by Kathryn Springer

March 2006
ISBN: 0-373-78558-5
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Elise Penny has always hated Prichett. Her mother forced her to move there with the family when she was only twelve, and ever since Elise has dreamed of returning home to Chicago and making something of herself. When she won the Prichett beauty pageant as a high school graduate, she also won a husband. Sam Penny was waiting to propose as soon as she descended the steps.

Now Eliseís daughter, Bree, is a high school graduate, and Elise doesnít want Bree to be stuck in Prichett forever. Bree has been accepted at a University to major in pre-vet and Elise is so least until Riley Cabbott starts paying attention to Bree. Now Bree isnít so sure about going to University.

Elise sees her daughter's chance to escape Prichett going down the drain and she is determined to do anything to get Bree out of town. But someone in Prichett has nominated Elise to be in the Proverbs 31 pageant and Elise is as determined not to be in the competition as the community is to see Elise win. Will God teach Elise something about herself and her town? Or will she push everyone, including God, away?

Front Porch Princess is a fun story about life in small town America. I could relate to Elise even though I donít share her aversion to small town life. I understood her frustration of being the center of attention in town and wondering when someone would have a baby and thus remove Elise from the headlines. The faith message is expertly woven in without being preachy.

I thoroughly enjoyed Front Porch Princess and canít wait for the next book in the series coming in 2007. I highly recommend Front Porch Princess as a fantastic read.

Reviewed in March 2006 by Laura.

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