Sunday 6 April 2014

Review ~ His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock.

Today I'm sharing my review for His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock, along with a great giveaway! To follow the rest of this tour, click the banner above to take you to the schedule.

Title: His Hometown Girl.
Author: Karen Rock.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Release Date: March 1, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; B&N ; eHarlequin

He'd always managed to best her…

Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he's not playing fair.

Facing off against Daniel is the last thing Jodi wants. The attraction that's always fueled their competitiveness is as strong as ever and just as distracting. But with both their futures on the line, and years of distrust between them, how can they ever be on the same side?


His Hometown Girl was an endearing book about Jodi, battling to provide care for her autistic son Tyler. Karen Rock seems to me to have thrown her heart and soul into this book, one I connected with emotionally and felt the heartache Jodi was suffering from.

The characters were written wonderfully. I really liked Jodi and how she would do absolutely anything for the good of her son. Of course, this would be the same as any good mother but I felt the relationship between Jodi and Tyler really tugged at the heartstrings. I could feel how much she loved him and the development in their lives was heartwarming. Daniel was a great character too – I couldn’t help but root for him and as for Tyler, he was a little star and his character was written brilliantly.

I really enjoyed the story in this book. It was more slow-burning than I had expected, as a lot of the book focused on the farm battle instead of the blossoming romance between Jodi and Daniel. As much as I probably would have preferred some more romance, I did like how the connection between them was developed slowly and more realistically.

His Hometown Girl was a great book and one that made me a bit weepy-eyed at times! Although I kind of knew where it was going, that didn’t make me enjoy it any less. Karen Rock wrote a lovely setting, strong characters and a beautifully endearing story.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

About the Author:

Karen Rock has adored romance since receiving Harlequin Presents books from her grandmother each summer. She formed her Young Adult writing partnership, J.K. Rock- pseudonym for the CAMP BOYFRIEND series, with her sister-in-law and Blaze author, Joanne Rock in 2011. When Karen heard of a call for submissions to Heartwarming, Harlequin’s latest line, she was inspired by the possibilities of writing unforgettable, deeply romantic, tender love stories that mothers would feel comfortable sharing with their daughters. Since then, her first Harlequin, WISH ME TOMORROW came out in September, 2013 and her next novel HIS HOMETOWN GIRL comes out in March, 2014 with three more releases expected this year.

When she’s not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, hiking the ‘high peaks’, and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love.

For more information about Karen's upcoming books, check out her website at, Facebook page at or follow her on Twitter at She’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Great Review! And thanks for being part of this blitz :).
    I thought there was a little to much focus on the farm battle and a bit too little on the romance, but I still enjoyed the book. And I loved the farm setting!

    1. Thanks Lola! :) I agree with you too but still really enjoyed the book.


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