Small Town Secrets by Alys Murray. #BlogTour

“Young women needed for the Fortune Springs Town Improvement Initiative. One year’s room and board provided.”

I should have known it was too good to be true when I first saw the ad. It turns out that Fortune Springs, Colorado isn’t just a one-horse town, it’s a two-woman one, and this is their attempt to keep the community alive. I want to say the scheme is ridiculous, totally outdated, but I’m carrying everything I own in my canvas backpack and the greyhound I stepped off this morning is long gone. If this is my chance at a fresh start, I’d better grab it with both hands.

I know I should feel guilty about pretending to be a lonely heart willing to help repopulate this rural logging town, but all I feel is relief at having escaped the apartment in Savannah. And after all, what’s one more secret to add to the pile? I only hope I’ve hidden my tracks well enough, and that the kind Fortune Springs locals who’ve opened their doors to me will never find out what made me run away in the first place…

An emotional, gripping story full of family drama. Fans of Carolyn Brown, Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber will be hooked.

My Thoughts

Virginia is desperate to make an escape, either from something or someone, so when she spots an advert for a small village that is looking for women, offering them a home and jobs to boot she is overjoyed and finds herself boarding the three day greyhound to take her there.

When Virginia arrives, she realises just how small this village actually is. As she tries to adapt to her new life here, she finds herself continuously crossing the path of the rather aggravated fire chief, who is massively opposed to this initiative that has been imposed upon them, believing that the village could have used the funds somewhere else. She finds herself living with an old lady and her granddaughter Willow, and feels rather fortunate in doing so.

Virginia is such a well structured, layered character who has a lot to add to this wonderful story. As we are made aware from the beginning that she is holding on to a secret, I couldn’t help but spend many hours pondering as to what she might be hiding, and why.

I loved the relationships that Virginia formed as this story progressed. The bond in which she formed with Willow was truly heart warming, and added a new depth to the book. They way they learnt to support one another through their difficulties was fantastic, and really allowed you to see another side to Virginia’s character.

This book is beautifully written, full of intriguing characters and drama throughout. I adored the love story that blossomed between Virginia and Owen, and the way that Virginia grew as an individual as the story progressed. The storyline itself was unique and enchanting, really drawing you in to the lives of the characters as well as the world that the author so brilliantly brings to life. A truly enjoyable read. I can’t wait for future releases by this author!.

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About the Author

Alys Murray is an author who writes for the romantic in all of us. Though she graduated with a degree in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master’s in Film Studies from King’s College London, her irrepressible love of romance led her to a career as an author, and she couldn’t be happier to write these stories! Currently splitting time between her home state of Louisiana and London, she enjoys kissing books, Star Wars, and creating original pie recipes for all of her books. Tobey Maguire is her Spider-Man.

*Thank you to Sarah Hardy, Bookouture and Alys Murray for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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