Title: Right as Rain
Author: Tricia Stringer
Opening lines: ‘…A motorbike revved, rousing Mackenna from the deep fug of a dreamless sleep …’
Mackenna (Mack) loves working on the family farm with her father, she has put all her passion and love into it. She had spent time away training to be a chef but as soon as she qualified her love for the land pulled her back. She is now ready to expand the business by using her Chef talents and opening a tasting room and small restaurant on the property to promote their own sheep. As the book opens Mack is on holidays in New Zealand, she has taken up with a hot hunk of a man named Adam but a misunderstanding causes her to return to Australia alone and to find her brother and a new creepy yardman running the farm and her father is in hospital recovering from a heart attack. To her dismay her mother seems to be encouraging her brother to take more interest in the farm and pushing Mack out. Not long after Adam turns up, and an old childhood friend, Hugh, returns to town making for some interesting sexual tensions. On top of this Mack starts to get suspicious that the new yardman is not all that he makes out to be. All these story threads combine to make a very in depth story that kept me glued to the book.
I did not like Mack’s mother. I disliked her from the very beginning and even when her motivation was revealed I still didn’t think it excused her behaviour towards her daughter. What a nasty, underhanded, uncaring and manipulative woman she was. And all done with a smile, without discussion, and with a mother knows best attitude. This just demonstrates what a good writer Tricia Stringer is that she was able to arouse emotions that I am still mulling over a few days after I closed the book. Still there is nothing like a bit of conflict, some danger and a lot of sexual tension in a romance book to make the eventual happy ever after all the more sweet!
RIGHT AS RAIN is a story of love, misunderstandings, family dynamics and following your dreams despite obstacles. This is the first book I have read by Tricia Stringer
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.
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With thanks to Harlequin Mira and the author for my copy to read and review