The English Oak

The English Oak
  • Author : Heather Reyburn
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 308
  • Relase : 2021-08-02
  • ISBN : 0645123412

The English Oak Book Review:

She had nothing left to lose. At least that's what she thought. Bronte Miller and her young daughter Madeline leave England and the only home they had ever known when they venture to Australia in search of a new life. A job as Governess on Tullagulla Station in the Queensland outback seems like a good place to start, however the heat, flies and long days of work bring unexpected challenges. As Bronte and Madeline settle into life on Tullagulla, the property is threatened by an unexpected rural crime wave and its residents band together to assist the stock squad. Then, just as a new relationship develops between Bronte and the local vet, a shocking secret is revealed and her life is once again turned upside down. Will she find the happiness she so desperately wants? Or will the hardships all be for nothing?

Peninsula Promises

Peninsula Promises
  • Author : Heather Reyburn
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2021-06-04
  • ISBN : 0645123420

Peninsula Promises Book Review:

Far from home and family, and with the threat of war looming. How can the promise of happiness ever be fulfilled? In 1930s New Zealand, stability and contentment are hard won, especially for a young wife and mother. When Alice Simpson agrees to move to a sheep farm on a windswept peninsula with her husband and children, the lack of a house, electricity, and a decent road weren't quite what she expected. As she struggles to adapt to the hardships and isolation, Alice relies on the exchange of letters with her sister to raise her spirits. While the beauty of her surroundings seeps into her soul, she encounters an intriguing assortment of animals and characters who bring colour to her days. But just as a sense of contentment creeps into her life, calamity strikes and long kept secrets begin to unravel ... From the bestselling author of the Tullagulla series comes another poignant tale of women beating the odds in rural Australasia.

The Dairy Farmer's Daughter

The Dairy Farmer's Daughter
  • Author : Sarah Williams
  • Publisher : Serenade Publishing
  • Pages : 220
  • Relase : 2018-11-28
  • ISBN : 9780648046325

The Dairy Farmer's Daughter Book Review:

In the heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland there is a vibrant community of farmers, artists and passionate people all trying to live the best lives they can. Love doesn’t always come easily but it is always worth fighting for. Justin would have preferred to stay in the city and pretend it was an ordinary day. A day that didn’t include a funeral for a father he’d barely known... Justin Wheeler is not a country boy. He could have been, if his mother had stayed married to his father and not moved back to the city when he was only a toddler. But now that his estranged father is dead and he has inherited the dairy farm, Justin finds himself considering if the life he is living is actually the life he wants. Family means everything to Freya Montgomery. She loves living on the land and helping to grow the family business. She knows how important agriculture is to their small hinterland community, so when Justin arrives in town and is offered a generous price from a housing developer to buy his property, Freya must convince him not to accept the deal and instead lease the land to her family. Will Justin choose riches over his heritage or will he find a love more valuable than all the money in the world? The Dairy Farmer’s Daughter is the first in an exciting new small-town series called “Heart of the Hinterland” by Bestselling author, Sarah Williams. "I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down, can’t wait to get the next one." "I thoroughly enjoyed this book, was laughing and sometimes crying while reading. Sarah portrayed real life characters with a strong storyline, wonderful reading, I'm sure you won't regret reading this book." "Sweet and sexy, and, at times, nail-biting..." If you like small town, country and rural romance from authors like Bella Andre, Melody Grace, Maisey Yates, Johanna Lyndsey, Nora Roberts and Diana Palmer then you'll love this short read. Similar in style to Barbara Hannay, Cathryn Hein, Annie Seaton, Fiona McArthur, Victoria Purman, Fiona Palmer and Tricia Stringer.

First Impressions

First Impressions
  • Author : Nora Roberts
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2020-12-08
  • ISBN : 9781250775832

First Impressions Book Review:

The Cedar Tree

The Cedar Tree
  • Author : Heather Reyburn
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 282
  • Relase : 2021-07-07
  • ISBN : 0645123404

The Cedar Tree Book Review:

Would you accompany your husband to a run down, sun scorched sheep and cattle station in outback Queensland to save your marriage? Grace Campbell agrees to do just that, buoyed by the belief that isolation and rural peace will repair her marriage and provide a good life for her growing family. But, as the ramshackle old homestead, shaded by an ancient Cedar Tree, unravels it's secrets, Grace is swept up in the harsh beauty of the outback and it's colourful characters. As if adjusting to a new and isolated lifestyle isn't enough, the handsome new owner of "Tullagulla" shows up and Grace is thrown into turmoil. Torn between the gentle stranger and her hot-headed husband, Grace is forced to confront her feelings and question her loyalties, while her love for Tullagulla further challenges her ability to make a life changing decision. When tragedy strikes, will a century old ghost help her or destroy her?

