Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale is a YA Contemporary Romance of a beach fling that will leave you swooning.
“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?“
I loved the setting of this book. Featuring a cute, small, beach town in Maine, we follow the main character as she lives the cutest life as a barista, living in a lighthouse, and even some fun competitions. This is the perfect beach read!
And if you love stories with baking and sweet goods, this one will leave you hungry. The writing made my mouth water, and accented the story wonderfully.
There is also LGBT representation. The main character Babe struggles with an ex girlfriend while also swooning over a summer boy. The romance was cute too!
The book focus on change and that period between high school and college when you’re trying to figure out life and her new goals. The plot was very relatable while also providing the perfect spring/summer read.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Published: 19 March 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Romance
How I Read It: eARC from Xpresso Book Tour
“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.”
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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