Alexandra Forry has stopped back by The Library to tell us about the first romance she remembers checking out. She will be giving one commenter during the course of her tour a $15 Barnes and Noble gift card. Please leave her a comment or ask her a question to be entered into the drawing. You can see the other stops on her tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/03/virtual-book-tour-wildflower-by.html
Hello, I’m author Alexandra Forry, today, I’m going to tell you about the first romance book I remember reading from my library. I was 18 years old and at the time I was a volunteer at a library close to where I live. One day, after reading all of the young adult books in the library, I asked my friend, who was a librarian, for a good romantic writer who wasn't risqué on their love scenes and she told me about LaVyrle Spencer. So she took me to the romance section and she help me pick out a book by LaVyrle Spencer called Hometown Girl.
Here is a short summery of what the book is about that I’ve copied off of Goodreads.com:
Eighteen years ago, young Tess McPhail left tiny Wintergreen, Missouri, for Nashville and never looked back. Now one of country music's brightest lights, "Mac" McPhail is a millionairess many times over, whose career is her life. At thirty-five, Mac has no time for marriage, children, or kinfolk - until her sisters insist she come home to help care for their widowed mother. Assuming a month in Wintergreen will be merely dreary, Mac is unprepared for what awaits her. After almost two decades of public adoration, she is suddenly a nonperson - insulted by her jealous older sister, enraged by her intractable mother, ignored by Kenny Kronek, the next-door neighbor she mercilessly taunted all through high school. A handsome divorce who dotes upon his teenage daughter, Casey, Kenny is widely respected in the community. Now he refuses to give Mac even the time of day. Once she discovers Casey is a promising country music talent, Mac assumes the role of mentor. She gradually becomes an integral part of life in Wintergreen, and the feigned indifference between Mac and Kenny turns to playful bickering, then passion. By month's end, Mac McPhail has not only grown to treasure the priceless solidarity of family and community, but also opened up her heart to love. Yet what was possible in Wintergreen appears a naive fantasy back in Nashville: Is there room for caring and commitment in the realm of superstardom - or is a woman worshipped by millions destined always to be alone?
I really like how this story play out, how Tess went home to take care of her mother and ends up taking Casey under her wing and falling in love with the next-door boy that Tess ignored growing up. In a way coming back home to Wintergreen, Tess’s life change forever.
When I was done reading this book, I ended up reading almost all of LaVyrle Spencer’s books that I could get my hands on. I fall in love with LaVyrle Spencer’s writing style and how she made the two lovers fall in love and how real to life it was. LaVyrle Spencer is one of my favorite authors to read. She write books that are true to life.
I want to thank Straight from the Library for the honor of having me and my book Wildflower on this blog today. If you have any questions or comments, I will be happy to answer.
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