Heart of the Season

Heart of the Season
  • Author : Julianna Douglas
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 242
  • Relase : 2015-07-29
  • ISBN : 1515150968

Heart of the Season Book Review:

With a little help and a holiday miracle, can a determined animal rescue worker find and save a missing dog in time to give a wounded warrior the Christmas he desperately longs for?Jeannie Montgomery runs an animal shelter in Kabul, where she not only rescues strays, but also helps Western military personnel bring their newfound pets home when their tour of duty is up. Jeannie's heart nearly breaks when she receives an email from a stateside marine, pleading for her help with finding his dog. As she begins communicating with him via Skype, an instant attraction sparks between them, strengthening Jeannie's resolve to do whatever it takes to fulfill his Christmas wish.Zachary West lost his leg in an IED blast in Afghanistan. Since returning to Phoenix, he's been living in self-imposed isolation, hiding his scars from the world, but he hasn't forgotten the furry friend whose warning saved his life. More than anything, he wants to have Akilah home with him in time for Christmas. Jeannie seems to be the answer to his prayers. Her optimism and tenacity give Zach hope for Akilah, while her loving kindness helps heal his battered heart. He wants to believe that she's the one he's been waiting for all his life, but how can a gorgeous woman like her ever love a broken, scarred warrior like him?

Island of Dreams

Island of Dreams
  • Author : Jasminne Mendez
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 108
  • Relase : 2013-10
  • ISBN : 1493580884

Island of Dreams Book Review:

“My family has been forced to live like an island with no political party, president, or official language. We are not of any “new world” Columbus discovered. We are not Dominican enough or American enough to call either place home. We live and love with one foot on the ground and one foot in the sea.” This is how Jasminne Mendez describes what it was like for her to grow up a Dominican American military brat. Always feeling like a foreigner in both lands because people want to know “where you from,” and “how do you know Spanish?” In "Island of Dreams," author Jasminne Mendez, addresses these questions and their complicated answers in a multi-genre memoir that effortlessly blends poems and short stories to offer a glimpse into the challenges, joys, hopes, fears and disappointments she and her family faced being Dominican in America. Her work explores everything from the love/hate relationship she had with her hair and her mother, to the many memorable but sometimes unpleasant family vacations and holidays she shared with her parents, siblings, primos, tíos, y tías. These captivating stories and poems are about family, food, love, culture, self-discovery, assimilation, and the American dream. They are about a young girl who respects the richness and abundance of her cultural history, but who struggles to form her own identity because her Dominican values conflict with her American self and all she wants to do is find a place to call home. Join memoir-writer Jasminne Mendez in this luscious recalling of her family's multi-faceted sojourn of family ties and their meaning, glorious cooking and eating, belonging and not belonging, and so many other complicated forays into the storied past. Sarah Cortez, author, "Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston."Jasminne builds bridges between many worlds. Her potent voice conjures images of the Dominican Republican, Texas, Houston, the world. I've had the pleasure of seeing her perform in person. She is amazing in 3D. Actually, she performs in 6D-adding spirit, whimsy, and the future. She code-switches so brilliantly that you don't notice that she has jumped from Spanish to English to Spanglish to universal themes and back. Her work not only stands up on the page but takes on new meaning with potency, shattering barriers, breaking borders. This book will boggle your mind and thrill you. Tony Diaz, "El Librotraficante," founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

The Pepperina Grove

The Pepperina Grove
  • Author : Heather Reyburn
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 294
  • Relase : 2020-09-28
  • ISBN : 0648046362

The Pepperina Grove Book Review:

A milestone birthday. A job she no longer enjoys. And a marriage in tatters. When her world comes crashing around her, Louisa Crothers is torn between fighting for the life she knows-or choosing another path-one she had never considered. A holiday cottage on a Queensland sheep and cattle property catches her eye and Louisa heads west, searching for the opportunity to relive childhood memories, renew her passion for painting and allow the peace and serenity of the country to guide her decisions. While Louisa settles into farm life, disappointment and regrets fade as she becomes embroiled in the lives and loves of the Tullagulla residents. A chance meeting brings an invitation to help paint a mural on the local grain silos while an unexpected bond forms between Louisa and the solitary station hand with a Midas touch for horses. As heart-rending events unravel, Louisa is forced to appreciate the land and those who work with it and she finds herself questioning the value of her return to the city and all it contains. Will she find answers-and happiness? Or is it easier to cling to old habits and familiarity, leaving her rural memories nothing more than a dream? From the bestselling author of The Cedar Tree comes another poignant novel of women beating the odds in the harsh Australian Outback.

