Small Town Secrets: A heartwarming and uplifting women’s fiction novel

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4 reviews

About this ebook

“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 I want to say the scheme is ridiculous, totally outdated, but I’m carrying everything I own in my canvas backpack and the greyhound I stepped off this morning is long gone.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.

Readers love Alys Murray:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Fabulous… Will remain with you long after you’ve reached the last page… HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” Brook Cottage Books Blog

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Another 2 a.m. read! I absolutely could not put this book down. Funny, emotional, all at once.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Funny, smart, emotional and memorable all at the same time. It’s hard

to put this book down.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Swept me away in its warmth. I couldn’t stay away until I finished… feels and fun, family and love.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I couldn’t put it down! I read in less than a day! Made me so happy!” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved it. Finished it all in one sitting… Pulled on my heartstrings. It’s a must-read!!!” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I absolutely loved it!” NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “From the opening paragraph, I was hooked.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The warmth of the story enveloped my soul.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Full of lovely characters, witty dialogue and wonderful settings, the kind of place where you’d like to live.” Goodreads reviewer

Ratings and reviews

4 reviews
Cathy Geha
April 2, 2021
Small Town Secrets by Alys Murray I am smiling contemplating the story I just finished reading. This is a feel-good story that warmed my heart, made me happy, and just made my day a little bit better for having read it. Nothing earth shaking new or different but a pleasure to read. What I liked: * The positive vibe * The writing, plot and location * The way it made me smile from time to time * That I cared about the town, the characters, and the outcome * The growth seen in more than one character * The slow growing romance between Virginia and Owen * The backstories of the main characters, how they overcame adversity, and made the effort to move forward to something better * Calla, as an anchor and positive force like a fairy godmother * Willa as the youth in the story and the additional generational depth she provided (three women in three generations) * The Bride House – sounds gorgeous * Polka and her puppies * The feel-good moments * That though somewhat predictable it was perfectly wonderful * That there was a happy ending * The small town community * The possibility that there could be others that will show up at The Bride House and this might be a series. What I didn’t like: * Porter – a scumbag of major proportions and worthy of disliking intensely * Having to say goodbye to characters I grew fond of Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Nancy Baumer
March 24, 2021
Thank you NetGalley, Alys Murray and Bookouture for the copy of Small Town Secrets. This is my personal review. Fortune Springs, Colorado was where Virginia had her mind set on going to start her life over. Fortune Springs Town Improvement Initiative was what she knew would get her life back on track. The Bride House was the place she needed to get to for this to happen. Once there she found much more than she imagined. She found friends and love to guide her to her second chance in life and away from everything she wanted to lose in her life. This was an easy read that had characters I liked and enough to give me a few hours of enjoyment.
Belinda Smith
March 25, 2021
Small Town Secrets is an absolute charmer. A joy to the heart. A story of healing, redemption and second chances. This book has all the trademarks of a fantastic romance novel: a love story, secrets in spades and deep friendships with elements of suspense. A compelling and page-turning saga with elements of mystery and romance, Small Town Secrets grabbed my attention from the first page and held it until the very end. I absolutely loved the world that Alys Murray created with characters that are likeable and easy to root for. Overall, Small Town Secrets is a heartwarming and uplifting read. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Alys Murray for an ARC to review.

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