Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale is the kind of book that makes you feel warm inside despite the freezing cold weather. It is a cute and summery read set in a picturesque beach town, and the main character is realistic. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson.

Small Town Hearts by Lillie ValeTitle: Small Town Hearts
Author: Lillie Vale
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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?

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Review: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

❀ Realistic Plot

This book tells the story of Babe, a girl who haas just graduated high school and is spending her summer working and contemplating the changes that will occur in the fall. However, she finds herself falling for a tourist, which she knows will come to an end at the end of the season. The story is filled with adorable summer vibes, and I loved reading about the cozy beach town setting. I mean, the main character lives in a lighthouse and there are annual sandcastle building contests. I found the book to be realistic, and I liked how it shows that there are more pathways than going straight to university after high school.

❀ Interesting Main Character

Babe is such an interesting character, and she is very mature. She knows exactly what she wants and sets goals to obtain it. She also works in a coffee shop, which I adored. I’m here for any book with food/cafes. As well, I enjoyed how Babe’s voice is realistic for her age and how her mistakes make her believable. She has a bit of a rough summer, but she doesn’t complain very much, which I appreciated.

❀ Cute and Summery Read

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale is a cute and summery read about summer love and the future. I enjoyed the main character, and the beachy setting is well-developed. This is the perfect book to enjoy in the warm weather.

About Lillie Vale

Lillie Vale

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. Small Town Hearts is her debut novel.

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10 thoughts on “Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

  1. Sam@wlabb says:

    I loved that Babe actually liked her small town life. Normally characters are always trying to escape, so it’s sort of refreshing to see the opposite. And, she has dreams, but they are not huge and grand, but still important , at least for her.

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