In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner.
The town practically vibrates in anticipation, as if it is holding its
breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged
sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she
was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of
Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can’t draw her interest.
Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything. Kate’s friends are
rushing to get married before the boys go off to war. The newspapers
talk of women making airplanes and bombs. Everyone in town begins
rolling bandages, planting victory gardens, collecting scrap metal. Kate
finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways, and when he enlists she
can hardly breathe worrying about him getting killed. Could she truly be
in love with him? And if she is, will she ever see him again?
In her gentle and textured style, Ann Gabhart tells a timeless story
of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip the heart and stir the
spirit. Fans of Angel Sister will be thrilled to see Kate Merritt all grown up. New readers will find that Ann Gabhart weaves in Small Town Girl a beautiful story that will touch their hearts and win their loyalty.