AUTHOR: KARLY LANE • CATEGORY: AUSTRALIAN RURAL FICTION / ROMANCE • PAGES: 469
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When city naturopath Rilee Summers meets gorgeous farmer Dan Kincaid, sparks fly. A whirlwind romance follows, and the next thing Rilee knows she’s married and living on her husband’s family property in a small rural community.
Never one to shy from a challenge, Rilee is determined to win over her in-laws and the townsfolk of nearby Pallaburra, but her city ways and outspoken views only seem to alienate her further.
Opening her own naturopathy practice has always been her dream. Although Pallaburra isn’t Sydney, and despite the fact she’s not exactly inundated with new clients, she’s not ready to give up. Things get even worse for Rilee when she champions the issue of teen pregnancies in the deeply conservative town.
Worn down by the ill-will towards her and what she sees as Dan’s lack of support, Rilee flees the station to think about the future. Can her marriage survive – or is she destined to leave Dan and move back to the city?
Six Ways to Sunday is a rip-roaring tale about a woman determined to stand up for her convictions even at the risk of jeopardising the future she envisaged with the man she loves.
This is a great piece of Australian Rural fiction that touches on very real issue and has a lovely romance at its centre. I love Rilee and Dan as a couple (even if Dan needs to tell his mum to back the hell up). They are so different in their up bringing and views but are clearly the best versions of themselves when they are working together. I must admit that while I enjoyed their love story, one of my favourite things about this book was the town of Pallaburra.
The town is quintessential rural Australia with an if it ain’t broke don’t fix it attitude… Even if it is broken. This town and its issues spoke to me because Lane could have been writing about the town I grew up in. Where I am from teen pregnancy was so engrained in the fabric of the town that it wasn’t even such a shock when happened. Personally I never experienced it, but that was probably due to the fact that my mum booked me into the Dr when I was 17 to go on the pill. Sounds extreme maybe, but maybe not considering I am one of three children and both my sister and sister in-law fell pregnant at 18. A girl had a baby at 16 in my sisters class, another did her final year of school over two because she was pregnant. One of my friends was pregnant before we finished school… These are just examples, there are more. Like Pallaburra contraception was so very hard to come by when I was growing up. My town made national headlines (there was a story on the Today show) because condoms were only available over the counter from the pharmacy (don’t even consider the morning after pill!). What an amazing thing to become famous for. People, can you imagine how many teenage boys would walk into the local pharmacy and ask for condoms… None that’s how many. So the issues Lane highlights in Six Ways to Sunday are real but unfortunately probably not as easy to fix as you can in the pages of a fiction novel.
I never considered it before but she also touches on another relevant fact that a lot of time in small communities the people who are on all the “boards” and are a part of all the “associations” that address town issues do not have children in town. I know this was the case for me growing up. All of their children were shipped off to the finest private schools that Sydney has to offer so why would they care about the issues of the town youth? These are important issues that the book draws on and it adds to the deeper understanding of the communities psyche.
Overall I found that Karly Lane has an uncanny knack for truly capturing the spirit of rural communities in this novel and her writing spoke to me on so many levels. She clearly has a love for rural Australian and Six Ways to Sunday is a great addition to her ever-growing catalogue of compelling Australian stories.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ 4/5 teacups
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