Feature book: McKellan’s Run
McKellan’s Run by Nicole Hurley-Moore
When Violet Beckett returns to her hometown of Violet Falls with her daughter, Holly, after the death of her estranged Grandfather she plans on renovating his house and building an events planning business. Both of these goals are expensive and her budget is tight. So when her ex-boyfriend’s mother contacts her for help in arranging his wedding, she has to accept. Her life becomes further complicated as her ex is Holly’s father and it only takes one meeting with his brother, Charlie, for Violet to start thinking perhaps she had a relationship with the wrong brother.
As the sexual tension grows and rumours start to circulate in town Violet does her best to concentrate on the wedding. Unfortunately when the bridal couple arrive in town they bring a whole new set of problems with them. The groom, Jack, begins to question his decision to get married and his relationship with both Violet and Holly, as well as Charlie. His bride, Celine, also proves to be a difficult bride and soon starts to treat Violet like the enemy.
Charlie admired Violet from afar when she was his brother’s girlfriend, but now she is free. He was settled on his family farm and now he is imagining how good it would be to have Violet and Holly living there with him. But is the relationship with Jack truly over?
Violet also finds it difficult living in her grandfather’s home and tries to work through her feelings around his decision to throw her out when she told him she was pregnant. Can she move on? This is also further complicated as she tries to deal with the pressure of the wedding preparations, building her business and conflicting messages from the bridal couple.
This Australian rural romance is an enjoyable read with two great leading characters, a gorgeous little girl, and some wonderful settings. Celine is a villain you will love to hate and you will find yourself continually turning the pages to find out what happens next. I highly recommend this book and as an added bonus you can pick up the story of Violet’s younger sister, Lily, when you’ve finished to read more about the McKellans and Bennetts of Violet Falls.
Reviewed by Tracey T
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment by 15 March 2017 will go into the draw to win a copy of the book.