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Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite
The setting for Heart Land by Kimberly Stuart is partly in New York City and partly in Iowa. Grace was raised in Iowa by her grandmother after her parents were killed when she was a teenager. Grace left for New York City soon after her graduation from high school, leaving behind a teenage boyfriend and her grandmother. Ten years later she has experience and talent as a fashion designer but is fired just when she thought she was about to get her first break. She returns to her grandmother's home in Iowa with her tail between her legs. With Grace designing and her grandmother and her church sewing group assembling the outfits, Grace is able to create fashion garments like she had wanted to in New York City. But is going back to New York City and having a second chance at that career really what she wants?
I thoroughly enjoyed Heart Land by Kimberly Stuart. I laughed when the photo shoot was supposed to include sheep that did not want to be on camera. The people in her hometown were likable and helped Grace accustom herself to what seemed like a failure in New York City. I liked trying to decipher the texts Grace received from her grandmother. The relationship between Grace and her grandmother was loving. I loved to visualize the grandmother and her friends as they sewed fashion garments in a barn. Tucker was a great hero. He not only forgave her for leaving him, but he was a gentleman and encouraged her spiritually. I would enjoy reading another book by this author.