Christmas at Coorah Creek by Janet Gover

Christmas at Coorah Creek by Janet Gover

What if you don’t want to be home for Christmas?
Spending Christmas away from home is one thing but English nurse Katie Brooks is spending hers in Coorah Creek; a small town in the Australian outback.
Katie was certain leaving London was the right decision, but her new job in the outback is more challenging than she could have ever imagined.
Scott Collins rescued Katie on her first day in Coorah Creek and has been a source of comfort ever since. But Scott no longer calls the town home – it’s too full of bad memories and he doesn’t plan on sticking around for long.
Scott needs to leave. Katie needs to stay. They have until Christmas to decide their future…

Christmas at Coorah Creek by Janet Gover

This is one of the best “culture clash” romances I’ve read, because it doesn’t treat different cultures as a source of amusement! As someone who has lived years in both Australia and England (and I see the author has similar experiences) this is the most realistic and believable one of these books I can remember reading.

Capturing a romance that happens in December, rather than a romance that is all about Christmas, I think the family issues and the resolution of those family issues was handled REALLY well in a short space of time. I believed in these characters, and they were those rare things: romance characters who act like real people!

I am a bit cautious about reading books set in rural Australia, especially when one of the main characters comes from overseas, as the clichés, the embarrassing stereotypes, and the weird slang tend to be played up to a painful degree. Not the case here.

I needed this well-written, simple (in a good way) Christmas novella after the melodramatic, sexist disaster I just finished reading! I should be looking for more from this author, because she’s one of the better writers I’ve read in recent times.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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