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Face the Wind and fly (The Heartlands Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Her professional life is hectic as she deals with feelings. arguments, and counter arguments, accepting that she will win over some villagers but will never reach others including a very attractive local gardener who has a very personal reason for not wanting the turbines.
And here our thoroughly modern woman finds herself faced with a very old problem. Why is she so drawn to this man when she is happily married - or is she?
The writing is intelligent, especially when Ms Harper is painting the stunning scenery for the reader or presenting the arguments for having wind power. We meet a host of beautifully-drawn local inhabitants including Kate's teenage son and the dog, Wellington.
For or against wind power? You will still find this a thoroughly good read.
While the subject matter of the novel is bang up to date, the problems of relationships, life/work balance and adolescence are perennial. Ms Harper deals with these issues so realistically that the reader is drawn into the lives of Kate, her friends and those she loves. The dialogue is sharp and naturalistic and the characters colourful and realistic. And the love interest in the shape of the wonderfully named Ibsen Brown, a local horticulturalist is brilliant. After all, the man is into gardening, owns a gorgeous dog called Wellington and has a very sad back story - what's not to love?
I look forward eagerly to reading the author's next novel!
Kate Courtenay is a wind-farm engineer, an occupation that brings out strong feelings from all concerned, particularly when a new wind-farm is planned in her own back yard. She has also to contend with her grumpy teenage son Ninian, best friend Charlotte's sudden coolness, novelist husband Andrew's suspicious behaviour - and her burgeoning feelings for gardener Ibsen Brown. Ibsen (great name for a hero) is called after the playwright (appropriately, Henrik Ibsen wrote Enemy of the People about a community in conflict over a proposed development). A page-turning read about `a strong woman under pressure'; I look forward to Jenny Harper's next novel under this banner.
At heart it is a classic romance of 'will they, won't they': with the protagonist of the piece torn between wanting to make her marriage work or to follow her heart to be with a man who seems to be the complete opposite of her husband.
The heroine, Kate Courtney, is a strong, career-driven woman who is placed in the invidious position of leading a work project to implement a wind farm in the conservation village where she lives. The project causes mayhem for her both at work and at home. She begins to realise that her husband is not all that he seems and she becomes involved with the local gardener, Ibsen, whom she is strongly drawn to despite their many differences.
Jenny Harper paints a beautiful picture of the burgeoning romance between Kate and Ibsen, without losing sight of how difficult it is to lose the comfort and familiarity of married life. She creates highly believable characters and situations and it is easy to be drawn into the world of 'Hailesbank' with its colourful locals and beautifully described scenery.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book, 'Loving Susie' - the first chapter was at the end of this novel and looks equally as good as this one! More please from Ms Harper!
environment. Sub plots and personable characters draw the reader into
an engaging yet unusual kind of tale about opposites that attract.
Highly recommended to those who want romance with a difference. Can't
wait to read Jenny Harper's next book.
I cared about the heroine, Kate, and her gruff teenage son, Ninian. I was concerned about her husband's behaviour and I grew to know the rest of her community. I fell in love with the hero, Ibsen Brown, the moment he was introduced: `Ibsen Brown loved the weather.' What a cracking name - and what a lovely character.
A very satisfying read.
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Absolute rubbish, patronising and smug. Totally unlikeable main character, obviously based on the authors business background. Full of cliches and innacuracies. Read morePublished 18 months ago by countrygirl
Set in the village of Forgie, this contemporary novel is a believable story of strong character and conflicting emotions. Read morePublished 21 months ago by up a gum tree
Good book good author and a nice story line ,lovely happy ending to a couple who are meant to be with one another , I would recommend this book to readersPublished on 29 Mar. 2015 by liz
Love Jenny Harper and looking forward to more Heartlands books.Published on 13 Mar. 2015 by D. C. A. Price
I loved this book. it was my perfect light read, with believable characters, a touch of romance, and the added bonus of a well-researched theme of the pros and cons of wind farms. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2014 by Deborah Swift
To a semirural suburb of Edinburgh, a season of change is coming. There will be upheavals personal, environmental, and community-wide. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2014 by Lornwal
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