by Patricia Rice

February 2006
ISBN: 0-345-48260-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Flynn Clinton, better known as Flint, dreamt of attaining the big time. When he finally did it was not quite what he had imagined it would be. Worse, the fall from the top has hit him hard and he cannot quite imagine ever embracing the music world or anything to do with it again.

Joella Sanderson also had dreams of hitting the big time in the music world. She too thought she was going to make it big. She followed her dream by following her man, and both turned into a nightmare from which Joella is still somewhat hiding.

Now let us fast forward to the present. Flint is home again hoping to make a success of another venture, a small time coffee shop known as The Stardust Café. Before he settles down to what he considers the ideal father figure for his motherless sons, he has one last night out partying. He meets Joella, and while he has an itch he is more than willing to scratch something stops him.

When he again meets Joella, it is in his new coffee shop. She is not only his waitress, but his tenant as well. The sparks that were flying when they first meet continue to fly, and you will have to read for yourself to see if a fire ever ignites.

Ms. Rice wrote a story that at first I had some trouble getting involved in. However, after I read the first few pages I could not put down Small Town Girl. The town of Northfork, North Carolina suffers one set back after another to keep their economy moving, but the people of the town continue to pull together and their sense of community pride is uplifting. I would not mind reading more about the people of Northfork and how they brought life back to their floundering community.

This was my first read by Ms. Rice, and I can promise that it will not be my last.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Sandi.

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