St. Dennis is a lovely town and the people there are kind and get along with each other. Brooke grew up there on the family farm with her brother and parents. She wasn't so nice growing up, was a bit of a brat, but she has grown into a lovely woman who has been touched by tragedy. Her husband, Eric was serving in Afghanistan and was killed. Their young son doesn't have many memories of him. She is starting up her own cupcake business and has no interest in replacing her husband. Then she meets Jesse and suddenly she is more than interested. Jesse moved to St. Dennis to get to know his grandfather. He grew up knowing his dad was a bad apple. He is quite ready to make St. Dennis his permanent home. He really likes Brooke and hopes he can convince her that it is time to take another chance on love.
There is an undeniable charm to the books in the Chesapeake Diaries series and Hometown Girl is a sweet addition. This is a nice, uncomplicated romance. Jesse and Brooke are good people, bordering on perfect. There is very little angst, no huge misunderstandings. There are some really touching moments between Brooke and her brother as well as Jesse and his grandfather. The whole town is practically a character in itself and characters from previous books make appearances. If you are looking for a simple story about a man and a woman meeting in a small town and falling in love then this will ring your bell.
Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis, and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she’s determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She’s equally determined never to fall in love again.
For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he’s spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he’s moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice, and he’s ready to find the right girl, get married, and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke’s resolve to go her way alone—despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?