Feature book: Man Drought
Rachael John’s second Harlequin rural romance shows that her talent continues to mature. In Man Drought she tells the story of Imogen Bates, a widow who relocates from Perth to become a pub owner in the small town of Gibson’s Find. Imogen is still grieving her husband and sees this new venture as an avenue to escape all the memories; however, it isn’t only a pub she finds in Gibson’s Find. As soon as she meets Gibson Black, she feels unsettled around him and this feeling keeps her on edge. The fact that he is the grandson of her barman and a local farmer keeps them running into each other and the tension grows.
When one of Imogen’s BFF’s goes into premature labour while at the pub, it is Gibson, a volunteer paramedic who delivers the child. The tentative connection they feel from this is strengthened when Gibson drives Imogen home from Perth the next day. The bond comes under immediate pressure on their return home. Both attend a boot camp session hoping to exercise away their feelings but this leads to their feelings exploding with them having sex.
Imogen is ashamed of her actions and finds herself questioning her actions and feeling disloyal to her deceased husband. Gibson also feels even more confused and is as adamant that he isn’t looking for a relationship. He tried once but after his first wife left, the last thing he wants to do is give his heart to another city woman who he feels will eventually want to return to the city.
Imogen’s decision to hold a ‘Man Drought’ weekend at the pub, inviting single city women to come and meet country men, only makes him more uncomfortable. When a storm interrupts Imogen’s weekend and Gibson’s grandfather goes missing, it is time for everyone to pull together and demonstrate true country spirit. When surprises are revealed lives are changed and new decisions have to be made.
Man Drought is a good story for Imogen and Gibson with some great twists and turns, however, it is also populated with other characters you will enjoy. This is a great book to curl up with this summer, to enjoy Gibson’s Find and to be reminded of Aussie mateship. Plus there is also a giggle to be had early on when you cheekily receive Gibson’s point of view on rural romances.
reviewed by Tracey T
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment on this review will go in the draw to win this book. The giveaway closes on 12 June 2013.