When an irresistible fixer-upper captures the heart of Angie McIntyre she believes that this is the way forward to build a lasting relationship, a real family, with her fly-in fly-out partner Rob Jones and their gorgeous three year old daughter Claudia.
Maya Linnell’s latest sparkling country romance, Bottlebrush Creek set in the splendid coastal region of south western Victoria captures the real challenges of family, life, love and learning to cope with the unexpected; especially when moving into a new town, a new lifestyle with family right next door!
Rob has been a fly-in, fly-out worker since well before he and Angie met, fell head over heels in love and had their baby daughter. He is now facing retrenchment and wants to re-establish himself as a tradesman. Angie is finding life in the fast lane as the owner of a beauty salon, mother of Claudia and all-time sucker for a helping hand in the community, exhausting, let alone trying to live in the run-down house they are renting.
She is cautious when Rob takes her to see this amazing cottage, at an all to affordable price, not too far from a small beach and a sizable town, but wonders why the real estate agent seems very familiar with Rob, and why the price was so good it was not even discussed! She soon discovers this charming cottage with 200 acres of good land, just happens to be right next door to his parent’s dairy property.
Angie and Rob’s mum have already set up some serious history and it is not long before she discovers there is far more history to the Jones family than Rob had ever mentioned, but despite all of this she agrees to go ahead with purchasing the property.
As the story unfolds, Maya Linnell captures the emotions of a young mother settling into a new community, a young man moving back into a community he has always known and the tragedy that can be created when relationships begin to breakdown and trust is lost.
Heart-warming, funny and poignant Bottlebrush Creek will capture your heart and imagination as Angie faces up to the surprise present of a crate of chickens, her feminist standpoint with a rather ‘old school’ tiler, confrontation when she discovers her ‘friend’ was not her friend at all and learning that sometimes you simply need to take a step back to hold on to and treasure, the things you love the most.
An absolutely delightful and enjoyable read.
|Publisher||Allen and Unwin|
|Distributor||Allen and Unwin|