The Scent of Promise

The Scent of Promise
  • Author : Heather Reyburn
  • Publisher : Heather Reyburn
  • Pages : 314
  • Relase : 2021-12-22
  • ISBN :

The Scent of Promise Book Review:

A family farm, financial hardship, forgiveness, and fortitude. With her thirtieth birthday just around the corner and a dream promotion on the cards at work, rising show jumping star Hannah Simpson has the world at her feet—until a series of events changes her life forever. A disillusioned Hannah answers the call home to Fantail Ridge, the family farm in South Head, New Zealand, only to be shocked by what awaits her there. While having to deal with tragedy, she also faces a mountainous backlog of farm work and a financial emergency. When a handsome shearer turns up at the farm gate, he seems like an answer to her prayers ... except for his dubious history. Although undeniably capable, not to mention pulse-poundingly attractive, the last thing Hannah wants in her life is another man of questionable integrity. One disastrous relationship is more than enough to put a girl off men forever. But with no other options available, Hannah must recruit the shearer's help if she's to get the struggling, debt-ridden farm back on its feet. Could diversifying into flower growing be a solution? Or is she headed for a lavender-scented disaster that could see Hannah lose her home, her farming future, and her grandparents' hard-won and precious legacy?

Jewel in the North

Jewel in the North
  • Author : Tricia Stringer
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 576
  • Relase : 2018-04-04
  • ISBN : 1489246932

Jewel in the North Book Review:

1895. The Flinders Ranges are a beautiful but harsh landscape as Joseph Baker, a pastoralist in that unforgiving environment, knows all too well. For three generations his family have farmed the land, married and had children at their property at Wildu Creek, but now, struggling with hostility from the local community for his choice of wife, Joseph finds himself fighting to save not just his friends and family but his very existence. His son William has his own battles to fight: not only the drought that takes over the land but his own despair, as he faces rejection from the woman he loves. Meanwhile, a ruthless enemy will stop at nothing to take from William what he considers to be his. Could the vicious and cunning Charles Wiltshire be his nemesis? Or does another man, in a quest for the Jewel of the North, hold the key to his destruction? As the First World War looms on the horizon, two men struggle to survive both the elements and each other on a quest to find that they hold dear -- but only one will have the courage to stand strong.

Meet Clara Andrews

Meet Clara Andrews
  • Author : Lacey London
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 213
  • Relase : 2017-04-16
  • ISBN : 1521082669

Meet Clara Andrews Book Review:

Meet Clara Andrews... Your new best friend! With a love of cocktails and wine, a fantastic job in the fashion industry and the world's greatest best friends, Clara Andrews thought she had it all. That is until a chance meeting introduces her to Oliver, a devastatingly handsome American designer. Trying to keep the focus on her work, Clara finds her heart stolen by lavish restaurants and luxury hotels. As things get flirty, Clara reminds herself that inter-office relationships are against the rules, so when a sudden recollection of a work's night out leads her to a gorgeous barman, she decides to see where it goes. Clara soon finds out that dating two men isn't as easy as it seems... Will she be able to play the field without getting played herself? Join Clara, as she finds herself landing in and out of trouble, re-affirming friendships, discovering truths and uncovering secrets.

Dust On The Horizon

Dust On The Horizon
  • Author : Tricia Stringer
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Australia
  • Pages : 512
  • Relase : 2016-05-01
  • ISBN : 9781760374235

Dust On The Horizon Book Review:

From bestselling author Tricia Stringer, comes this compelling stand–alone historical saga, which can also be read as a sequel to Heart of the Country, the first book in the Flinders Ranges series. 1881 Joseph Baker works hard on his pastoral lease at Smith's Ridge, in the beautiful but harsh land of the Flinders Ranges. For Joseph this lease, lost to his family in the early days of settlement, offers a future for his young family and that of his Aboriginal friend, the loyal and courageous Binda. Joseph is a clever man, but it is a hard land to work and drought is once more upon the country. New arrivals to the small rural town of Hawker, Henry Wiltshire and young wife Catherine, open a general store and commission business. Unscrupulous but clever, Henry has plans to prosper from the locals' fortunes, and quickly makes powerful friends, but when he throws Binda's family out of his shop, his bigotry makes an immediate enemy of Joseph and a die is cast... Then the dark force of Jack Aldridge, a man torn between two worlds, crosses their path. Outcast and resentful, he wants what Henry and Joseph have and will stop at nothing to take it. As the drought widens and the burning heat exhausts the land, Joseph, Henry and Jack's lives become intertwined in a way that none could have predicted. In their final confrontation not all will survive. This sweeping historical saga takes us into the beautiful and brutal landscape of the Flinders Ranges and through the gold rush, following the fate of three men and the women they love. Men and women whose lives become intertwined by love and deceit until nature itself takes control and changes their destinies forever.

