Book Reviews of Small Town Girl

Small Town Girl
Small Town Girl
Author: LaVyrle Spencer
ISBN-13: 9780399142499
ISBN-10: 0399142495
Publication Date: 1/27/1997
Pages: 364
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 70 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
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If you love LaVyrle Spencer books, then you'll enjoy this one. Love story about a country singer who goes back home to her roots and falls in love with the man who she spurned when she was a teenager. I loved this book... very heart touching and warm.
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This is a great story. I really enjoyed the characters. Fun book to read.
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This is an excellent book-one of LaVeryle Spencers' better books. It is fun to see the romance evolving and how Casey gets a huge boost in her career by beeing a back up singer/song writer for Mac
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Tess McPhail is one of country music's brightest lights and millionairess many times over, whose career is her life--until her sisters insist she come home after 18 years to help care for their widowed mother.
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Eighteen years ago, a young and hopeful Tess McPhail left her tiny hometown of Wintergreen, Missouri, for the bright lights of Nashville and she never once looked back. Now considered to be one of country music's brightest stars, "Mac" McPhail is a millionairess many times over, whose career is her life. At thirty-five years old, Mac has no time for marriage, children, or kinfolk - until her sisters insist that she finally come home to help care for their widowed mother, Mary.

Assuming that staying in Wintergreen for the next month will be merely dreary, Mac is totally unprepared for what awaits her. After almost two decades spent basking in the public's adoration of her, she is suddenly an inconspicuous, almost inconsequential person - insulted by her jealous older sister, enraged by her intractable mother, and ignored by Kenny Kronek, the next-door neighbor she mercilessly taunted all through high school. Now a handsome divorcé who dotes upon his teenage daughter, Casey, Kenny is widely respected in the community. And he seems downright indifferent towards Mac, refusing to even give her the time of day.

Once she discovers Casey is a promising country music talent, Mac assumes the role of singing mentor for the girl. She gradually becomes an integral part of life in Wintergreen, and the feigned indifference between Mac and Kenny soon turns from playful bickering to sudden passion. By month's end, Mac McPhail is a completely changed woman; she has not only grown to treasure the priceless solidarity of family and community, but also opened up her heart to love.

Yet what was possible in the small town of Wintergreen, appears to be nothing more than a naive fantasy back in Nashville. Under Nashville's bright and harsh stage lights - in the realm of super stardom - is there room for caring and commitment; or is a woman who is worshipped by millions destined to always be alone?

While I certainly enjoyed reading this book, the story was somewhat predictable to me in places. I appreciated that it was an easy read, and it was definitely well-written. However, I must admit that this wasn't my absolute favorite book by LaVyrle Spencer. I give this book a B+!
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She embraced fame but embraced love.....America's most adored storyteller chronicles the passionate awakening of a country music megastar in her unforgettable new novel.
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One of my two favorites from this author.
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This was one of those books I hated to put down and was disappointed when it ended.