Review & Giveaway: His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock

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?

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

It is on like Donkey King! Jodi and Daniel will fight for what they want and need. Jodi has to go back to her hometown in Virginia to convince the local farmers to sell their farm. If she succeeds she will get a promotion and a big bonus. That is money she needs to get her autistic son into the best school.

Meanwhile Daniel, her childhood rival and the one that got away, is going against her and trying to convince the farmers to buy into his co-op plan. They are bot pulling out the big guns and giving it their all to succeed.

When that much tension is flying around, it's not long before the sparks between these two are back. Jodi and Daniel are given the opportunity for a second chance, to undo the past and make things right. Still it is not as easy as it seems. They both have changed a lot in the past ten years and at first it seems they both want different things in life. It will not be easy, but definitely worth it. 

There are a lot of issues touched in this novel, among them Autism and Parkinson. I think Karen rock did a wonderful job with these and it feels very authentic. For example the parts where her son is a bit out of control in public and there are people (thinking about) complaining that she should control her child. This is something everyone has done at least once, myself included, and this shows us we sometimes have to look a bit closer before we judge someone.

I really feel for Jodi, it has not been easy since they've discovered her son is autistic. She has been raising him on her own and there are times where she just seems lost. You hope things will work out for them. The struggle and judgement she has to go through is heartbreaking.

I also loved how Daniel handled those situation. He was very accepting of her son and most importantly didn't see that need for him to be something else, to be better. Daniel just went along with whatever was happening.

His hometown girl was written very smoothly and is an easy clean read. There is plenty of drama and also fun times to keep it interesting. A sweet heartfelt story, perfect for lazy sunday reading.

The Author
Since Karen Rock’s grandmother passed her shopping bagfuls of Harlequin Presents as a teen, it’s been her dream to add her voice to the Romance genre. Now an author of YA contemporary romance, such as the CAMP BOYFRIEND series and Adult contemporary romance for Harlequin’s latest contemporary line, Heartwarming, Karen is thrilled to pen wholesome, tender, deeply romantic stories that all can relate to. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys watching anything starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, cooking her Nona’s family Italian recipes, and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter and two King Charles Cavalier cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch,” though they know a lot about love.

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Grand Prize: Hand-stitched, authentic Amish quilt (uses their overlapping heart-stitching- pattern), with matching dust ruffle for a king-sized bed, signed copies of Wish Me Tomorrow & Camp Boyfriend, and some surprise swag (US Only)
1 - Paperback/ebook copies of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (format is winner's choice, paperback for US Only) and $20 Amazon gift card
2 - ebooks of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (INT)

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