The Family Inheritance

The Family Inheritance
  • Author : Tricia Stringer
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Australia
  • Pages : 480
  • Relase : 2020-10-01
  • ISBN : 9781489270801

The Family Inheritance Book Review:

A toxic will plays havoc in the lives of three generations of women when they discover they have been living a lie. A keenly observed story of the danger of secrets, the legacy of betrayal and the power of family from a bestselling Australian author. Sometimes an ending is really a beginning ... Felicity Lewis's fiftieth birthday party in her newly renovated home, loving husband and daughter Greta by her side, is going off with a bang when disaster strikes. Her father, Franklyn, with his usual impeccable timing, has keeled over and died. For some members of the family, his wife Hazel for example, Franklyn's death is not the great loss it first appears to be. But when his toxic and inexplicable will is read out, it becomes clear that long-buried secrets are about to surface, starting with the astonishing reappearance of Hazel's long-lost sister. Indeed, Franklyn's death sets in motion a chain of events that will cause three generations of Gifford family women to question everything they hold dear - their relationships, their loyalties, even their identities. Until, that is, they choose to fight back against their dark inheritance ... A clever, sympathetic and thought-provoking look at how a legacy of lies can seep through the generations and poison all it touches, and how the truth can set you free.

Walking Home

Walking Home
  • Author : Sarah Cortez
  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Pages : 80
  • Relase : 2020-03-02
  • ISBN : 9781680032369

Walking Home Book Review:

This ground-breaking, mixed genre memoir journeys from the soil of Texas farmland near Floresville to the shrimpers’ nets of the Gulf Coast, near Matagorda. Three generations of Hispanic families are viewed through the faith-filled lens of the miraculous and the poignancy of dreams never realized. The journey continues to mid-twentieth century Houston, where what is done is as powerful as that which never happened.

Clara Meets the Parents

Clara Meets the Parents
  • Author : Lacey London
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 220
  • Relase : 2017-04
  • ISBN : 1520894511

Clara Meets the Parents Book Review:

Clara Andrews is back in this much anticipated sequel to Meet Clara Andrews! Almost a year has passed since Clara found love in the arms of delectable American Oliver Morgan and things are starting to heat up. The nights of tequila shots and bodycon dresses are now a distant memory, but a content Clara couldn't be happier about it. It's not just Clara things have changed for. Marc is settling in to his new role as Baby Daddy and Lianna is lost in the arms of the hunky Dan once again. When Oliver declares it time to meet the Texan in-laws, Clara is ecstatic and even more so when she discovers that the introduction will take place on the sandy beaches of Mexico! Will Clara be able to win over Oliver's audacious mother? What secrets will unfold when she finds an ally in the beautiful and captivating Erica? Clara is going to need a little more than sun, sand and margaritas to get through this one...

The Model Wife

The Model Wife
  • Author : Tricia Stringer
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 512
  • Relase : 2019-10-01
  • ISBN : 9781489270849

The Model Wife Book Review:

Even a good woman can be pushed too far...From bestselling author Tricia Stringer, this beautifully realised multi-generational family story looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be. Natalie King's life is full. Some might say too full. With her teaching job, a farm to run, three grown daughters who have not quite got a handle on things, a reserved husband and a demanding mother-in-law, most days she is too busy to think about whether she is happy. But her life has meaning, doesn't it? After all, she is the one person everyone depends upon. But when an odd gift from her mother-in-law - an old book in the form of stern and outdated advice for young wives - surfaces again, it brings with it memories she thought she had buried deep. Has this insidious little book exerted some kind of hold over her? Could it be that in her attempts to be a loving wife and mother, she no longer knows who she is? On a day when it seems everyone is taking her for granted, and as the ghost of a past betrayal rises, it becomes clear that even this good mother and model wife can be pushed too far ...

