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Beneath Outback Skies (Random Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Alissa Callen
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A captivating rural romance featuring an indomitable young woman determined to save her family farm, and the city-boy who is not all he seems...Paige Quinn will let nothing and no one distract her from caring for her wheelchair-bound father, Connor, and fighting for her remote, drought-stricken property, Banora Downs. Least of all a surprise farm-stay guest named Tait Cavanaugh, whose smooth words are as lethal as his movie-star smile. Except Paige can't help noticing that, for a city-boy, Tait seems unexpectedly at home on the land. And he does ask a lot of questions.It doesn't matter how much he helps out or how much laughter he brings into her life, she soon suspects he is harbouring a big secret - the real reason he has come to Banora Downs.FULL-LENGTH NOVEL

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1013 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Australia (30 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANG3YPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Alissa Callen isn't writing she plays traffic controller to four children, three dogs, two horses and one renegade cow who really does believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. After a childhood spent chasing sheep on the family farm, Alissa has always been drawn to remote areas and small towns, even when residing overseas. Once a teacher and a counsellor, she remains interested in the life journeys that people take. She also is partial to historic homesteads and country gardens and has been known to drive hours to see an open-garden. She currently lives on a small slice of rural Australia in central western New South Wales.

For more information please visit www.alissacallen.com or visit her face book profile or page.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good! 23 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant. Really got into the Australian outback reading this. Found it hard to put down and very engrossing once I'd got about 1/3 of the way into the story! Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 17 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book in the middle of winter, there was something very nice about reading a book set in hot sunny Australia whilst the snow was falling over the UK, though the drought conditions did make me think about how the grass is always greener! The book is set on a remote property, Banora Downs, part of a small, very rural community. I liked the sense of community within the book, whilst Banora Downs is a way out of the town its happenings are known by everyone in the town – something I can identify with a little.

The main thing you want from a romance novel is for the romantic leads to be great characters, and for you to really believe in the relationship. Beneath Outback Skies really doesn’t disappoint, whilst this book doesn’t fall into the insta-love trope that many romances use there is a definite sizzle from the first time Paige and Tait meet. I really liked the way their relationship evolved over the course of the book, it felt natural and very believable.

I was a little concerned when it became clear that part of the plot hinged on a secret that Tait was keeping from Paige, I’ve read books where this isn’t handled well – I normally end up a bit of a nervous wreck by the end of the book. I didn’t need to have worried though, it’s handled really well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s one of the better romances I’ve read in the last couple of years. I shall definitely be keeping an eye on the other books brought out on the Random Romance list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - loved it 21 April 2013
By Margar
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really got into this one. It's a great read and the characters are believable and really well portrayed. No problem getting to the end. The story flowed and the romance was brilliant. I loved the Australian location, really dramatic. Haven't read such a good book for ages! Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beneath outback skies 7 April 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Paige Quinn and her father occasionally take farm-stay guests on their outback station, but the prolonged drought has left them short of everything from money to water. Tait Cavanaugh, business owner, arrives looking for quiet and somewhere to park his laptop, and against her better judgement Paige agrees to host him. With her father using a wheelchair after a tractor accident she has to do the physical work herself.

The land is parched red-brown, cattle suffering, wheat failing; farmers have given up the struggle and the nearest town is quieter each year. But the station owners have their pride, and Tait can't help but offend Paige as he offers to pay for all the groceries. Tait has a secret commission from the girl's father to draw up a station management plan, and he's not sure why a lovely young woman would commit herself to life miles from anywhere. When he asks about drought proofing and ventures into emus, alpacas and olives, Paige gets suspicious that he knows too much for a city boy.

Details fill every page showing us Aussie life, from Akubra felt hats to red heeler cattle dogs, ute vehicles and esky cold boxes for food. School is taken in front of a screen at home, casualties are flown to hospital, shower water is poured over pots of herbs. To assist positive mental health, each month a district drought relief worker provides meat, bread and beer to bring families to socialise over a barbecue.

Alissa Callen writes with conviction and introduces us to her world, a contrast to busy Sydney, and makes us care about her characters. Tait has secrets which draw him to the desolate abandoned homesteads. Paige usually wears old jeans and dust, scented with diesel instead of perfume.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the Outback SKy 1 Feb 2013
By Beth H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Paige Quinn has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Returning home to care for an injured father, Paige has taken on full responsibility for the family farm. That is no small task but it is compounded by a severe drought. Paige's father decides that he's tired of watching his daughter suffer and secretly employees Tait Cavanaugh (farm consultant). Tait arrives under the ruse of a paying lodger on vacation.

The chemistry between Tait and Paige is almost immediate, but Paige has serious "city boy issues" and Tait has secrets. While Tait devises a plan for Banora Downs, Paige's family farm, he is secretly investigating into his own past. If his secret is revealed it might destroy any chance he has to full fill his mother's last wish.

Beneath Outback Skies is a wonderfully sweet slow building romance novel. I was fascinated with the story and this totally new culture (way of life) that is completely new to me. Alissa Callen pulled me into this fabulous story, letting me watch, getting emotionally involved, while it grew into this beautiful tale. Don't miss this sweet, home town romance! 4 stars.

This ARC copy of Beneath Outback Skies was given to me by Netgalley and Random House Australia in exchange for a honest review. Publish Date February 1, 2013.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beneath Outback skies 21 May 2013
By Clare O'Beara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Paige Quinn and her father occasionally take farm-stay guests on their outback station, but the prolonged drought has left them short of everything from money to water. Tait Cavanaugh, business owner, arrives looking for quiet and somewhere to park his laptop, and against her better judgement Paige agrees to host him. With her father using a wheelchair after a tractor accident she has to do the physical work herself.

