Long Gone Girl by Amy Rose Bennett
Publisher: Steam eReads
Publication Date: September 13, 2014
Format: eBook - 88 pages
Kindle - 3904 KB
Genre: Vintage Historical Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book blast event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.
After returning home from the Korean War a widow, former MASH surgical nurse, Ginny Williams, heads to the Jersey Shore for a weekend of much needed R&R. But her plans to do nothing more than relax on the beach go seriously awry when the boy who broke her heart on Prom night nine years ago—the now hotter-than-hot ‘fly-boy’ Jett Kelly—shows up on her patch of sand. To make matters worse, Captain Kelly seems to be on a mission to win her trust, and maybe even her heart again. But the last thing Ginny wants is a man—especially one like Jett—in her life. She’s a career nurse now, and that’s that. If only Jett wasn’t so damned charming and attractive…
US air force pilot, Captain Jefferson ‘Jett’ Kelly Junior is blown away to have stumbled across the beautiful yet shy and bookish girl he used to have a huge crush on in high school—especially now that Ginny is all grown up and sexy as hell. Problem is, she’s also not backward in coming forward when letting him know she hasn’t forgiven him for the Prom-kiss-gone-wrong incident. Even though Jett knows he’ll have his work cut out for him to get a second chance with her, he’s definitely going to give it his best shot…
Despite Ginny’s determination to keep her head—she’s certainly not the naïve girl she used to be—when Jett starts to unashamedly woo her, she soon realizes that maybe her heart didn’t get the memo…
My Book Review:
Author Amy Rose Bennett's Long Gone Girl is a lighthearted, sweet and sassy vintage historical romance novella that is sure to leave a smile on your face.
Set in the post-Korean War year of 1953, the reader is transported to Ridgewood and Point Pleasant, NJ, where they follow the unexpected reuniting of Ginny Williams and her unrequited high school crush Jefferson "Jett" Kelly.
Ginny is a war widow and former MASH surgical nurse who served in the Korean War. She recently returned home from the war and has been working a lot of shifts as a staff nurse at the county hospital. She's in desperate need of some R&R, so she takes off for a weekend getaway at the Jersey Shore. While staying in Point Pleasant, Ginny has an unexpected encounter on the beach with Jett Kelly, an old high school nemesis who she also had a crush on. Jett is a Captain in the Air Force who also served in Korea as a jet fighter pilot. Ginny has a long held resentment against Jett that goes back nine years to their senior prom when he humiliated her in front of everyone. Well that shy, goody-two-shoes girl is long gone, replaced by a sassy and independent woman who knows what she wants and where she's going. That doesn't stop Jett from putting Operation Ginny into motion, he is determined to apologize for his past mistake and make Ginny his girl, something that he should have done nine years ago. Can a steamy weekend at the Jersey Shore help Ginny let go of the past and find love with Jett? Is Jett sincere enough to get Ginny to trust him in order to get a second chance at love?
In Long Gone Girl, author Amy Rose Bennett weaves an entertaining vintage historical romance tale that easily draws the reader into Ginny and Jett's story. With wonderful descriptions of the post Korean War time period and the scenic Point Pleasant landmarks and Jersey shore beaches, the reader is transported back to a time when two people are back home from serving in the war and rediscovering an undeniable attraction to each other. The author does a wonderful job of describing Ginny and Jett's background, along with a providing a flashback to nine years ago that explained what happened between Ginny and Jett that caused such deep long-held resentment. And when you mix in a sexy fly-boy with a determined plan to win the heart of the woman he wronged, a steamy beach weekend, and some inner struggle and frustration of fighting the undeniable connection and physical attraction between them, you have one heck of an enjoyable romance story that will leave a smile on your face.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that as a born and bred Jersey girl, the author did my home state proud with her accurate description of the beach, boardwalk, and local landmarks that made up Point Pleasant back in the 1950s. I loved the time period that the author wrote about, there is nothing more swoon worthy than a post war romance intertwined with a beach setting. And one more big smile for mentioning Fort Dix, since the base is my next door neighbor, I was thrilled to see that Jett was stationed there as a flight instructor.
Long Gone Girl is a wonderful vintage historic romance novella that is perfect for wiling away a lazy afternoon.
RATING: 5 STARS
About The Author
Amy is happily married to her own Alpha male hero, has two beautiful daughters, a rather loopy Rhodesian Ridgeback and a Devonshire Rex cat with attitude. She is a Speech Pathologist, but is currently devoting her time to her one other true calling—writing romance.
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