AUTHOR: NICOLE HURLEY-MOORE • CATEGORY: AUSTRALIAN RURAL FICTION • PAGES: 290
NOTE- I requested a review copy of White Gum Creek from the good people at Allen & Unwin in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy please click here.
Nick Langtree has lived reclusively on his farm, Winters Hill, ever since the tragic death of his wife. On the occasional trip into nearby White Gum Creek he keeps to himself and that’s the way he likes it. And though over the last six years the townsfolk have tried to reach out to Nick, he’s pushed them all away.
Whenever Nick comes into the Gumnut Bakery, Natasha Duroz tries to engage him in conversation when she serves him. There’s something about him that intrigues Tash, but she’s not sure if it’s because she feels sorry for him or there’s something more.
At last encouraged by the warmth of a few old and new friends, Nick gradually begins to re-engage with the outside world. Then, suddenly some minor vandalism on his farm escalates and odd things begin to happen on Winters Hill. Is someone out to hurt Nick or have his years of solitude been playing tricks on his mind?
This entrancing novel is about overcoming heartache and loss through the power of friendship and love.
Australian rural fiction is fast becoming my new favourite genre. The mystery, the romance, the setting… ahhh. I particularly liked the mystery element to this novel and it made up for the fact I found the romance to be a bit off.
Nick is a beautiful character. He has been through the most awful event you could imagine and he deals with it (or doesn’t deal with it) by hiding himself away from the world. It is enchanting to see how he come out of his shell and makes the decision to live again.
Now onto the romance. I just wasn’t feeling it. Personally, it felt clunky and predictable, but at the same time rushed. Nick and Tash had hardly interact together in the first half of the book, and spend that time with other people, so it was hard to feel invested in them as a couple. I understand what the author was attempting to do but I feel that there needed to be more interaction between these central characters to make the love believable.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼☕☕☕ 3.5/5 teacups
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