Hometown Girl Forever
(Hometown Series Book 3)
by Kirsten Fullmer
Lizzie gave up her stressful job in Boston to embrace her love of all things country in Smithville PA. Her farm, a new job at the spa, and her pet alpacas are a dream come true, if only her meddling, matchmaking, socialite mother would back off.
Elliot, a successful architect from Washington, DC, designed the new spa, but he certainly hadn’t envisioned the exotic bohemian style manager or her intriguing, demanding mother. Small town antics and his interest in Lizzie extend his visit to Smithville, but will the allure of country life draw him in for good?
Once again, Smithville’s folk interfere with plans at every turn, forcing Lizzie and Elliot to face their personal dilemmas and each other, head on.
Reading this book takes me back to those days when there wasn’t social media yet, no smartphones to get addicted with, no hours upon hours of eye strain over touch screens and such. Hometown Girl Forever makes me feel younger again, away from the bustle and hustle of the city, and feel at home with nature and experience such tender loving care of country people.
I love how Lizzie decided to leave it all behind her and started something that made her happy, useful, content and fulfilled. I love her eccentricity and affiliation with weird, bizarre things. Having friends like Tara and Julia and the rest of the Spa girls in Smithville, PA was a real treat. But having her intrusive mother around was like a nightmare! I can’t believe how much of a meddlesome mother her Mom Beatrice was. I know it’s wrong to hate her because I myself am a mom too, always concerned and looking after the well being of my children. But Lizzie’s mom, she’s a little too much. A little terrible, too much nasty.
Elliot, on the other hand, surprised me with his cool demeanor as time passed by. Sure I was a little taken aback by his aloofness at the beginning, being a city corporate boy as he was. But when he met Lizzie, he yielded and eventually crumbled like a cookie, accepting and enjoying the simple things life had to offer.
This has truly been a fun, fascinating and charming read. Hometown Girl Forever is a part of a series but can be read as a standalone. It was easy to fall in love with all the characters and feel like you’d known them your whole life. From Elliot, to Justine, to Mr. Chatterton and the rambunctious kids on the bus and drama theater group, and yes, even the alpacas had me smiling. Kirsten Fullmer’s writing was riveting, she held my interest from beginning to end. This book is definitely something to read and ponder about!