The land is parched red-brown, cattle suffering, wheat failing; farmers have given up the struggle and the nearest town is quieter each year. But the station owners have their pride, and Tait can't help but offend Paige as he offers to pay for all the groceries. Tait has a secret commission from the girl's father to draw up a station management plan, and he's not sure why a lovely young woman would commit herself to life miles from anywhere. When he asks about drought proofing and ventures into emus, alpacas and olives, Paige gets suspicious that he knows too much for a city boy.

Details fill every page showing us Aussie life, from Akubra felt hats to red heeler cattle dogs, ute vehicles and esky cold boxes for food. School is taken in front of a screen at home, casualties are flown to hospital, shower water is poured over pots of herbs. To assist positive mental health, each month a district drought relief worker provides meat, bread and beer to bring families to socialise over a barbecue.

Alissa Callen writes with conviction and introduces us to her world, a contrast to busy Sydney, and makes us care about her characters. Tait has secrets which draw him to the desolate abandoned homesteads. Paige usually wears old jeans and dust, scented with diesel instead of perfume. A billabong attracts birds and snakes, kangaroos and feral dogs - but it's irresistible for a swim. Under the spell of the water Tait predictably kisses Paige, and she promptly tells him she's not a one-roll-in-a-swag girl. Got to love that girl! I enjoyed every page as will any fans of sincere romance tales in well-described settings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride & Prejudice turns Country 24 Feb 2013
By Gecko Book Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this story of a strong only (surviving) child Paige who struggles to hang on to the family farm during an ongoing drought while trying to put on a brave face for her widowed father who was injuried in a farming accident. But when her father tries to make Pagie's life easier - and throws a bit of matchmaking into the mix as well sparks fly and not always the nice kind. A battle of wills between Paige and "city boy" Tait would make Jane Austen proud (this Darcy in wrangler jeans). This feel good book will make you smile, laugh and even tug at the heart strings. It also paints a very real picture of what its like for many who struggle to surive on our amazing country. Can't wait for Alissa's next book - and if you haven't read Alissa's novella "What Love Sounds Like" - you will love that too.What Love Sounds Like
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book blurb plays down the story, there is alot more to it than the blurb 5 Feb 2013
By ConfessionsFR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Written by Tash M
Originally posted on confessionsfromromaholics dot com (NOT FULL REVIEW)
ARC provided kindly by Random House Australia for reviewing purposes

Warning - There is a teensy little spoiler about who Tait really is ...

Paige Quinn has only one thing on her mind ... keeping the farm running, making sure that Banora Downs earns enough to keep them in the black and not to let her father know as she promised her mother before she died. Her father Connor is disabled and she is the only surviving child and is determined to keep the place in her family as it has been for generations on her mother's side and she's determined the family farm is not going to become one of the stats of the worst drought in years.

Needless to say, her father does know what is going on but he has his own plan as he is worried that his daughter is spreading herself thin and will lose the place to the bank. Connor goes behind her back and hires Tait. Tait is on a mission. He will pose as a guest, as the place used to take guests as a way to make money but gave up after one particular disaster. In reality, he owns a successful agriculture consulting firm and has been employed by Connor to form a plan to save the family home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and sweet... 1 Mar 2013
By Hazel Godwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Beneath Outback Skies is an Australian Contemporary Romance written by Alissa Callen.

The Review:
I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem. Impressed with the simplistic writing style, interesting characters and the sweet romance, I was able to lose myself in the stark imagery and enjoy this fun read.

Story, Characters and Plotting...
Taking place in the dry and scenic outback's of Australia, I could easily imagine and feel the struggle of the community, the people and specifically, Banora Downs, as it was left barren by drought and transformed from a thriving freehold to the desolate and parched dustbowl we now see. I empathized with the desperate farmers as they waited for a rain that seems to have abandoned them.

Paige Quinn is determined to keep her homestead, Banora Downs, from the fate of surrounding farms where farmers are forced to sell or abandon their properties which have surrendered to drought. She's also resolute in caring for her disabled father and keeping him from realizing just how severe the drought has affected their farm and declining livestock. Suffering the effects of a past relationship gone wrong, her trust is hard to earn and she's built walls to keep her heart safe. Her struggle and determination can be easily misunderstood as detachment but in reality, she feels under pressure to pull them out of a never ending work load before they lose everything. I really liked her character. She feels Banora Downs and her father are her sole responsibility as she tries to keep the promise she made to her mother. Her strength and spirit was admirable.

Not as oblivious as she think, her father, Conner, has other plans. Seeing the strain and all consuming life of the farm weighing his daughter down, he decides it's time to step in and take action. Announcing he's invited a paid guest to stay on their farm, he introduced her to Tait Cavanaugh.

Instantly disliking the city-boy, Paige tries everything she can do dissuade Tait from staying. But little does she know, he's part of her father's plan and he's not going anywhere.

Tait has personal business to attend while he's at Banora Downs and getting close the Paige is just one of the benefits.

I really enjoyed Tait. He was hard working, gentle and caring. Coming from the city, he saw firsthand the problems facing this community and he stepped in and tried to help in any way he could.

Paige and Tait weren't to terribly complicated and there was a bit of intrigue in the middle of the romance. I liked the fact there was an instant attraction but they didn't immediately fall into bed with one another. There was a slow build with conflict and tension. But, though this was a sweet story, I would have liked a bit more of a push-pull to enrich the plot and more romance to ignite the spark and chemistry between the characters.

The Wrap Up:
The story was well told and I loved all the unfamiliar references to things specific to Australia. This was a sweet and enjoyable read and my first time reading this author. I will definitely keep an eye out for future works from Alissa Callen.

NOTE:: A gifted copy was provided for an honest review by Random House Australia.
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