Australian Feature Author of the Month
Australian Rural Romance
Title: The House on Burra Burra Lane
Author: Jennie Jones
Series: Swallows Fall #1
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Source: From Harlequin Enterprises Australia for Review
A dilapidated house, a city girl looking for a tree change, and a rugged vet with a past. Just another day in rural Australia…
Ethan and Sam both have secrets that neither is willing to share…But in a town like Swallow’s Fall, nothing can be hidden forever.
Just ten days after her fresh start in the isolated Snowy Mountains, Samantha Walker trips over a three hundred pound pig and lands in the arms of Dr. Ethan Granger — and the firing line for gossip. It was hardly a ‘date’ but sparks of the sensual kind are difficult to smother in a community of only 87 people. Now there’s a bet running on how long she’ll stay and what she’ll get up to while she’s in town.
Ethan has his own issues — Sammy’s presence in his childhood home brings with it painful recollections of family scandals and a bad-boy youth. When the gossip around them heightens, his life is suddenly a deck of cards spread on the table for all to see. Then Sammy’s past catches up with her… and it looks like all bets are off.
This Months Australian Feature Author is a debut Author called Jennie Jones and I had the great privilege to read this wonderful Australian story.
I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Australian Rural Romance, I always considered them to be “old people” books, but now my eyes have been opened and The House on Burra Burra Lane has made it to one of my favourite reads.
Samantha walker leaves everything behind and buys a run down house in the middle of nowhere, aka The Snowy Mountains NSW. Samantha being not only the new girl in town but a city girl as well the locals start gossiping straight away, as well as taking bets to see how long she will stay. I just want to add to that Jennie Jones uses amazing imagery describing the love that Sammy has for her run down house, It really makes you want to pack up and move, but when you sit back and think well that house sounds terrible but Ms Jones really weaves an amazing story.
Ethan is a reformed bad boy, having been kicked out of town in his youth for causing trouble he returns years later to buy a property and a vet practice.
Both Ethan and Sammy have troubled pasts and family dramas, Sammy has escaped her abusive ex fiancée and demanding mother and Ethan grew up in an abusive household and he avoids relationships because he is terrified that he will carry on his fathers abusive legacy, with the help of each other and Swallow Falls tight knit community they are able to overcome their emotional scarring and find peace and love in their lives.
The plot was full of sexual tension and conflict between characters which made this book addictive, The relationships between the main characters and the town was extremely realistic, since I moved to a small rural town, I was able to relate to Sammy’s character.
The House on Burra Burra Lane is a beautiful love story, with elements of drama, comedy and steamyness. Between the two emotionally damaged people, through friendship they discover that they are able to trust and love again.
I highly recommend The House on Burra Burra Lane for anyone that wants to depart from their busy lives for a while and relax with the Comunity of Shallow Falls.