Title: Beneath Outback Skies
Author: Alissa Callen
A captivating rural romance featuring an indomitable young woman determined to save her family farm, and the city-boy who is not all he seems…
Paige Quinn will let nothing and no one distract her from caring for her crippled father, Connor, and fighting for her remote, drought-stricken property, Banora Downs. Least of all a surprise farm-stay guest named Tait Cavanaugh, whose smooth words are as lethal as his movie-star smile. Except Paige can’t help noticing that, for a city-boy, Tait seems unexpectedly at home on the land. And he does ask a lot of questions! It doesn’t matter how much he helps out or how much laughter he brings into her life, she soon suspects he is harbouring a big secret – the real reason he has come to Banora Downs
BENEATH OUTBACK SKIES is an Australian rural romance and author, Alissa Callen, writes about what she knows as she is an outback girl herself. A light and easy read the story moves along at a fast pace. Whilst it is a romance, there was an element of mystery behind it – just who is Tait and why is he really there? Speaking of Tait, I really didn’t warm to him for a long time as he came over as being superior, as if he knew what Paige needed better than she did. OK, so maybe he did, but he didn’t have to come over that way!
The attraction between Tait and Paige was immediate but they both fought against it, they still had obstacles to overcome, and lessons to learn before the happy every after could envelop them. There are no graphic sex scenes, it is all very discrete as someone off book shouts “Cut!” and the filming stops and switches to the next day.
The story is told from the perspective of three main characters; Tait, Paige and her father Connor. There is a secondary love interest as well that gets sorted to the relief of this reader just before Paige and Tait do. The setting is excellent, drought and floods are two of the biggest problems that face our farmers – not the only ones of course. In BENEATH OUTBACK SKIES the ravages of drought is the backdrop for the story, how drought affects not only Paige’s property but the other properties in the district, and the local businesses in the small rural towns that serve the properties. Callen also touches on the high rates of alcoholism, depression and suicide found in rural communities; but balances this with how far the community supports each other and lends a helping hand even while they are struggling themselves. Overall I recommend this book if you are looking for a romantic read.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and enjoyable.
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With thanks to Random House Australia and the author via Netgalley.
Beneath Outback Skies is book #8for AWW2013