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SMALL TOWN GIRL
By
LaVyrle Spencer
Contents

CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

 

In one of her most unforgettable novels, America's most adored storyteller chronicles the passionate awakening of a country-music megastar who embraced fame, but fled from love…

 

Eighteen years ago, young Tess McPhail left her tiny hometown of Wintergreen, Missouri, population 1,713. She headed for Nashville—and never looked back. Now one of country music's brightest lights, "Mac" McPhail is a millionaire many times over. Her career is her life. At thirty-five, Mac has no time for marriage, children, or kinfolk—until her sisters insist she come home to help care for their widowed mother… Mac isn't thrilled about spending a month in Wintergreen, but her visit home turns out to be far from dull. After almost two decades of public adoration, she is suddenly a nonperson—insulted by her jealous older sister, enraged by her intractable mother, and ignored by Kenny Kroneck, the next-door neighbor she mercilessly taunted all through high school. Now a handsome divorce who dotes on his teenage daughter, Kenny is widely respected in the community—and refuses to give Mac the time of day. But once she discovers that Kenny's daughter is a promising country music talent, Mac assumes the role of mentor—and everything changes…

Gradually, the famous Mac McPhail becomes an integral part of life in Wintergreen. The priceless gifts of family and community open her heart to the sweet rewards of caring and commitment. And as the feigned indifference between Mac and Kenny turns to playful bickering, then passion, the complicated life of a superstar is forever changed—by the simple joys of love…

 

"Warm and folksy and loving."


Kirkus Reviews

 

"[A] heartwarmer."


Publishers Weekly

 

A Main Selection of the Literary Guild®

 

continued…

 

 

The Bestselling Novels of LaVyrle Spencer

 

Then Came Heaven

A triumphant story of faith and love… "Touching."


The Chattanooga Times

Small Town Girl

A country-music star rediscovers her heart… "Warm and folksy."


Kirkus Reviews

 

That Camden Summer

A shunned divorcee finds unexpected love… "A modern fairy tale."


People

 

Home Song

A secret threatens to tear a family apart… "Tug[s] at readers' heartstrings."


Publishers Weekly

 

Family Blessings

A widow is torn between her family and new love… "A moving tale."


Publishers Weekly

 

November of the Heart

True love blooms for two hearts from different worlds... "One of Spencer's best."


Kirkus Reviews

 

Bygones

A moving story of a family at a crossroads… "A page-turner."


New York Daily News

 

Forgiving

A beautiful story of family ties renewed… "A lively story."


New York Daily News

 

Bitter Sweet

The poignant tale of high school sweethearts reunited... "A journey of self-discovery and reawakening."


Booklist

 

The Endearment

A woman's love is threatened by past secrets… "A tender, sensual story."

—Lisa Gregory

 

Morning Glory

Two misfit hearts find tenderness… "A superb book."


New York Daily News

 

continued…

 

 

Spring Fancy

A bride-to-be falls in love—with another man… "Incredible beauty."


Affaire de Coeur

 

The Hellion

Sparks fly between a lady and a hell-raiser… "Superb."


Chicago Sun-Times

 

Vows

Two willful lovers—one special promise… "Magic"


Affaire de Coeur

 

The Gamble

Take a chance on love… "Grand."


Good Housekeeping

 

A Heart Speaks

Two of her favorite novels—A
Promise to Cherish
and
Forsaking All Others
—together in one volume.

 

Years

Across the Western plains, only the strongest survived... "Splendid."


Publishers Weekly

 

Separate Beds

First came the baby, then marriage… then love… "A superb story."

—
Los Angeles Times

 

Twice Loved

A woman's missing husband returns—after she's remarried… "Emotional."


Rocky Mountain News

 

Hummingbird

The novel that launched LaVyrle Spencer's stunning career… "Will leave you breathless."


Affaire de Coeur

 

 

Titles by LaVyrle Spencer

 

THEN CAME HEAVEN

SMALL TOWN GIRL

THAT CAMDEN SUMMER

HOME SONG

FAMILY BLESSINGS

NOVEMBER OF THE HEART

BYGONES

FORGIVING

BITTER SWEET

SPRING FANCY

MORNING GLORY

THE HELLION

VOWS

THE GAMBLE

A HEART SPEAKS

YEARS

SEPARATE BEDS

TWICE LOVED

SWEET MEMORIES

HUMMINGBIRD

THE ENDEARMENT

THE FULFILLMENT

 

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

 

SMALL TOWN GIRL

 

A Jove Book / published by arrangement with the author

 

PRINTING HISTORY

G. P. Putnam's Sons edition / January 1997

Jove edition / March 1998

 

Copyright © 1997 by LaVyrle Spencer.

(including lyrics and music to "Small Town Girl" on pages xüi-xvi).

Excerpt from
Then Came Heaven
copyright © 1997 by LaVyrle Spencer.

Family photographs courtesy of LaVyrle Spencer.

Back cover author photo copyright © 1995 by John Earle.

Book design by Casey Hampton.

 

All rights reserved.

 

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Many thanks to the people who helped me

during the research and writing of this book.

 

Ruth Reed, friend

Dr. David Palmer, consultant

Connie Bennett, fellow writer

Reba McEntire, inspiration and consultant

 

 

This book is dedicated to all the editors I've worked with through the twenty years of my writing career. Each has brought me knowledge and friendship. Each has been wise and supportive. Each has made me a better writer. I've loved and enjoyed you all.

 

Star Helmer damaris Rowland

Leslie Gelbman

Lisa Wager

Chris Pepe

 

And to one more person whose unwavering support has been behind me through all my years with Penguin Putnam Inc.

 

David Shanks

 

Wow, David,

you're absolutely the greatest!

 

 

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