Monday, March 18, 2019

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Small Town Hearts blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I'm thrilled I get to share my thoughts on this book with you! Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

Title: SMALL TOWN HEARTS
Author: Lillie Vale
Pub. Date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Find it om: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo

Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?


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I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Small Town Hearts had me swooning for the summer boy, and was deliciously adorable! I really enjoyed the small town vibes, the food (this book made me super hungry, and often), and even Babe's life as a barista. It was such a heartwarming story! A true summer read that made me forget we were in the middle of spring -- loved it!

The characters were amazing, and I really liked both Babe and Levi. They were well-developed and easy to relate to. Babe has no desire to go to college, and is happy exactly where she is. Levi is more confused about what he wants, and it was fun watching everything click into place for him.

I wouldn't say their romance was forbidden, but it did feel that way. Babe has sworn off summer boys, because they always leave (as you've probably guessed by now) at the end of the summer. She doesn't want to have her heart broken, and her reservations are totally understandable. I really enjoyed the dynamics between the two, and wish the book had ended a little differently.

As for the secondary characters, they were a great addition the story. There were a few that I loved to hate, and others that were a joy to read about. It was a nice balance! Overall, Small Town Hearts was a wonderful read that had me craving coffee and sunshine!

About the author:

Lillie Vale, upon discovering she could not be one of Santa’s elves or attend Hogwarts, decided to become a writer to create a little magic of her own. Enjoying the romantic and eerie in equal measure, she’s probably always writing a book where the main characters kiss or kill. Born in Mumbai, she has lived in many U.S. states, and now resides in an Indiana college town where the corn whispers and no one has a clue that she is actually the long-lost caps lock queen. She can be reached on Twitter @LillieLabyrinth and Instagram @labyrinthspine. Small Town Hearts is her debut novel.

Giveaway:
Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
Print copy of Small Town Hearts



16 comments:

  1. Books with food in them always make me hungry! This sounds like the perfect summer (or spring!) read!

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    1. I think this would be the perfect whenever read, but it definitely puts you in the mood for summer! I dislike the actual season (it's way too hot in Texas), but love reading about it. ;) Also, books with food always make me hungry, too. It's a good idea to have snacks nearby! <3

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  2. Great review! This sounds adorable and super fun to read! Glad you liked it! :)

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    1. It was both adorable and super fun! The main character's name (Babe) always made me think of Dirty Dancing (Baby). ;)

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  3. I'm in love with the cover simply because there's a cup of coffee on it lol!

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    1. Haha! It's what initially caught my attention! ;)

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  4. That sounds really cute. I love small town books and books with food.

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    1. I love books with food! Love & Gelato and Love à la Mode come to mind. <3

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  5. It's the first time I hear about this one but it looks good!

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    1. Don't you love adding books to your TBR? I do! ;)

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  6. I was so rooting for the summer boy in this one. I was happy with the way Babe rearranged her inner circle too. I think Vale did a good job with the idea of outgrowing friendships.

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    1. Truth! People grow and evolve as they get older, so it makes sense that our friendships will also change over time. Sometimes it's hard to let go of those relationships, but it's possible to outgrow people. I like that the author addressed this!

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  7. This sounds like a wonderful spring/summer read. Just the kind of book I might grab on vacation!

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    1. It was lovely! I almost read it in one sitting, but then I had to force myself to go to sleep. The kids wake up early regardless of what time I go to bed, haha.

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  8. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! It's definitely in my summer tbr!

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