Feature book: Country at Heart
Summer Milton has grown up in far north Queensland and has led a privileged life. She is an only child. Her domineering father and mother both insist on knowing what is best for Summer, including who she should marry and what she should do for a living. Summer is into yoga and nature, has a best friend, Fiona, and a loving pet miniature dachshund, Fonzie. Summer is just home from university at Christmas time, and in the New Year, she plans on opening a yoga studio. She is also moving out of her family home and in with friends. But when she gets to the family’s beach holiday house, she is greeted by her old boyfriend Marcus, who is also a family friend and the person her parents want her to marry. But Summer is not interested in him. After a night of partying, Summer wakes up with Marcus, not remembering what has happened the night before, and is in a state of shock. On the beach, trying to work out what has happened, she meets a man she is instantly drawn to—never has she felt this way before—and a friendship begins.
Dean Townsend is a soldier, home on leave at the moment from Afghanistan where he works with his explosive-detection dog, Indy. He has always been close to animals and has a horse, Harley, which he takes for walks along the beach close to his family property, Whispering Meadows. He has recently lost his mother in an accident, and his father is not coping, but he is home for Christmas and eager to spend time with his family and pets while helping with the trail riding company the family runs. He has seen lots during his time in the war, and his best friend is still in the hospital in a bad way. Life is hard for Dean at the moment, but while taking Harley for his walk along the beach, he comes across a beautiful woman in some distress and offers her a shoulder to cry on. There is such an instant bonding that he is shocked.
Their first meeting is amazing. It is like they have known each other forever, and neither can believe the pull between them. It is like a piece of string has been looped around them to join them. This starts a journey that has many ups and downs to conquer, as Summer’s parents, especially her father, interfere, but it also brings Summer and her mother closer. It takes a bit to get to this awesome HEA, but it is a journey that is well worth it because so many people are made happy.
I loved this story, but be warned. You will need tissues close by as you read this emotional and moving romance between soul mates who were always meant to be together. Beautifully written, the characters are so strong and believable, and all of the pets in this story added to it. I do highly recommend this story. This is the first one of Ms Magro’s books that I have read, but it won’t be the last.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment by 9 September 2015 will go into the draw to win a copy of the book. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Malvina.)