Heart Land by Kimberly Stuart is available now!!
Read my thoughts on this lovely 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?
I hate not loving books because I feel like I don’t do them enough justice when I’m not freaking out about them. I think I’ve been stuck in a “they’re okay” rut for a bit and sadly this book didn’t break it.
Heart Land is a very sweet country romance story about starting over and second chances. Tucker and Grace’s story is so freaking sweet. It’s lighthearted, romantic, cute and forgiving. I truly don’t know why I didn’t love it. It has the perfect ingredients but it fell a little short for me. I was able to put the book down at any moment which for me is a bad sign because it means I’m not caught up in it. It just felt a little bland for me, like it was missing something.
I didn’t fall in love with either of the main characters (although I did love Gigi a little because she’s so freaking sweet). They were just okay, they’re really not bad. Tucker is extremely caring and sweet, he has a heart of gold and is always wanting to make people happy. He is just so pure. Grace is an adequate heroine, she’s passionate and I loved that. I felt her personality a little weak, there’s nothing wrong with that, I just found that I don’t match with those characters.
Overall, this book is really good. If I had to describe it in two words they would be lighthearted and romantic. Kimberly Stuart is a really good romance writer, I truly recommend this book. If you’ve read it let me know your opinion because I’d love to read someone else’s imput on it.
Massive thanks to Howard/Atria Books for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
4 / 5 flowers
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.