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Feature book: Man Drought

22 May 2013

Man DroughtMan Drought by Rachael Johns

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.

  1. Yvonne Bartlett permalink
    23 May 2013 2:22 am

    Congratulations Rachel it sounds like a great book . What could be more Ausssie then the heroine taking on a small town pub. Looking forward to being drawn into reading about someone buliding a new life, a new relationship and friendships. Really enjoyed the review and all the positive comments above that tell me this is a must read.
    All the best,

  2. 23 May 2013 1:02 am

    looks like a really good book.It’s Australian too and we need more books like this

  3. helensibbritt permalink
    22 May 2013 9:10 pm

    Hi Rachael

    Love the sound of this one I need to add it to my TBR pile

    Have Fun

  4. 22 May 2013 6:09 pm

    Another great book from Rachel Johns! Of course. Congratulations Rachael!

  5. 22 May 2013 5:05 pm

    Have this on the ereader and I think I had better read it next. Congratulations Rachael

  6. Kylie Leusciatti permalink
    22 May 2013 4:49 pm

    LOVED IT!!!!! And would love to win a copy to share with my friends as they ARE NOT getting my copy!!!! Great read for all!!!

  7. Sandie permalink
    22 May 2013 3:17 pm

    I loved this book love reading about people finding there inner strengths , it drew me right in and read it in 2 days couldnt put it down so went and found your other book and read it in 2 days as well lol finally got round to the housework cannot wait for your new one you are working on to be released xx

    • 22 May 2013 3:57 pm

      Aw Sandie – you might just be my new favourite person!!! Sorry about the housework though, if it’s any consolation, I’m always WAY behind on mine 🙂

  8. 22 May 2013 2:10 pm

    Loved Man Drought with its rich cast of wonderful secondary characters as well as Imogen and Gibson. Fabulous story!

  9. Trudie Campbell permalink
    22 May 2013 1:50 pm

    Fabulous read! Drew me into the story right from the start 🙂 couldn’t put it down….. Would love a copy of my own as purchased it on my kindle…….Rachel Jones rocks!!! Now reading one perfect night 🙂

  10. Angela petty permalink
    22 May 2013 12:50 pm

    I have been lucky enough to meet Rachael, and get a signed copy of this book, its a fantastic read and I didn’t want it to end I would advise you to put it on your to be read list if you haven’t already you won’t be disapointed!

  11. 22 May 2013 12:25 pm

    Great job, Rach. 🙂 Sounds like an awesome read 🙂 And hilarious I’m sure. Can’t wait for Uni holidays so I can read all the books I want to read haha.

  12. Malvina permalink
    22 May 2013 12:19 pm

    Just the title is enough to perk my interest in this book! Thanks for the review … another one for my TBR.

  13. Patricia permalink
    22 May 2013 12:10 pm

    Love reading about small country towns. I take photos of old pubs and weatherbeaten buildings wherever we visit. Enjoy your books very much Rachael.

    • 22 May 2013 1:02 pm

      Oh Patricia – you and me both. Those old buidlings fascinate me. MAny drives through the country spotting derelict pubs was definitely strong inspiration for MAN DROUGHT!

  14. 22 May 2013 10:27 am

    Rachel, your book sounds fantastic, full of lots of of lovely conflict between the hero and heroine, which I adore. I look forward to reading it.

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