Title: A Bush Christmas
Authors: Margareta Osborn
Opening lines: ‘…There were three things in life Jaime Josephina Hanrahan couldn’t stand. Her name, public transport and musclebound men riding Harley-Davidsons. She couldn’t do much about the first, unfortunately. And the last two were currently in her line of vision.…’
You have a fair idea that you are going to enjoy a book when a non-romance reading friend of yours recommends it. She was right, I really enjoyed A BUSH CHRISTMAS.
Jaime is heading into the East Gippsland highlands region of the Australian to avoid Christmas. She has just been retrenched, it is her first Christmas without her beloved father and her mother has gone off her rocker (Jaime’s opinion) and remarried a man who is the complete opposite to her father in every way. She is not happy. Jaime accepts a job housesitting in the remote bush as she is sure it will be easy to avoid Christmas.
She soon finds out that Christmas is everywhere, and her near neighbour, the musclebound man who was riding the Harley, is decorating the property from top to bottom. Station Manager, Stirling McEvoy, does not like city girls and he is not impressed with Jaime, and he can’t understand how anyone can hate Christmas so much. Firstly he thought that Jaime was going to be a male and help run the property while the owner is away. And secondly she is pretty little bombshell with clothes more appropriate for the beach than a working. But Jaime is a tough little cookie and not one to stay away from hard work. She takes everything that Stirling throws at her including manually separating the cattle, and holding the spotlight while he shoots rabbits despite the fact she believes he is murdering all the little Thumpers in cold blood. I can actually relate to this one, any years ago spending a weekend on a NSW bush property with an ex-boyfriend’s mate who took us spotlighting for kangaroo. I thought that we were looking for them just so they could show me them, I didn’t realise the spotlight caused them to freeze on the spot so they were easy to shoot! I kept turning the spotlights off at the last minute until seething with rage the property owner drove me back to the station and made me get out while the boys all went off without me. I now understand that this was not an idle sport for the property owner – but the knowledge came too late and my name was mud! Getting back to Jaime, she even rises to the challenge when the local ladies steamroll her into promising to cook umpteen sponge cakes when she can’t so much as successfully cook a packet mix! Christmas day dawns with Jaime’s mother and husband along with everyone from miles around descending onto the property to celebrate Christmas. What is a girl who hates Christmas to do?
A BUSH CHRISTMAS is a wonderfully funny and romantic Christmas rural romance. A quick and easy read that shows that you don’t have to have snow to let the magic of Christmas get working and for two lonely people find a common ground for love to grow.
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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