Rural romance by Australian authors seems to be my go-to reads at the moment as I get to read this book one of a new series by an author I have never read before. This one was set in Victoria in a small town of Brockenridge. I very much enjoyed this read as you go two for the price of one in the romance line a second chance and middle age co-worker romance, but brought many things to this novel. The novel is full of many topics from Mean girls, grief, forgiveness, hope, duty, secrets, betrayal, friendship, acceptance, love, regret but most of a community.
We start this book in this past when Ruby Aston is still in school at Brockenridge. We get a small insight as to the depth of the small-town gossip that makes her leave her home suddenly one night. Eleven years later Ruby will return home for the most difficult days of her young life. She finds the place the same but also so different but still the roadhouse is still full of the people she loves and missed. She soon finds out her mother did more than just work and run the “The Watering Hole” roadhouse she own it and now it is Ruby’s. Will she sell it or keep it?
The day has finally come for Connor Delaney to return to the folds of his family and the family company as the New CEO of his father’s property development company of Delaney Corporation. The first development of the books is one locally, a new golf course and resort to be built just outside Brockenridge. Conner left straight after school to make a name for himself in the development industry without the help of his family’s name to which he has an achieved this goal. He has taken of the company but he is not home for long as this job will have him moving around the country just the way he enjoys it. Home has never been a happy place of Conner as the Delaney name has not been a popular name in the community as his father business grow his company without care and respect for the little people of the world. Conner is happy being on his own but when he finds out the one property that is still needed to the resort to go ahead belongs to the girl that stood him for a high school graduation ball, he may just need to take a different look at this life and business plans.
As both return home, they also remember the ones they left behind when they moved away to start their new lives.
Alisha Nathieson has had a very happy life here in Australia with her adopted parents, but she dreams of travel and finding her birth mother back in India. She feels she must stay to take care of her aging parents and she does enjoy her job at the Roadhouse just out of town. But when her friend and boss passes away it takes her for a surprise and makes her take a good restock of her life and plans. She wanted a husband, kids, to travel the world and to find her birth mother but at 42 years-old a few of these things might already be removed from her list anyway.
Can two women find their dreams at the same time as doing the right thing for everyone?
Will Conner be able to put his business first before anything/anyone else?
Ruby will learn more about her mother as she comes to terms with her death.
Will Alisha finally show her true feelings towards a co-worker or continue to live her life in the shadows?
This was a wonderful story with real characters experiencing real-life events in this great country of ours. The author has done a great job of entertaining us with these characters and at the some time having us wonder how maybe next to tell us their story in the next book of the Brockenridge series. I am hoping we get to read and learn more about single mother Tash in book two.
Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin Australia and Nicola Marsh for the opportunity to read this great book. My review is my honest and voluntary opinion of this book that I have read.
File Size: 759 KB
Print Length: 308 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (October 1, 2019)
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
From USA Today bestselling Australian author Nicola Marsh comes a warm and winsome rural romance about second chances and belonging.
A prodigal daughter returns to Brockenridge...
Eleven years ago Ruby Aston left Brockenridge - and its small-town gossip - for the anonymity of the big city. Now, a grieving Ruby is forced to come home to the place she loathes. But it also means returning to someone she's always regretted leaving behind...
Connor Delaney is determined to prove himself and not get by on his family name alone. To do this he needs to acquire the local roadhouse. He never anticipated the owner would be the same 'bad girl' who ditched him at the high school ball and was never heard from again.
For Alisha Nathieson, the grief of suddenly losing her dear friend and employer Clara Aston has forced her to examine her choice to stay and support her ageing parents. As she battles a growing need to explore her past, temptation wars with duty. And then there are her feelings for handsome chef Harry, who has secrets of his own...
In following their hearts, will this unlikely trio lose what they've craved all along?
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