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Feature book: Bottlebrush Creek

17 March 2021

Bottlebrush Creek by Maya Linnell

Subgenre: rural romance
Release date: 2 Jun 2020
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: ebook and print
Length: 343 pages
RRP: $12.34 (ebook); $29.99 (print)

This story starts with our hero and heroine having already met and had a child together. But like many people they are looking for the best opportunities for themselves and their daughter. Although Angie is not sure about moving so close to her somewhat interfering mother-in-law-to-be. It does have to be said that Rosa, the prospective mother-in-law, could be considered interfering but I guess it is a matter of perspective. Angie is an independent sort of woman, who like many takes on too much and wonders why she is so tired, and Rosa just does things even when Angie says no.

Rob Jones is a likeable type of man. He wants to do what is best for his family and being nearer to his parents says to him that it is all about family. Rob does try and take on things as he is the ‘man’ of the family, but he also has an underlying fear that he is not good enough, or more likely not man enough. He has had a bust up with his twin brother who also suddenly comes back into their lives after roaming the world.

Angie and Rob learn a lot of lessons as they try and make their new life together—renovating! It is their busy life and trying to make a new life together that leads to a strain in their relationship. Oh, and don’t forget the meddlesome Rosa. Angie learns some lessons around friendships too. Both Angie and Rob also learn to listen to each other and to work together, if they want to have their best life.

While this book started with Angie and Rob together and having started their family, the story is more about how the happy ever after is working for them. The real life. At times I wanted to shout at Rosa to just get out of their lives, at times I wanted to shake Rob for not communicating with Angie over important issues, and also for the times that he didn’t remember the small stuff, chickens anyone? But I also wanted to sit and have a chat with Angie about how she was taking on too much and taxing herself (is this just me doing too much, or everyone else?).

There were the funny moments like how Rob proposes to Angie, and there were the worrying moments like when Rosa has her accident as a consequence of Angie being upset. This story really reflects life with the happy events and moments and the tragic type moments that really make you think about family. The good thing for Angie and Rob is there is a happy ending.

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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