AUTHOR: THE YEAR OF THE FARMER • GENRE: RURAL FICTION • PAGES: 323 • RRP: $32.99 • RELEASE DATE: 25th September 2018• PUBLISHER: PAN MACMILLAN
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In a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, war is brewing.
The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it’s all Neralie Mackintosh’s fault. If she’d never left town then her ex, the hapless but extremely eligible Mitchell Bishop, would never have fallen into the clutches of the truly awful Mandy, who now lords it over everyone as if she owns the place.
So, now that Neralie has returned to run the local pub, the whole town is determined to reinstate her to her rightful position in the social order. But Mandy Bishop has other ideas. Meanwhile the head of the local water board – Glenys ‘Gravedigger’ Dingle – is looking for a way to line her pockets at the expense of hardworking farmers already up to their eyes in debt. And Mandy and Neralie’s war may be just the chance she was looking for…
This book is very well written and but I wonder if the readership will be polarised by the subject manner. I grew up in small rural town and have family who are farmers so I understand the importance and intricacies of water allocation. This book centres around that topic and I am not sure if people outside of a rural background would understand the topic or find it interesting. It also has a lot of farming terms which again, I wonder if people will understand. I know what a chaser bin is, but I doubt my city dwelling friends would have any idea.
The story was almost subtle in this book and took backseat to intricacies of the town relationships. There are a lot of characters in this book and at times it was confusing. I think that people with an appreciation of a rural setting will enjoy this book and as a reader we are rewarded with a very intriguing ending!
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This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Happy reading x