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Red Sand Sunrise: Animal Planet Bk 6
Red Sand Sunrise: Animal Planet Bk 6
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking but Heartwarming, 13 Aug. 2014
We all know that one person, the one who if something bad is going to happen it will happen to them. In Fiona McArthur's Red Sand Sunrise that woman is Dr Callie Piper. Before you even get to the first chapter poor Callie finds out (within a few minutes of each other) that her husband is not only leaving her, but also having a baby with his new girlfriend, and that her beloved father has suddenly died. Her once orderly life is suddenly sent into a tailspin as she heads back to home at Red Sand in outback Queensland to be with her mother and meet her 2 half sisters for the first time.

But as is the case is most outback towns, there isn't time to sit and mourn, because Red Sands is desperate for medical help, especially for their pregnant 'locals' and if town matriarch Blanche McKay gets her way (which she usually does) the talented Wilson sisters may just be the ones to save their women.

With plenty of heartbreak (I wont spoil it but really - how much can poor Callie take?)but lots of good country warmth Red Sand Sunrise will leave you a warm feeling and while this is a novel anyone who has read books like Nurses of the Outback you will realise how well researched and realistic this book is.

This is the first of Fiona's books I have read but I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of her work. Normally a book like this wouldn't of taken me so long to read but I kept getting interrupted! It was, despite the topics it covered, an easy, well flowing read.

The Recruit (MTG Agency Book 1)
The Recruit (MTG Agency Book 1)
Price: £3.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh new face in YA Books, 18 July 2014
I'm already a huge fan of Fiona Palmer's Rural books and this YA book is a total depature from her normal books but I was willing to give it a try.

Have to say SO GLAD I DID! This was a great book and I'm soooo happy its just the start of a new series.

The Recruit is about Jaz, almost eighteen, in her final year at a fancy Perth High School and spends all her spare time working and working out at 'The Ring' everything from boxing & karate to yoga. She has two best friends, Anna who lives a few doors down and Taylor, the High School Heart Throb who Jaz which would notice her as more than a friend. Things are going relatively calmly in her life until Ryan walks into The Ring. Suddenly this hot mysterious 'bouncer' is everywhere and has a proposition for Jaz that could change her life. She soon learns that not everyone is what they seem and sometimes what we think want in life isn't what we need.

But is Jaz up to the challenge and can she lie to those who she really cares about?

This is a great read, not just for YA and in parts keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing. You just want to sit down and read it all in one go. I'm so glad that Fiona is going to turn this into a series. I'm hoping it comes out in print.

Don't Fence Me In: Grassroots Wisdom From a Country Gal
Don't Fence Me In: Grassroots Wisdom From a Country Gal
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Book, 28 Feb. 2014
This is truly a 'treasure' of a book (pun intended!)

Rachael Treasure who, to quote an incident from this book is the 'godmother' of Aussie Rural Authors, has branched out from her usual brilliant Rural Novels to impart us with some home grown, grassroots Aussie Cowgirl wisdom. Even if your not a farm girl (or even one at heart) this little gem of a book has something for everyone.

I have to admit when I finally got a copy of this book my mum actually borrowed (stole) it off me and read it first, I had to keep telling her to stop 'spoiling' it for me by reading out tasty titbits but its just that kind of book. With everything from sustainable farming to hugging your kids (something we practice in my family!) this is the kind of book you will go back to time and again.

This book will make a perfect present for your daughter, your mother, sister, your best friend.... yourself. Just do yourself a favour and get a copy!

Silver Rain
Silver Rain
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Jan Ruth!, 24 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Silver Rain (Kindle Edition)
While Silver Rain is set in Wales it could easily be set anywhere in the world. Silver Rain tells overlapping stories of middle life Kate and Al who find themselves in very different situations in their lives. Kate's second husband has recently died and she goes to visit her sister-in-law while trying to get her head around whether or not she actually loved her husband, what she is going to do about her hopeless sister and who is going to look after her ageing mother. Poor Al couldn't be more different, while he is still finalising his divorce this ladies man has found himself a young professional girlfriend and thinks life is all good. They cross paths in the ramshackle farm her sister-in-law calls home, which happens to be Al's family home 'Chathill Farm' but his (adopted) brother George is none to happy to see him. Will these too opposites become friends (or even more) or are they just too different (I'm not going to spoil it and tell you!)

