From bestselling author Margareta Osborn comes another scintillating rural romance with a devastating love triangle twist. After years of struggling as a single mother, Jodie Ashton has given up on love and passion. What she craves now is security for herself and her beloved daughter Milly. And marriage to widower Alex McGregor, the owner of the prosperous Glenevelyn cattle station in East Gippsland, will certainly offer that. If only he wasn’t so much older and so controlling. Needing space to decide her future, Jodie reluctantly agrees to a girls-only weekend at the Riverton rodeo . Meanwhile, cowboy Nate McGregor vows off women, after his latest one-night stand costs him his job in the Northern Territory. Perhaps it’s time to head back to his family home, Glenevelyn, to check out for himself the ‘gold-digger’ his father seems determined to marry. But first, on his way through Riverton, he plans to stop off at a rodeo. Two lives are about to collide in one passionate moment – with devastating results…
Some days it seems the only books you can buy in Australia are about twenty and thirty-something farmer women. Walk into a bookshop and they’re everywhere, with near identical covers: young model staring out into a field, with an Akubra plonked on her head.
You have to have something special about your writing if you’re going to stand out in the rural fiction genre, and I think Margareta Osborn is one of the better ones. She knows how to craft a lively story, and – most importantly – knows how to get all the rural talk and lifestyle across without going overboard with the details.
Because, no matter how you put it, most readers aren’t all that interested in sheep and cows!
We meet quite a few characters in the beginning of the book (perhaps a few too many in the first couple of chapters), but the overpopulation situation irons itself out pretty quickly. The best thing was that Osborn made them all individuals with distinctive personalities.
The other work I’ve read by this author had a similar, accessible feel. Sometimes in rural fiction I feel like I’m drowning in lectures about sheep shearing and the evils of city folk, but Osborn doesn’t go there. She creates interesting situations for her characters and uses themes that appeal in any genre.
Definitely one of the better rural books I’ve come across in ages.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.