Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Review: Small Town Secrets by Alys Murray

Small Town Secrets
by Alys Murray

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 254
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “Young women needed for the Fortune Springs Town Improvement Initiative. One year’s room and board provided.”

I should have known it was too good to be true when I first saw the ad. It turns out that Fortune Springs, Colorado isn’t just a one-horse town, it’s a two-woman one, and this is their attempt to keep the community alive. I want to say the scheme is ridiculous, totally outdated, but I’m carrying everything I own in my canvas backpack and the greyhound I stepped off this morning is long gone. If this is my chance at a fresh start, I’d better grab it with both hands.

I know I should feel guilty about pretending to be a lonely heart willing to help repopulate this rural logging town, but all I feel is relief at having escaped the apartment in Savannah. And after all, what’s one more secret to add to the pile? I only hope I’ve hidden my tracks well enough, and that the kind Fortune Springs locals who’ve opened their doors to me will never find out what made me run away in the first place…

Kritters Thoughts:  Virginia is leaving Savannah in hopes for a new start in Colorado than can be a jumping off point for her new life.  She goes to a small town that is in "need" of young ladies and they have a house and a stipend and hopefully she can get some inspiration.  

Of course this is a romance, so you know that this will end happily, but it will be a journey to get there.  What I love about Alys Murray as an author and what she did in this book was putting in the sexy times when it feels right and focusing on the evolution of a relationship.

For me one of the plotlines that disappeared in the book was about a set of puppies and a possible career path for Virginia.  I wanted so much more from that storyline than the little it drove the storyline - I wish it had been in the story and think it would have made Virginia feel more well rounded and a full character.

I have read a few by this author and loved the others more than this and wouldn't stop reading her books because of my feelings about this one.  I look forward to her next books.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 26 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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