Jan skilfully tackles many issues faced by middle-aged people everywhere such as dealing with aging parents, downsized jobs, failing marriages, and awkward dates in Silver Rain and she does this so realistically, even with a few well placed laughs as well as some heart in your throat moments.

This story does change between Al & Kate's stories but there is no overlapping boring bits like some in this style do and flows quiet easily. I wanted to sit and just read it but kept getting rudely interrupted, but it was quiet easy to just pick up where I left off.

Eliza's Home: A Cypress Hollow Novella
Eliza's Home: A Cypress Hollow Novella
by Rachael Herron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Cypress Hollow - the journey begins, 18 Dec. 2013
If you haven't read the Cypress Hollow series this is a really great introduction and once you have read it - get a hold of the whole series and start reading because what are you waiting for???

I have read the series and loved how this gave a background into Eliza, who is the thread (pardon the pun!) of the whole series, and helps fill in the little gaps. Its also how the love story between Eliza and Joshua started which is just so sweet. And the way Rachael describes the little things in this story just bring it to life - I could totally picture the house as they were building it, all the little touches it was lovely.

I only have one thing negative to say - this is a Novella - I could of kept read a lot longer, I wanted to know more about Eliza and Joshua. I love this series and I hope there will be more

Midnight Sky (The Midnight Sky Series: 1)
Midnight Sky (The Midnight Sky Series: 1)
Price: £0.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Jan Ruth!, 24 Oct. 2013
Midnight Sky is set between the UK City of Chester and the small Welsh country town of Rowen with two sisters as opposite as the towns themselves. Laura Brown is a creative interior designer with a swish city apartment and glamour stylish partner and the seeming "perfect life" her sister Maggie lives in a small country town with a workaholic slob of a husband, a feral almost 18 year-old daughter Jess and a younger autistic daughter her life seems to be stuck in limbo - she thinks life would be easier in Laura's shoes. But things are never as they seem on the surface and Laura's life quickly seems to be running away from her quicker than a high spirited Mare. So when the opportunity to renovate some rundown country cottages at the local horse ridding stud comes up she jumps at the opportunity - even if the broody owner Mr James Morgan-Jones seems to be causing more headaches for her than her partners soon-to-be ex-wife. Thrown into the mix a conniving ex, hormonal teenagers, some feisty horses and very present deceased wife and life is never boring for the Brown sisters.

This story has lots of emotional twists and turns, much like the amazing scenery Jan describes in her book. It has characters you will love and hate - ones you want to smack and hug in equal measures. I won't ruin the ending but have to save I was very happy with the ending!
Wild Water The Long and the Short of it. White Horizon

Wild Water (The Wild Water Series: 1)
Wild Water (The Wild Water Series: 1)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Water - Great Ride, 25 Aug. 2013
This is the first of Jan's books I have read and I have to say I'm already looking forward to reading more.

The characters in Wild Water are so realistic you could imagine buying real estate off Jack, eating cakes and gossiping with Anna & Hill and wanting to smack some sense into Patsy. Jan's vivid descriptions of the locations help bring the story to life and reading Wild Water it's like the movie is playing in your head.

Wild Water is the story of over worked Real Estate Agent Jack Redman, who suddenly finds his idyllic life falling apart around him. Just when all seems to be lost bumping into his childhood sweetheart Anna things start to look up for Jack. But life is never that easy and this story will take you on the emotional rollercoaster of Jack's life.

Wild Water will have you holding your breath with anticipation of what will happen next, and sometimes wanting to give some characters a good "clip across the ear" - just like your own family.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wild Water and look forward to reading more of Jan Ruth's stories in the near future. While ultimately it is a love story - you wont be embarrassed to let your mum borrow it after you have finished.
If you haven't already do yourself a favour and check out Jan's other books: Midnight Sky White Horizon The Long and the Short of it.

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