When a smooth-talking, sophisticated city girl comes striding into town on her stiletto heels, he’s the last person who wants to notice…
When Jenna McLean gets roped into attending a matchmaking ball in a small country town, she holds no illusions of meeting the man of her dreams. A no-nonsense magazine editor, Jenna doesn’t believe in leaving love to chance, which is why she’s developed Marriage Material – a fool-proof framework for husband hunting. Shearers and farmhands need not apply.
Sheep grazier Luke Tanner has met women like Jenna before, and knows not to waste his time. With the drought dragging on and bushfire season around the corner, the last thing he needs is a spoiled city girl like Jenna adding to his problems. He’ll help out with the ball because it’s good for the community, but he won’t dance, he won’t flirt, and he definitely won’t be matched.
It’s been a long dry season, but everyone knows when it rains, it pours.
Here’s another entertaining Australian author injecting some life into the rural fiction/romance genre. Australia’s answer to American cowboy romance, rural romance might be different in culture and language, but it appeals for the same reasons.
Breaking The Drought isn’t a romantic comedy, but it has all the elements of one. The city girl who is grudgingly taken into the bush for an escape. The local farmer who knows his town needs an injection of young women if it is to survive, but might not necessarily appreciate everything about it. The social gathering of city women looking for marriage to rural men.
Ireland has a really nice writing style. The plot has been done plenty of times before and even if you haven’t read it yet, you’re bound to have caught at least one bad reality show on television that deals with the same topic! However, some authors do it better than others, and I enjoyed this one.
A few years ago, I was finding Australian rural fiction pretty boring. Lots of sheep shearing and whinging about city people, and not much else. This type of book is much more fun.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.