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First Chapter, First Paragraph: The Drifter by Anthea Hodgson


Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Introsto share the first paragraph sometimes two, of a book that she’s reading or planning to read soon.

When Cate Christie has left the city, she had known it wasn’t going to be for good. And when she drove her tiny car through the vast, open paddocks of wheat and sheep, she knew that she wasn’t going to stay. That this was just temporary. And she knew that, no matter the distance between her and the bright, shining lights of the city, Brigit was still dead, and that she was going to be dead forever.

the-drifterThe Drifter by Anthea Hodgson

Cate Christie is a party girl, unable to commit to anything, until she is involved in a tragic accident that changes everything. To escape her guilt and her parents’ bitter disapproval, Cate leaves Perth for her aunt Ida’s isolated farm in country Western Australia.

Henry is a drifter, a young swagman-like character who wanders onto the Christie family property and takes up residence in a disused shed. With secrets of his own, the last thing he wants is to get tangled up in Cate and Ida’s lives.

Against their own better judgement, the fates of Cate and Henry and Ida inexorably intertwine and they learn to face the realities of life, death and letting go.

A witty, charming and moving debut rural romance about what makes a good death and, more importantly, what makes a good life.

Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?


Review: The House on Burra Burra Lane

the house on burra burra lane - jennie jonesThe House on Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Source: paperback copy courtesy of publisher

I was just in the mood for some light reading after some classics & literary works. The House on Burra Burra Lane definitely fits the bill and lightened up my day. An easygoing and entertaining read with (of course) an HEA are requisites for an Aussie outback romance to my mind. I found all these in Jennie Jones’ debut.

I loved the opening of the book –a massive pig, a damsel in distress, a down-to-earth-knight-in-shining-armor… It was funny. It was electric. It sets the tone of the book. Samantha Walker is truly a likeable character; a city chick after a treechange with an all-can-do attitude. Ethan Granger might have chosen a solitary life after some disastrous past; somewhat reserved but still unable to not be around Sammy. This tension and secrets will keep you turning the pages until all is revealed.

The secrets or what I think it supposed to be the twist to the story, unfortunately, didn’t surprise me at all. I was actually a little disappointed to be proven right and wished there was something more unexpected. There was also one particular bit in the book which I thought was off; a particular usage of a word which I thought was out of place in this book though it might work well in a different type of romance novel. I was otherwise kept entertained enough to enjoy a light romantic fling in the outback.

The House on Burra Burra Lane is a light romantic read which will help smooth your day; perfect for the beach / poolside in the summer.

Thank you, Harlequin Books Australia, for copy of this book

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