Nurse Lauren Simpson is known in Hope Junction for the wrong reasons – and she’s over it. Watching the man she’s always loved marry someone else is the last straw – she decides to get out of Hope. But her resolve is tested when the hot new locum doctor arrives in town.
Doctor Tom Lewis also has skeletons in his closet – including a painful breakup and devastating family news. He’s hit the road with his vintage ute and surfboard, to travel the outback and live in the moment.
When Tom and Lauren meet the attraction is instant, but for Lauren Tom threatens to be just another fling and Tom has his own reasons for hesitating. Everyone else – their friends and patients – can see how perfect they are together, but just what will it take for them to admit this to themselves?
The advantage of reading So Many books is that I could enjoy the heroine of The Road to Hope without remembering all of the little details of why we weren’t supposed to like her in the other book!
Rachael Johns writes realistic contemporary romances with believable characters who act like people of their age, living in their time. She writes good dialogue and realistic secondary characters and does a great job capturing the good and bad of living in a small town.
I liked this book, just as I’ve liked her others. I really like the idea of redeeming a female character who wasn’t the nicest person in the past because I really don’t enjoy books that paint romantic rivals as black and white. I thought her gradual changes and her determination to become someone different were really well done.
I also liked our hero. Good-looking and charming, yes, but also pretty easy to relate to. Not TOO perfect that it was hard to believe he could exist.
Recommended for fans of contemporary romance, and also recommended for people who enjoy a rural Australian setting but aren’t interested in books focusing on sheep shearing and demonising cities!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.