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The Mallee Girl by Jennifer Scoullar -a review

the mallee girlThe Mallee Girl by Jennifer Scoullar

A heart-warming new rural romance set in the Victorian High Country by the bestselling author of Brumby’s Run.

Armed with nothing but some loose change and her beloved dog Duke, Mallee girl Pippa Black has finally found the courage she needs to escape a dangerous relationship. Two cryptic words written on a paper napkin send her in search of the one person who might help her – a long-lost brother she has always dreamed of finding.

Pippa’s quest leads her to the remote town of Currajong, high in the beautiful Victorian alps. As a runaway seeking refuge among strangers, Pippa learns that she’s been mistakenly implicated in a shocking crime. She finds her way to Brumby’s Run, a wild-horse sanctuary, where she begins work assisting the enigmatic farm manager Levi, and becomes entranced by Thowra, a magnificent golden stallion who leads a herd of brumbies in the region. Both man and horse will teach Pippa more about herself than she ever thought possible – including when to run, when to hide, and when to stand up and fight.

Set among the majesty of the High Country snowgums, The Mallee Girl is a moving and heartfelt story about the power of love and the land to heal old wounds, and the freedom that comes in confronting your greatest fears.

Published 12 April 2022|  Publisher: Penguin Random House  |  RRP: AUD$32.99

Buy it at: Dymocks |  Booktopia |  A&R  |  Abbey’s  | QBD

My Blurb (4 / 5 stars)

I enjoyed Jennifer Scoullar’s novels as each one has some Australian environmental aspect which I can appreciate anew. This time, we are immersed in the world of wild horses. Not just any wild horses though, there were many references which reminded me of Elyne Mitchell’s Brumby series which I guess is the point as author is also a big fan. I wouldn’t call myself a horse person but the reverent and beautiful description of these horses make me feel that I could be.

The protagonist, Pippa Black, is easily likeable especially as she grew in leaps and bounds throughout the novel. Her romantic interest, Levi Goldstein, though is totally a keeper! While I found parts of the plot a little hard to believe and/or rather convenient for the overall plot, I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Such a feel good read that I’d highly recommend as we hide under our blankets these rainy days!

My thanks to Penguin Random House for this paperback copy of book in exchange of my honest thoughts

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Review: Northern Heat

northern heatNorthern Heat by Helene Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: paperback copy courtesy of publisher

Northern Heat was a fun and comfortable read. I purposely chose this book to accompany me on my first back at work so I have something to look forward to in the cold and dark morning train rides. It was a good pick as it was easy to read and drew me right into its world (which was fantastic, considering that we’re in the middle of winter whilst the book is set in the middle of a scorching summer).

The story opens on a hot and sticky morning in which Conor found himself an unwitting witness to a crime. As he isn’t a local and with his secret past, he easily became a suspect. Was he just at the wrong place at the wrong time or has his past found him at last?

Along with Dr Kristy Dark (Conor’s love interest), there are quite a few interesting characters and each with their own cross to bear. Kristy has recently settled in town; widowed and with a teen daughter, Abby, struggling to find their own feet. Freya looks polished at all times but yet lives in fear of her life and her children’s. These issues unravelled just as the weather broke and tension ran high.

I didn’t have a clear expectation of this book so I was surprised at being surprised with the romantic content. It was written a little more like what you’d expect in a romance novel with tensions running high between the two main characters and the way they described each other; I guess I really wasn’t expecting there to be that much romance. I do read (and love) my share of romance novels so I found this just as exciting as the mystery / suspense part of the story. If you’re not a fan of romance, this may not be the book for you though if you’re crazy about romance, you may be disappointed.

Thanks to Penguin Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review

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