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Where The Grass Grows Blue


"A sweet tale of finding love and redemption that fans of strong female leads will particularly enjoy."


"The author crafts a complex will-they, won’t-they romantic dynamic that delves into the importance of confronting personal demons and the irony of finding yourself in the place you tried to leave behind."


"Although primarily a romance narrative, the multifaceted plot is refreshing in that the hero, a mother entering middle age, is allowed the room to find and understand herself in addition to becoming embroiled in a romance plot."

-Kirkus Reviews



"In Where the Grass Grows Blue, Hope Gibbs examines Penny Crenshaw’s journey to pick up the pieces and begin again after divorce. But this mother of three sons soon learns that if she wants to move forward, she’ll have to first go back to the start. Readers will enjoy this fast-paced southern story about second chances, lifelong friendships, and the healing power of forgiveness." 

-Julie Cantrell

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials 

"Where The Grass Grows Blue hit me in all the right places. Young lovers separated by a misunderstanding reunite twenty years later, only to discover that although their love never faded, their choices are insurmountable. Or are they? 

Gibbs skillfully weaves the dark side of life with the beauty of a love that has only grown stronger over time. Keep an eye on this author – she is one to watch!”

-Barbara Conrey

USA Today Bestselling Author of Nowhere Near Goodbye

"Where the Grass Grows Blue is the most authentic and endearing book I’ve read in ages. Penny’s difficult and heartbreaking rural background in Kentucky (the Bluegrass state) and her high society life in Atlanta could not be more different. But when she can’t hide from her past anymore, her life comes full circle.


I think Penny is my new fictional best friend. There were times I wanted to read quickly to see how everything unfolds, but this story is to be savored. Don’t rush this Southern gem."

-Cindy Dorminy

Author of The Foster Wife, In a Jam, In a Pickle, In a Nutshell, David is an Ugly Word

"Hope Gibbs drops the reader into a colorful, southern, small-town setting where Penny Crenshaw—a divorced mother with a tumultuous childhood—is desperate to outrun her past. 

Where The Grass Grows Blue is one woman's story of perseverance despite her painful past. A story of small-town living and second chances, romance and resilience, friendship and forgiveness. 

One you’ll think of long after you turn the last page."

-Award-Winning Author Jill Hannah Anderson

 Author of A Life Unraveled, The To-Hell-And-Back Club, and Crazy Little Town Called Love

"Where The Grass Grows Blue is an evocative story-with a southern flair-about going back to the place that brought so much pain for a second chance at love and redefining oneself.


This is one you'll fall in love with."

-Donna Norman-Carbone

Author of All That Is Sacred

"Hope Gibbs' debut, Where the Grass Grows Blue, is worthy of taking its place among true Southern fiction novels where the banter is witty and the women are true steel magnolias.


It’s a delightful, engaging story about following your heart.”

-Grace Sammon

Award-Winning Author of The Eves, and host of The Storytellers

 “Where the Grass Grows Blue was a page-turner from the beginning. The author’s writing was like paint on a canvas, creating a vibrant picture of life in Kentucky, so much so that I was easily transported there. Moreover, through flashbacks and introspection, Penny’s character development was flawless, and I was invested in all her relationships. If you’re craving an immersive storyline, this book provides the perfect escape!"

-Reader Views Five Star Gold Seal Review

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"Where the Grass Grows Blue is as refreshing as a glass of sweet tea served on the front porch during a heatwave.


Deeply-drawn characters, relatable circumstances, and romance are deftly blended with the culture and ambiance fans of Southern women’s fiction love."

-Elizabeth Bass Parman

Member of WFWA

"Readers will rally behind Penny as she discovers that tugging at the roots of a difficult past is the only way to see a better future bloom. Falling down and standing back up, reinventing yourself, and getting a much deserved second chance at love—Where the Grass Grows Blue is in equal parts a gut-wrenching and hopeful story set against an artfully painted Southern backdrop.” 

-Lisa Roe

Author of Welcome to the Neighborhood

"If you love beautiful family sagas and seeing all sides of someone’s life, you most likely will fall in love with this book."

Five Stars.

