karen Rock
Mass Market Paperback, Large Print, 331 pages
March 1st 2014 by Harlequin

He'd always managed to best her…

Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he's not playing fair.

Facing off against Daniel is the last thing Jodi wants. The attraction that's always fueled their competitiveness is as strong as ever and just as distracting. But with both their futures on the line, and years of distrust between them, how can they ever be on the same side?

The cover of this book really pulled me in. Who doesn't want to read about adults rekindling their high school romance in a strawberry patch? I was all over the idea. But as soon as I began reading His Hometown Girl I realized this story went much deeper than a cutesy country love story. I honestly didn't see it coming, but I should have, knowing how amazing and deep Karen's past books have been.

I was moved by Jodi's struggle to be a better mom to her autistic son. My identical twin sons were diagnosed with ADHD last year. Before their diagnosis I was really hard on both them and myself because I tried so hard to force them into the mold society expected them to fit into. The result was a boatload of frustration and tears.

There were multiple instances throughout the book as I read Jodi's reaction to her son's behavior that had me nodding my head. Her pain was incredibly palpable, especially since I've been there. Karen captured Jodi's feelings of inadequacy realistically with intense clarity.

Daniel was a breath of fresh air. As I gained more insight to his character I grew to understand how much Jodi needed him. He was a rock of stability and common sense. Jodi was flailing, and he steadied her, despite their competitive nature. I especially enjoyed that aspect of the story. It was deliciously fun to watch the unspoken chemistry and long-buried feelings they were both trying to deny/hide.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a clean romance about old love rekindling.

Karen Rock has adored romance since receiving Harlequin Presents books from her grandmother each summer. She formed her Young Adult writing partnership, J.K. Rock- pseudonym for the CAMP BOYFRIEND series, with her sister-in-law and Blaze author, Joanne Rock in 2011. When Karen heard of a call for submissions to Heartwarming, Harlequin’s latest line, she was inspired by the possibilities of writing unforgettable, deeply romantic, tender love stories that mothers would feel comfortable sharing with their daughters. When she’s not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, hiking the ‘high peaks’, and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. 

For more information about Karen's upcoming books, check out her website, Facebook page, or follow her on twitter. She’d love to hear from you!

Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize: Hand-stitched, authentic Amish quilt (uses their overlapping heart-stitching- pattern), with matching dust ruffle for a king-sized bed, signed copies of Wish Me Tomorrow & Camp Boyfriend, and some surprise swag (US Only)
1 - Paperback/ebook copies of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (format is winner's choice, paperback for US Only) and $20 Amazon gift card
2 - ebooks of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (INT)

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