Thank you so much Atria Books for sending my a copy of Heart Land in exchange for an honest review! I enjoyed this one so much it was a quick, easy, light hearted read perfect for summer! Full of southern charm and big NYC dreams and a dash of romance I give this 3.5 stars.
A story of reconnection, lost love, and the power of faith, Heart Land follows a struggling fashion designer back to her small Iowa hometown as she tries to follow her dreams of success and finding true love.
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 immediately got Sweet Home Alabama vibes from this book and I love Sweet Home Alabama so that was a welcome treat. Grace was a spunky, strong, independent character and I really enjoyed watching her story progress. Her goals of being a fashion designer and fighting for her recognition and dreams was the best part of this story. I loved how her family and small town stood behind her. It made me want to be part of a small town! I also really liked Gigi and Goldie and all the grannies they made me smile so much through out the book. There were bits of religion thrown in which isn’t for me, but it never felt forced or out of place so it didn’t take away from the story at all.
This book was very simple. That’s not a bad thing at all, it wasn’t overly dramatic or cheesy, it just was what it was and I really liked that about it. It was a book you could just snuggle under a blanket with or read pool side and finish in a few hours and not be mentally exhausted but still happy at the end all the same.
I do have to say I think there could have been a bit more to the romance. I think the book was more focused on Grace’s career which was great but the romance part felt thrown together. I never felt the connection between Tucker and Grace like I would have liked too. I did still like Tucker and Grace I just didn’t get as involved with them as I did with finding out about Grace and her fashion career.
I definitely recommend this book, its easy to finish and it’s such a feel good book that you really can’t go wrong giving it a go, especially if you like Sweet Home Alabama 🙂