-Phyllis Jones Pisanelli Reviews

“This is an emotional roller-coaster of women’s fiction/romance with exceptionally crafted characters. I love Penny and Bradley’s second chance romance. Penny is discovering sometimes you just cannot outrun your past; you must return and face it head on to move forward. Penny’s journey is written intertwined with exquisitely descriptive small town Southern cuisine, gardening, church, supportive relatives and friends to interfering gossiping busybodies. This is a story and characters that I will be thinking about for quite some time. I highly recommend this wonderful story!”


-Avonna Loves Genres

"The setting is so perfectly depicted for us, with the author creating an all-immersive experience that completely transports the reader to the South. A heart-rending, poignant and evocative novel, it’s really one to savor and enjoy. An impressive debut for an author that I really look forward to reading more from."


Blog Review

"I absolutely adored this book. Very reminiscent of the writing style of Susan Mallery, and the heart of Susan Wiggs, but the humor of Dorothea Benton Frank, this book takes you directly into the small town heartland of Kentucky."

-Stranded in Chaos Blog

"Where the Grass Grows Blue by Hope Gibbs is the perfect southern women’s fiction romance book."

-A Soccer Mom's Book Blog

"It is a Southern, Women’s Fiction, Romance all rolled into one. The townspeople in Camden were a hoot. Bradley was swoon-worthy. I really enjoyed this story and loved how it all ended. I recommend this one and am really looking forward to seeing what Hope Gibbs comes up with next." Carla Loves to Read

-Carla Loves To Read

Blog Review

"Author Hope Gibbs infuses Penny’s story with such vivid descriptions it’s like we are kneeling in the flowerbeds pulling weeds with her. Where the Grass Grows Blue is a triumphant story of both love and loss as a woman confronts her painful past. Where the Grass Grows Blue stays with you long after the last page. To have a second chance at love, especially when it’s your first love, defies all the odds and opens the door to new possibilities."

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"South fiction at its very finest."

"It's hard to believe this is a debut novel. I look forward to future books by Hope Gibbs. If you like romance and the South, you'll love this book!"

"It’s happy, it’s sad, it’s funny, it’s upsetting, it’s loving, it’s the perfect read on a sunny day to make you escape into a beautiful story."

"For the past month or so, I have been in a reading rut. That was until I started reading Where the Grass Grows Blue by Hope Gibbs."

"This is a book you don’t want to put down, with heartbreaking scenes, but also loving ones, this is a book about second chances in life and in love, about learning to love yourself and be better, to learn to be a survivor of abuse, pain and heartbreak and rise victorious."

"This is a marvelous story of an upended life finding a future when all is lost." 

"I loved it. Five huge stars from me and a very high recommendation. Read it. Enjoy it. It's well worth it."

"Well-written and filled with warmth, eccentric relatives, and a past that won’t stay buried, this is a Southern fiction debut not to be missed. Highly recommended."

"I found this book to be fast-paced, full of romance, and hard to put down. I really enjoyed this story and I highly recommend this book."

"Where The Grass Grows Blue by Hope Gibbs brought me right back to memories of my small southern hometown. It makes you miss the days of church potlucks, small-town gossip, and the smell of the honeysuckle growing on the side of the barn. It filled me with nostalgia for growing up in a place like Camden, with people like Penny and Bradley. 

I didn’t want to put Where The Grass Grows Blue down, but I also didn’t want it to end. It made you root for Penny and Bradley, laugh at the supporting characters, and get mad at some of her family and her ex-husband. It also made me call my grandmother, who I knew was out in her yard with her flowers, her girls."

"If, like me, Sweet Home Alabama is your comfort movie, you will LOVE this book. It is a second-chance romance filled with southern charm, family drama, and the nostalgia of going back to visit your hometown. 
As a southern girl, there were so many parts of this book that felt like home. I absolutely loved it and you will too!" 

"Where the Grass Grows Blue tells the story of resilience as well as the need to face, or come to terms with, our past. It’s hard to believe that this is Hope’s debut novel. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for her readers!"

"I rarely give a book a 5-star rating but this one earned it. It had me hooked by page 2 and I couldn’t put it down. Hope Gibbs is an amazing author. The story flowed so easily with the wit and personality."

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