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Title: Her Australian Hero by Margaret Way
Author: Margaret Way
Publisher: Kensington Books, Lyrical Press
Date of Publication: June 21st, 2016
Wow – talk about the wicked stepmother, this story certainly has one of those! It also has a disgruntled ex employee out for vengeance, a heroic, handsome neighbour to come to the rescue and plenty of dramatic encounters to keep the pages turning and is set in beautiful, historic, Australian countryside in the heat of summer. The overall plot is great and there are many potentially brilliant characters, the best of whom just has to be the wicked stepmother. It is only 170 pages long so a comparatively quick read, just right when you want to read something short, with plenty of turmoil and action.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
An epic tale of modern day Australia, where greed, desire, tragedy, and ambition collide . . .
Alexandra Ross has always known Lavender Hill will be hers one day. The grand old house, with its waving jacaranda fronds circling around it like a canopy against the white-hot Australian sun. The acres of orchards, trees heavy with sweet-smelling mangoes and prickly pink lychee. The rushing emerald creek that claimed her brother’s life; the genteel boudoir where her mother died of grief, gin, and stroke. Even the quad bike her bullheaded father uses to tear around the plantation like a teenager, as his covetous young wife plays tea party with Alex’s mother’s favorite china.
Someday Alex will undo her father’s blunders and be the good neighbor her childhood friend Rafe Rutherford deserves. The yearning she feels for Rafe can never overcome the heartbreak they’ve lived through together, but at least she will have his companionship.
Until her father is killed and the plantation is divided. If she wants to keep the land she loves Alex must break free of guilt and hesitation. And once she begins to fight for what her heart desires, there’s no telling where she’ll stop . . .
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