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Feature book: The Road Home

30 May 2012

The Road Home by Fiona Palmer

Lara Turner had grown up on the family farm Erindale in the small Western Australian town of Kulin, a few hours’ drive from Esperance, with a loving mum, dad and brother, Noah. She loved the farm and farm life with the wide open spaces, the glorious sunsets and all of the animals, native and farm. Lara was content to be there always but her parents had different ideas for Lara. Noah would have the farm and Lara would go to boarding school and then on to university to get a degree and make something of her life.

Jack Morgan had also grown up on his family’s farm but in New Zealand. When Jack turned 18, he had a fallout with his family over the farm and was sent away to work on another farm, but Jack was never happy there and decided to up and move to Western Australia. With a chip on his shoulder, he got into a bit of trouble but found his way to Kulin and found work on Erindale where he quickly became part of the family and Noah’s best friend.

Lara has done well for herself in the city of Perth. She has a great job as a financial planner and is happily working her way up the corporate ladder when her parents are killed in an accident. She goes home for the funeral but things aren’t the same. Noah takes on the farm and Lara returns to the city and her job. After a break up with her current boyfriend and a long chat with her girlfriends, Mel and Anna, and a phone call from Noah, Lara decides it is time for a trip back home to Erindale.

Lara arrives home at Erindale and is overwhelmed by the wonderful feeling that going home has on her. For the first time in a long time, she feels alive and refreshed. Noah introduces her to Jack and you can feel the sparks between them but Jack has been burnt by a city girl before and is not going down that path again, and to Jack, Lara is a city girl. After Noah explains his plans to sell Erindale and move to his future wife’s family farm Lara is shocked and dismayed. Erindale is in her blood and there should always be a Turner living there.

Lara makes a decision to buy Erindale from Noah and run the farm herself and, although scared, she is over the moon about the prospect of doing so. Noah asks Jack to keep an eye on Lara and help where needed and this causes lots of tension between them. Although a lot of the locals are supportive, many are not.

This is a very good well-written story and it makes you feel like you are on the farm, seeding and shearing. Jack and Lara’s journey to a HEA is fraught with lots of hurdles, including fires, snakes and worry about family. Lara gets Jack to remove that chip on his shoulder for a very emotional HEA. For those who love the Australian bush this is a great story.

reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

11 Comments
  1. aimskye permalink
    17 June 2012 5:09 pm

    Great review Helen. I haven’t read a lot of Aussie set books, this one has me interested. Think I’ve found another to be added to my TBR.

    Aimee

  2. 31 May 2012 6:06 pm

    It’s a lovely story, Helen. Fiona’s warmth and her love of the land shines through in her characters.

    • 7 June 2012 4:58 pm

      You’re so kind Helene! Looking forward to catching up with you all in August (and getting a signed copy of Burning Lies for my collection) x

  3. 31 May 2012 7:47 am

    Lovely review, Helen. I have this on my to-be-read pile. I’ve loved Fiona’s other books and expect The Road Home to be another wonderful read.

    • 7 June 2012 4:56 pm

      Now you have me worried Cathryn!! Hope you enjoy it. I’ve just got HotV back from my mum, I swear she hogs all the good book I get!! Can’t wait to start it 🙂

  4. Barbara permalink
    30 May 2012 8:53 pm

    good review Helen…. I love Aussie books and this sounds another good one

  5. Caitlin permalink
    30 May 2012 5:49 pm

    I’ve read this book, and it it amazing! You did an excellent job like you do with all of your books Fiona! Well done and thanks for the excellent reading! 🙂

  6. louiseforster permalink
    30 May 2012 12:00 pm

    Sounds like a great read, Fiona.
    Go Lara and watch out Jack 🙂

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