Heart of the Country

Heart of the Country
  • Author : Tricia Stringer
  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Pages : 512
  • Relase : 2018-03-26
  • ISBN : 1489228284

Heart of the Country Book Review:

Heart of the Country is the first book in an epic historical saga of three Australian families. Spanning several generations, this epic tells the story of the Baker, Smith and Wiltshire families forging their paths in a land both beautiful and unforgiving. Lives are intertwined by love and community then ripped apart by hate and greed but remain always bound to the land they love... 1846. Newly arrived from England, Thomas Baker is young, penniless and alone. Eager to make his mark on this strange new place called South Australia, he accepts work as an overseer on a distant sheep property, believing this will be the opportunity he seeks. But when Thomas's path crosses that of ex-convict, Septimus Wiltshire -- a grasping con man hell bent on making a new life for himself and his family at any price --trouble is on the horizon. But Thomas is made of stern stuff and his fortunes take a turn for the better when he meets spirited farmer's daughter Lizzie Smith, and soon he envisages their future together. But this land is like no other he has encountered: both harsh and lovely, it breaks all but the strongest. When his nemesis intervenes once more and drought comes, Thomas finds himself tested almost beyond endurance with the risk of losing everything he and Lizzie have worked for... even their lives.

Clara at Christmas

Clara at Christmas
  • Author : Lacey London
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 274
  • Relase : 2015-10-16
  • ISBN : 151901015X

Clara at Christmas Book Review:

With snowflakes falling and fairy lights twinkling brightly, it can only mean one thing - Christmas will be very soon upon us.With just twenty five days to go until the big day, Clara finds herself dealing with more than just the usual festive stresses.Plans to host the perfect Christmas Day for her American in laws are ambushed by her BFF's clichéd meltdown at turning thirty.With a best friend on the verge of a mid life crisis, putting Christmas dinner on the table isn't the only thing Clara has got to worry about this year.Taking on the role of Best Friend/Therapist, Head Chef and Party Planner is much harder than Clara had anticipated.With the clock ticking, can Clara pull things together - or will Christmas Day turn out to be the December disaster that she is so desperate to avoid? Join Clara and the gang in this festive installment and discover what life changing gifts are waiting for them under the tree this year...Praise for the Clara Andrews series -'Couldn't put it down...' Amazon Reviewer'Must read... would recommend to anyone... loved it!' Amazon Reviewer'Such a good book to escape in...' Amazon Reviewer'Loved the love story and the realness of Clara.' Amazon Reviewer'Very easy to get hooked on!' Amazon ReviewerThe other books in the Clara series are available from Amazon.

Meet Clara Morgan

Meet Clara Morgan
  • Author : Lacey London
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 226
  • Relase : 2015-07-04
  • ISBN : 1519013094

Meet Clara Morgan Book Review:

Wedding bells are ringing for Clara and Oliver in Meet Clara Morgan - the much anticipated, third installment in the Clara Andrews Series. When Clara, Lianna and Gina all find themselves engaged at the same time, it soon becomes clear that things are going to get a little crazy. With Lianna and Gina busy planning their own impending nuptials, it's not long before Oliver enlists the help of Janie, his feisty Texan mother, to help Clara plan the wedding of her dreams. However, it's not long before Clara realizes that Janie's vision of the perfect wedding day is more than a little different to her own. Will Clara be able to cope with her shameless mother-in-law Janie? What will happen when a groom gets cold feet? And how will Clara handle a blast from the past who makes a reappearance in the most unexpected way possible? Join Clara and the gang as three very different brides, plan three very different weddings. With each one looking for the perfect fairytale ending, who will get their happily ever after...

Clara in the Middle

Clara in the Middle
  • Author : Lacey London
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 228
  • Relase : 2016-09-22
  • ISBN : 1519012985

Clara in the Middle Book Review:

Clara is back in the next installment of the Clara Andrews series! It's been six months since Clara's crazy mother-in-law took up residence in the Morgan's spare bedroom and things are starting to get strained. Between bringing booty calls back to the apartment and teaching Noah curse words, Janie's outrageous behaviour has become worse than ever. When she agreed to this temporary arrangement, Clara knew it was only a matter of time before there were fireworks. But with Oliver seemingly oblivious to Janie's shocking actions, Clara feels like she has nowhere to turn. Thankfully for Clara, she has a fluffy new puppy and a job at her friend's lavish florist to take her mind off the problems at home. Throwing herself into her work, Clara finds herself feeling extremely grateful for her great circle of friends, but when one of them puts her in an incredibly awkward situation she starts to feel more alone than ever. Will Janie's risky behaviour finally push a wedge between Clara and Oliver? How will Clara handle things when Eve asks her for the biggest favour you could ever ask? With Clara feeling like she is stuck in the middle of so many sticky situations, will she be able to keep everybody happy? Join Clara and the gang as they tackle more family dramas, laugh until they cry and test their friendships to the absolute limit.