Title: Flame Tree Hill
Author: Mandy Magro
Blurb: Kirsty Mitchell is ready to come home. After a tragic accident that left her scarred, she fled overseas. Now, three years later, she’s finally returning to Flame Tree Hill, her beloved family farm. But at twenty-five Kirsty isn’t prepared for the terrifying new challenge ahead: breast cancer. Kirsty’s never been a quitter and that’s not about to change. But can her budding romance with local vet Aden bear the strain? As she battles with chemotherapy and as her past threatens to overwhelm her, Kirsty realises you can never take anything – or anyone – for granted.
My Thoughts: Kirsty Mitchell had been living in London for a few years. She left her home in north Queensland after a horrific car accident which left her a sole survivor and her friends all dead. She still has nightmares about that night but the time has come to move on so she moves home. When she arrives back at the house she and her brother share on the family farm she discovers that Aden has moved in as well. Aden’s sister was Kirsty’s best friend and was killed in the car crash so Kirsty is not sure how he will respond to her. The attraction between the two is almost instant and they soon develop a relationship. A few weeks later Kirsty finds herself diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, not something that any woman wants to hear let alone a young woman in her mid-twenties. The story then follows her battle with cancer and how it affects Kirsty, Aden, her family and her friends. Of course as per any good romance there also has to be a few other curve balls thrown into the mix to spice things up.
Mandy Magro certainly writes about what she knows, she and her family live in the tropical north on their own farm, so she has captured life on the land in that part of the world. I have travelled around the area and she conjured up the scenery exactly. Flame Tree Hill is emotional to read at times, but Mandy has managed to keep enough lightness into her story to prevent it descending completely into doom and gloom. I haven’t read any of her other books, but will certainly be looking them up now.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and enjoyable.
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With thanks to Penguin Australia and the author via Netgalley.
Flame Tree Hill is book # 22 for AWW2013