I’ve enjoyed all the books Alys Murray that I’ve read, so it was natural that I wanted to read Small Town Secrets. Happy to report I was not disappointed at all!
Small Town Secrets
“Young women needed for the Fortune Springs Town Improvement Initiative. One year’s room and board provided.”
I should have known it was too good to be true when I first saw the ad. It turns out that Fortune Springs, Colorado isn’t just a one-horse town, it’s a two-woman one, and this is their attempt to keep the community alive. I want to say the scheme is ridiculous, totally outdated, but I’m carrying everything I own in my canvas backpack and the greyhound I stepped off this morning is long gone. If this is my chance at a fresh start, I’d better grab it with both hands.
I know I should feel guilty about pretending to be a lonely heart willing to help repopulate this rural logging town, but all I feel is relief at having escaped the apartment in Savannah. And after all, what’s one more secret to add to the pile? I only hope I’ve hidden my tracks well enough, and that the kind Fortune Springs locals who’ve opened their doors to me will never find out what made me run away in the first place…
An emotional, gripping story full of family drama. Fans of Carolyn Brown, Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber will be hooked.
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I thought of all the romance novels I had read about the mail-order brides that went out to the Wild West, when there was a shortage of women. But while the premise about the need for women in Fortune Springs Town is similar, there was no one bride for one prospective groom.
27-year-old Virginia Bessel has other plans though. She wants to use this opportunity to escape her present life. As soon as the year is up, she plans to move to California with a nest egg. What she didn’t bargain for were the lovely people of Fortune Springs who made her feel so welcomed and accepted.
As with all of Alys’ books, the characters are so endearing. She also has a gift of creating the feeling of family and warm community that make her stories uplifting and heartwarming.
I absolutely loved Small Town Secrets and would recommend it as a quick paced and feel-good read.
Alys Murray is an author who writes for the romantic in all of us. Though she graduated with a degree in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master’s in Film Studies from King’s College London, her irrepressible love of romance led her to a career as an author, and she couldn’t be happier to write these stories! Currently splitting time between her home state of Louisiana and London, she enjoys kissing books, Star Wars, and creating original pie recipes for all of her books. Tobey Maguire is her Spider-Man.
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Thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.