AUTHOR: BARBARA HANNAY • CATEGORY: ROMANCE / AUSTRALIAN FICTION • PAGES: 320
For Bella Fairburn, a girl from the bush, her new life in Europe is a dream come true. But news of her beloved father’s heart attack brings Bella rushing back to Australia along with her aunt Liz, an acclaimed musician who’s been living in London for the past thirty years.
Coming home is fraught with emotional danger for both women. While Bella is confident she can deal with drought, bushfires and bogged cattle, she dreads facing her neighbour. Gabe Mitchell is the man she once hoped to marry, but he’s also the man who broke her heart.
And for Liz, Mullinjim holds a painful secret that must never be revealed…
In the rugged beauty of the outback, new futures beckon, but Bella and Liz must first confront the heartaches of the past.
Gosh I love myself some Australian rural fiction! Growing up in a small country town probably has something to do with it 😁. This book is everything that you would expect from a book in the genre. It follows the same plot format with heartache, drama, a secret, a tragedy and a happy ending. If you don’t like the format then you won’t like this book or any of the other books in this category probably.
On to the book itself. The characters were wonderful. I particularly liked Liz. She is successful (just not in the kitchen) and strong, bit so incredibly vulnerable. I think the addition of her story added a richness to the book that would have been noticeably lacking without her. The plot was gentle paced and allows you as a reader to be immersed in the Australian outback. Simply, a nice happy read.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼ ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼4￼￼￼/5 teacups
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