Monday, August 14, 2017

A Small Town Kind of Love by Darlene Franklin ends August 21st

Welcome back Darlene Franklin. Good to have you back so soon! Darlene is giving away a copy of her book so be sure to read on down to see how to enter.

Small town nostalgia is a big thing in Christian romance. Maybe they think they’re safer, wherever everyone goes to church on Sundays and the sheriff doesn’t need to carry a gun (Andy Taylor). Or maybe we like the sense of community—a place where everyone knows your name (and all your business).
All in all, I prefer cities. . . But I have lived in small towns and enjoyed some more than others.
I have just pulled together three of my books with a small town romance theme.
In Plainsong, the heroine is more like me. She resists life in a small town—which is unfortunate, because she has fallen in love with the most romantic many on earth, Joe Knight. Who dislikes the city as much as she likes small towns. It’s a contemporary story.
In Hidden Dreams, Mary Ann Lamont has no idea what small towns are like.  She’s a Flapper from New York. But when she’s on the run from the run from the mob, she runs into a truck on the way to Maple Notch. Hidden Dreams is the fourth of my Maple Notch books, set against bootlegging, flappers, and the 1927 flood in Vermont.
After the stock market crash in 1929, a penniless flapper seeks out farm life. You can’t go hungry on a farm! She heads west on an orphan train: To Riches Again.
All three women grew to love life in their small towns.

Answer the question below to be entered to win A Small Town Kind of Love ebook giveaway
Question: Do you prefer life in small towns or cities? Why?

Twitter: @darlenefranklin

Plainsong starts in the big city of Denver
“Do you want to know the way to heaven?” A young man dressed in a suit coat and tie, unexpected on the hot July night, asked people as they surged past him to Coors Field for a night of Colorado Rockies baseball. Before walking on, Joe Knight glanced at the tract with a bright red cross on it.
“You’re not interested in heaven then?” The man’s voice trailed after him.
Joe stopped to explain that he already knew the way to heaven and to wish the evangelist Godspeed, but the man had already turned his attention elsewhere. Joe shook his head as he watched the man approach an attractive young woman. She flicked sweeping blond hair over her shoulder as she accepted the tract and stopped for a minute to talk. Joe took in her long, shapely legs and well-tailored slacks.
Coins jangled nearby, and one of the street bums who cluttered every corner stopped Joe. His sign read homeless vet. please help. How much money had he stashed away during the course of the day? Joe had heard news reports about the scams some of the street people pulled. The woman he had seen before approached, dug in her purse, and tossed in a handful of change.
Joe hesitated then followed her. “Ma’am, I wouldn’t do that again if I were you.”
She turned deep green eyes in his direction. “Excuse me?”
For a moment he forgot what he was saying, and then he found his voice. “That man. He’ll probably just use the money for alcohol or drugs.”
“Or maybe he’ll buy a meal. He could use one. There’s no reason people should go hungry in a rich country like America.” Her eyes clouded.


  1. I prefer life in small towns because of the laid back life.
    City life is too chaotic :)

    Draw back on small towns is that everyone knows everyone's business :(
    However, I still prefer small towns.

    Welcome back, Darlene Franklin!

    1. I'm glad to be back, Michelle. The laid-back life is what I enjoy about the west vs. the northeast where I grew up.

  2. I prefer living in a small town, because large crowds bother me, make me nervous. I've lived in a big city and felt overwhelmed most of the time. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.


    1. I'm not a huge fan of large crowds, but I confess I joined my fellow Denverites in city-wide rejoicing when the Avalanche and the Broncos won four national championships in the 90s.

  3. Large cities are nice to visit but when it comes to living... hands down, it's a small town. I love the quaintness, the ease of driving around,...I love it all! mauback55 at gmail dot com

  4. I have always lived in a small town so I have no way to compare but I've never desired to live elsewhere. Yes, people are aware if your business but they are also ready to lend a helpful hand. Some complain about no place to shop but with today's ease of travel, shopping in a larger city with many stores is no issue for most and there is also online shopping.
    I would love to read this story.
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    Debbie, I follow your blog.

    1. Hi Connie, I lived in the largest city in the area when I moved to Oklahoma in 1979. It offered only a fraction of the amenities available in the similar-sized town (20K) that I grew up in Maine. I did find it a shock.

  5. I'm definitely a small town gal. I grew up in a rural area and enjoyed it so much. Where I live now is larger than my home town and I've adjusted, but would not want to live in a town larger than I'm in now. The advantages are less traffic, easier to arrive at your destinations. I love the friendliness of neighbors, too.

    Darlene's books sounds amazing. Thank you for the giveawary.
    I'm a follower of your blog, Debbie. God bless.
    marilynridgway78 [at]gmail [dot]com

    1. Waving at you Marilyn. If you don't win and would be willing to write a review, contact me privately at belovedfranklin (at) msn (dot) com

  6. I prefer a small town over a city. I live in a small village outside of a town of a little over 10,000 people. Even where I live it used to be when we were kids that everyone know everyone else but that has changed. It seems everyone is so busy they don't have time to hardly know their neighbors anymore.
    Debbie,I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

    1. So from your perspective 10,000 isn't small town, whereas to me it is. Sometimes my small towns are really small cities, perhaps. They retain some of the same characteristics, though.

  7. Definitely Small Towns I Love Small Town Books. Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. I'm a Feedburner Follower also > iamabho :AT: gmail :DOT: com

    2. Linda, that's why I decided to pull my small-town stories together.

  8. I love small towns...grew up in one. Cities are fun but I'd want my home in a small town.

  9. My son is looking to move to a small town with his family.

  10. And the winner is Donna! Congratulations! Darlene will be contacting you shortly.