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Feature book: Country Roads

8 August 2018

Country Roads by Nicole Hurley-Moore

Subgenre: rural romance
Release date: 25 Jan 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: print and ebook
Length: 312 pages
RRP: print A$29.99 / ebook A$19.99

As Country Roads opens Matt Harvey is trying to rebuild his life after a car accident killed his fiancée, and badly damaged his leg. He decides to move from the city to a small, renovator’s delight cottage in the small country town of White Gum Creek, seeking a fresh start. Bec Duprey runs the family farm, Bluestone Ridge, next door. The first meeting between them doesn’t go well but as they continue to bump into each other, this begins to change.

Matt is busy, writing his book, renovating the cottage, and rebuilding his life as he settles into the community. Bec has virtually run the farm since her father was paralysed in an accident a few years ago. She provides all of the physical labour, and responds to the farm demands, but her Dad insists that all decisions, especially monetary ones, go through him, with him having the final say. This leaves her increasingly frustrated and then her life is further complicated when her ex fiancé, Zane Turner, suddenly begins pursuing her again. As a neighbour, it is difficult to avoid Zane. When town gossip also begins to swirl, Bec finds that spending time with Matt is what she needs, and they get closer as they open up to each other.

Yet Zane still keeps popping up at the worst times and her frustration boils over with her father. While Bec’s life is complicated Matt is feeling more at home and settled. He starts making long term plans and becomes more of a fixture in the town. Would Bec consider becoming a permanent part of his life? He supports her as much as possible, but can she have him and the farm?

This is a relaxing read which will have you cheering on the hero and the heroine as they navigate their journeys. The secondary characters are also a unique mix which will provide you with interesting insights. This book will have you emotionally invested in the characters and reacting to the events that impact on them. You will need to put aside some time to enjoy this story as you will want to enjoy every page without interruption. Ms Hurley-Moore has also now released the next book in the series if you want to continue the series.

Reviewed by Tracey T

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment on the blog by 22 August 2018 will go into the draw to win a copy of the book.

One Comment
  1. Yvonne Bartlett permalink
    10 August 2018 5:00 pm

    Congratulations to Nicole on the release of her book and thanks to Tracey for the review. Looking forward to this book with its interesting characters, country themes and showing a character responding to loss and grief.

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