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Series: Prickle Creek #1
Title: Her Outback Cowboy by Annie Seaton
Author: Annie Seaton
Publisher: Entangled Bliss, Entangled Publishing
Published: June 19th, 2017
I am very happy to say that I requested and was gifted a copy of this novel via NetGalley; this is my honest opinion after choosing to read this delightful book. The pivotal character in the story is the Grandmother, Helena, who contacts her four grandchildren(Lucy, Sebastian, Jemima, and Liam) and instigates their return to her home, Pickle Creek Farm near Pilliga Scrub, where they all grew up after a tragic accident killed their parents. Gran is a true matriarchal figure and all four cousins, with varying degrees of reluctance, leave their homes and jobs to visit. They discover their grandfather is in hospital for surgery and Gran wants to talk to them about the future.
One of the cousins is advertising art director Lucy Bellamy. She is busy creating a new ad campaign and is surprised when returning to the place she’d always wanted to escape from actually revives some happy memories rather than the resentment she felt as an orphan. When she meets with Garth Mackenzie, now the owner of what had been his parents’ farm next door to Pickle Creek Farm, the attraction between them is instantly rekindled. However, Lucy has no intention of staying on the farm, whilst Garth has returned to stay after university and then working as an engineer. She’s always been the one for him but she still seems to want the city life whilst he prefers his Outback farm. As more revelations are made, can love find a way to help these two move on to their HEA together or will past resentments drive them apart again?
This is a great start to a new series and it was a pleasure to escape into the Australian Outback setting which the author brought to life in my imagination whilstI was reading the story. The interactions between the characters are superbly portrayed, making them feel ‘real’. There are some fantastic twists that add to the angst and turmoil, keeping the dramatic story flowing and the reader enthralled. It is a fun, light hearted and enjoyable story that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. I can’t wait to read more in this series, presuming the other books will focus on Sebastian, Jemima and Liam but still let readers know more about how Lucy and Garth’s relationship progresses!
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The last thing advertising art director Lucy Bellamy wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there’s one bonus—her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.
After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he’s always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback—he’d lose, hands down.