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After the death of her sister, Claire Kendal returns to her hometown to take responsibility for her teenage nephew, Nick. She wants to return to Chicago as soon as possible and leave the past, with its bitter memories of abuse, behind her, but Nick is encouraged to stay in town by high school football coach Tucker Hall. When Claire meets Tucker, she begins to think she wouldn't mind being a Hometown Girl (4.5). Margaret Watson's vivid characters and touching story are a delight.
Reviewed By: Christine Merrill
Published: February 2005