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5 stars for Hometown by @StetsonRiches #amishromance #sweetromance #wholesome #bookreview
Author: Wendy Rich Stetson
Genre: Sweet and Clean Romance, Amish Romance
When Tessa's big-city plans take the A Train to disaster, she lands in her sleepy hometown, smack in the middle of the most unlikely love triangle ever to hit Pennsylvania's Amish Country.
Hot-shot Dr. Richard Bruce is bound to Green Ridge by loyalty that runs deep. Deeper still is Jonas Rishel's tie to the land and his family's Amish community. Behind the wheel of a 1979 camper van, Tessa idles at a fork in the road. Will she cruise the superhighway to the future? Or take a slow trot to the past and a mysterious society she never dreamed she'd glimpse from the inside?
Tessa is back in her hometown before fulfilling her dream, but her future is called into question when she meets a handsome Amish man and a young doctor. Tessa is house-sitting for her parents when she meets Jonas Rishel and his family at the local farmers market. She’s attracted to him, and curiosity about the Amish community propels her to continue interacting with him. She discovers he’s a widow but very much available. Tessa’s heart does a double flip when she meets sexy Dr. Richard Bruce at a charity function. He pursues her and she wonders what to do. Her heart is torn between city or country, future or past, doctor or Amish farmer. Once she makes her choice, she knows she can’t help but hurt the other man. One disastrous night will unravel not only Tessa’s life choices but the man she loves. Can Tessa find peace and harmony with the man she loves or is she chasing a dream?
Hometown is a heartwarming, emotional story about finding your path, following your heart and falling in love. The theme of small town versus big city plays a big role in Hometown, as does discovering where you want to be in life. What you thought you wanted may not be where you end up. What makes Hometown such a fantastic reading experience is the descriptive narration. Every emotion, every moment, every encounter is brilliantly described so that the characters and the story come alive. I connected with Tessa right away and I kept rooting for her to take the leap. Of what, I can’t disclose. You’ll have to read it for yourself to see what I mean. The love triangle was cleverly executed, and I kept wondering which man Tessa would choose. The writing on the Amish community was so well done, I immersed myself directly into the story. There are plenty of conflicts in Hometown’s plot but all were realistic and kept me whipping through the pages. Wendy Rich Stetson is a gifted writer and I look forward to reading more from her. If you love Amish romance, this is a must-read. If you enjoy wholesome romance, you’ll love Hometown. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Wendy Rich Stetson is a New York City girl who still considers the Central Pennsylvania countryside to be her home. She grew up road tripping in a 1979 VW camper van, and she keeps a running list of favorite roadside attractions from coast to coast. Now an author of sweet, small-town romance, Wendy is no stranger to storytelling. She’s a Broadway and television actress, an audiobook narrator, and a mom who likes nothing more than collaborating on children’s books with her teenage artist daughter. Wendy lives in Upper Manhattan with her family of three and rambunctious Maine Coon kitty. Follow Wendy’s journey at www.wendyrichstetson.com
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N