AUTHOR: ANTHEA HODGSON • CATEGORY: AUSTRALIAN RURAL FICTION • PAGES: 358
NOTE- I was sent a review copy of The Cowgirl from the brilliant people at Penguin Random House in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
Teddy Broderick is committed to her busy life in the country – seeding, harvest, shearing, and the daily milking of her grandmother’s cow – but she dreams of another life, in the world beyond the farm gate.
But just as she thinks she knows everything about her family, her grandmother Deirdre announces there is a house buried on the property, and archaeologist Will Hastings is coming to dig it up.
What is hidden in Deirdre’s childhood home that she needs to see again before she dies? What is preventing Teddy from living the life she truly wants, and will she ever find her freedom?
As Teddy and Will work to expose past secrets to the light,the stories they tell bring them together, and unearth a whole world of buried treasures.
I had such high hopes for this book but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. The cover is gorgeous and I love rural fiction but I personally felt the story was a bit flat.
In my opinion there just seemed to be too many pages where nothing of significance happened. Dig, find nothing, drink tea. And I am all for a cup of tea as you guys know but wow Teddy’s tea drinking is next level. I found the most interesting aspect of the story were Deirdre’s flashbacks but alas they were just too few and far between.
The other main aspect that I found difficult as a reader was Will. Sorry Will, you just didn’t do it for me. I know what he was meant to be, someone to push Teddy into change but I personally take issue with a man whose reaction to not getting his own way is either get drunk or, slam doors and speed off in a car and get drunk. Honestly after we learn more about Teddy’s back story I fail to see how Will is a good fit.
There were plenty of positives as well to the book. Like I said Deirdre’s story was great and she is a very strong character. The description of the landscape at times is beautiful- namely when they go on their picnic and, the comraderie between friends is inspiring.
This isn’t a bad book by any means, but there were just aspects that I personally didn’t like, this doesn’t mean that you will feel the same.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼☕☕☕ 3/5 teacups
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Happy reading x