ABOUT THE BOOK
Grace Klaren has finally made her dream of living in the Big Apple and working in the fashion industry a reality. But when she’s unexpectedly fired and can’t afford the next month’s rent, Grace does something she never thought she’d do: she moves back home.
Back in Silver Creek, Iowa, Grace is determined to hate it. She rails against the quiet of her small town, where everything closes early, where there’s no nightlife, where everyone knows each other. She’s saving her pennies and plotting her return to New York when she almost runs over a man who’s not paying attention at a crosswalk. It turns out to be Tucker, her high school sweetheart whose heart she broke when she left ten years ago. They reconnect, and Grace remembers why she fell for him in the first place.
And her career begins to turn around when she finds a gorgeous but tattered vintage dress at a flea market. She buys it, rips it apart seam by seam, and re-creates it with new fabric, updating the look with some of her own design ideas. She snaps a picture and lists the dress online, and within a day, it sells for nearly $200. Suddenly, Grace has her ticket out of here.
But Grace can’t fight her growing feelings for Tucker. Sometimes when they’re together, Tucker paints a picture of what their future could be like, and it feels so real. And when she finally gains the funding to move her new business back to New York, Grace must decide where home really is—will she chase her long-held New York dream, or find a new dream here in the heartland?
Grace Klaren can’t believe she is back in Iowa! She worked so hard in the fashion world and made her way to a new life in New York City and now it’s all gone. She started at the bottom of the fashion ladder and worked her way up with years of hard work. Does she get rewarded for that? Nope, she finds herself unemployed with the bills that are piling up and she can’t pay them! She figures she just needs to regroup and returns back home to Iowa to her grandmother who raised her. I really like Grace as she is strong and brave and doesn’t let anything hold her back. She’s a fighter and keeps on keeping on no matter how hard life may seem at that moment. HEART LAND is a wonderful story of second chances in love and in careers.
When Grace gets home, she is embarrassed and ashamed of how her life has ended up. She quickly runs in to Tucker, her high school boyfriend, thanks to her grandmother Gigi. While helping Gigi at a local flea market, selling dresses that Gigi made, they come up with a great plan. With the help of the the ladies in town, they develop a new fashion line that becomes an overnight sensation. HEART LAND is filled with life lessons as well as how a town gets behind one of its own and does anything to help. Kimberly Stuart really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I have never read anything by her before but now I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that makes me so happy.
HEART LAND finds Grace trying to decide if she wants to stay in Silver Creek, Iowa or find a way to get back to New York City. She is torn and struggling, not just with this decision but also about her past and letting go of it. All of Kimberly’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. Once I started reading HEART LAND, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Grace and where she was going to end up.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Atria Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberly Stuart has always treasured a good story and a good laugh. When she’s not engrossed in the charming chaos of motherhood, Stuart writes stories that are intended to make readers laugh often and cry once—maybe twice. Kimberly resides in Des Moines, Iowa, with her fantastic husband and their three wily children.
HEART LAND by Kimberly Stuart
Howard/Atria Books | On Sale: July 17, 2018 | ISBN: 9781501180569 | 320 pages | $15.99
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