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My Thoughts On The Read
This series started well and just continues to melt hearts! The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis is a novella read, but it is another great story from the author.
Review copy received via Edelweiss
The Wildstone Series
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My Thoughts On The Love Coupon by author Ainslie Paton
The Love Coupon by Ainslie Paton was another superb addition to The Stubborn Hearts series that superseded my like for the first book of the series (The Love Experiment). I jumped at the chance to read an early ARC of this story (thank you Ms Paton) and was not disappointed. The characters of Flick and Tom were full of emotion that scorched on impact, and throughout the story, their dialogue and confrontations were comical and intriguing. The hilarity in some of the face-offs were downright laugh-out-loud and unexpected. I loved their sarcasm, their directness and their intensity. Their depicted ability to see the positives in dire moments was uplifting and an added page turner. Flick was like a tornado compared to Tom’s rigid, ordered self. But her tornado-like persona was a breath of fresh air to read. Tom’s persona change with every peeling of emotional layer in the story, further grabbing this reader’s attention. I did not want to put the book down. Rather, I wanted to keep reading the story, just to see what would happen next. I loved the story and the characters in equal measure and the secondary characters also held merit. The Love Coupon by Ms Paton was superb reading and unputdownable.
Early review copy received from the Author
The Stubborn Hearts Series by Ainslie Paton
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From the best-selling author of Third Time Lucky comes an intriguing, funny and romantic story about past lives and new beginnings.
When bestselling author, twenty-nine year old Hayley Stevens, walked in on her husband, Paul, and her best friend in bed together, she knew her life would never be the same again.
One year later, Hayley stowed her last bag in her much-loved Audi Coupe and said goodbye to the city. She was excited to be heading west to Lochway, a small colonial village sitting on the beautiful Macdonald River. Wanting peace and quiet, Hayley had impulsively bought a cosy sandstone cottage there surrounded by lush rose gardens, with a small overseer’s cottage – ideal for a writer’s retreat.
What she didn’t expect was the almost immediate ‘gift’ of a very noisy donkey named Errol. Nor did Hayley expect to meet her handsome new neighbour, Luke Mason, when she was covered in mud trying to drag Errol out of Luke’s dam. The strange thing was though that Luke seemed very familiar to her.
As Hayley slowly gains acceptance into her small community and starts writing again she becomes almost afraid of the inexplicable visions she sees. What does it all mean? And why does Luke refuse to listen to her?
Written with warmth and humour, Someone Like You is an intriguing, funny and romantic story about past lives and new beginnings.
Someone Like You by author Karly Lane is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.
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When high-flying veterinary specialist Magdalena O’Donnell’s car breaks down on a remote road outside her old home town, she has no idea how the stranger who comes to her rescue in a country pub is about to change her life.
Having brokered a fragile peace with his demons at last, ex-Afghan War pilot Mitch Stuart isn’t in the market for redemption. But when he steps outside his comfort zone to help a stranger in a country pub, he inadvertently opens the door to the ghosts of a woman and a white dog he thought he’d left behind him long ago.
Veterinary specialist Lennie O’Donnell and her beloved dog, Pesh, are taking a break from big-city life to help Lennie’s grandfather sell his old-fashioned rural clinic. Lennie has dedicated her career to healing those unable to tell her what’s wrong, but Mitch is a puzzle even she struggles to solve – or completely let go.
Meanwhile, back in Lennie’s old home town, another man of mixed messages, her high school crush Benji Cooper, is all grown up and looking at Lennie the way she always dreamed he would.
Can Mitch find the courage to let Lennie into his life? And with gorgeous, sunny, funny Benji waiting in the wings, is it a threshold Lennie wants to cross?
There’s also the matter of her grandparents’ unexpectedly fractured marriage to mend, and Lennie’s growing suspicion there might be more to the sale of her grandfather’s clinic than meets the eye.
High Country Hero by Holly Ford is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.
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