Book Review! Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein

Rocking Horse Hill Book Cover Rocking Horse Hill
Cathryn Hein
Women's Fiction Romance
Penguin Group
23 April 2014
E-Book, Print

Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Wallace-Jones has loved Rocking Horse Hill. The beautiful family property is steeped in history. Everything important in Em's life has happened there. And even though Em's brother Digby has inherited the property, he has promised Em it will be her home for as long as she wishes.

When Digby falls in love with sweet Felicity Townsend, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Em worries about the future. But she is determined not to treat Felicity with the same teenage snobbery that tore apart her relationship with her first love, Josh Sinclair. A man who has now sauntered sexily back into Em's life and given her a chance for redemption.

But as Felicity settles in, the once tightly knitted Wallace-Jones family begins to fray. Suspicions are raised, Josh voices his distrust, and even Em's closest friends question where Felicity's motives lie. Conflicted but determined to make up for the damage caused by her past prejudices, Em sides with her brother and his fiancée until a near tragedy sets in motion a chain of events that will change the family forever.

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Book Review

A book of charming characters from Emily, Josh and Digby to the infamous Granny B, Rocking Horse Hill is a well written story set in South Australia, that has suspense, friendship, loyalties, family relationships and second chances all put to the test for each of the characters in the book. An enjoyable read that takes the steadfastly close Wallace-Jones family through challenges and circumstances that have you on edge in so many pages. Heart wrenching moments and tension that will keep your eyes to the book. Character stories intertwine to form one big story that was a phenomenal read.
4 Stars
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Story Summation
Emily Wallace-Jones lives on Rocking Horse Hill – she has done her entire life and she cherishes it. Although her brother Digby has inherited the land, he has let Em live there for however long she desires, so long as she keeps the place maintained.

Digby falls in love with Felicity, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and things start to change. Em fears about her future – her agreement with Digby and all that could be affected if he goes back on his word. Em is determined not to judge Felicity on where she came from, like she did to people when she was a teenager. The snobbery in her youth ripped apart her relationship with her one true love Joshua Sinclair so she strives never to be like that again.
With Josh making an appearance back in Emily’s life once again, Em see’s it as a way of fixing her past wrongs towards Josh.

The once close family of the Wallace-Jone’s starts to come apart as Felicity makes her presence known in subtle ways – suspicions are raised, thoughts aired and tensions rise. Emily is determined not to pass judgement until all the facts are clear. A near tragedy sees the family at breaking point where a confrontation sets in motion a chain of events that could have tragic consequences.


“He leaned in close and lowered his voice to a tease. “Granny B, are you flirting with me?”
She cocked her head and considered. “Do you know, I think you’d rather like it if I was.”
“You bet I would.” Joshua Sinclair and Granny B from Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein

About The Author

imageCathryn Hein was born in South Australia’s rural south-east. With three generations of jockeys in the family it was little wonder she grew up horse mad, finally obtaining her first horse at age 10. So began years of pony club, eventing, dressage and show-jumping until university beckoned.

Armed with a shiny Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) from Roseworthy College she moved to Melbourne and later Newcastle, working in the agricultural and turf seeds industry. Her partner’s posting to France took Cathryn overseas for three years in Provence where she finally gave in to her life-long desire to write. Her short fiction has been recognised in numerous contests, and published in Woman’s Day.

Cathryn’s first two novels, Promises and Heart of the Valley were finalists in the 2011 and 2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards. Heartland is her third rural romance novel.

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