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Fresh from her working holiday in New Zealand, and nursing a newly broken heart, Mackenna Birch returns to her family property, Woolly Swamp Farm, to find her place usurped by an errant brother and a shifty farmhand. Her plans to save the farm fall on deaf ears: her father, once a close ally, seems disinterested and her mother shoots down every suggestion. Yet Mac is determined. She pushes through adversity and begins to see her dream take shape. Then a visitor arrives – Adam, the man who broke her heart. As Mac begins to flail under the pressure of saving the farm and her dream, she must guard her heart and her property.
Mac is a strong character and as the story unfolds the author keeps us guessing about her romantic interest. As she faces down opposition, Mac must deal with her wounded heart, confusion about her family’s behaviour and the antics of the new farmhand. The mother’s actions, rational from her perspective (which we know) but baffling to Mac, provide a visceral sense of frustration as we are pulled into Mac’s emotional journey. The author knows this world and there is a reasonable degree of description about a working sheep farm, but like the tasting plates Mac serves in her fledgling Gatehouse restaurant these are delivered in digestible portions.
Right as Rain is certainly a satisfying romance. Yet this is also the story of the struggle faced by a farming community and one woman’s fight to save the property she loves.
Tricia has woven a gentle romance into a book that is really about the hazzards and joys of living on a sheep farm. This is the first of Trica's books that I've read, but I'll be keen to read another.
Mackenna Birch adores working on her families farm ‘Woolly Swamp’ and believes she’ll inherit the farm one day, but after her return home from a trip to New Zealand everything has changed and has left her discombobulated- she learns of her dad’s heart attack, her brother is running the farm and there’s also a new hired farmhand. Adam Walker, the guy she met on her travels in New Zealand and thought he is ‘ the one’ walked out on her, a few chapters in he turns up on their doorstep and Mackenna is more confused than ever.
I was a tad annoyed as the storyline progressed: Mackenna kept avoiding having conversations with Adam whenever he wanted a word with her, then Adam left without either of them having any kind of discussion concerning their relationship and it was at this point I decided this will only be a 3 star rating because I seriously thought the author was leaving it there to concentrate on the other characters and ditching Adam. Oh, how wrong I was. This magnificent story came together just beautifully. I enjoyed reading about most of the characters but Louise, Mackenna’s mother, I disliked right from the start, she was just awful, and unkind to her daughter for no apparent reason. Her attitude and very old fashioned views regarding the passing down of ‘Woolly Swamp,’ insisting it goes to the eldest son left a bad taste in my mouth.
Lyle, Mackenna’s father was such a great character, he treated Mackenna as as equal and I thought it was super that after his heart attack it didn’t keep him confined to bed too long and just got on with things and using his catch phrase I’ll be ‘right as rain’ throughout the book was endearing.
My mouth watered each time Mackenna prepared and served her ‘paddock to table’ cuisine at the Gatehouse - sampling woolly swamp lamb and locally grown produce. A fantastic concept I enjoyed reading about as I’m sure the readers mouths will salivate too when perusing these scenes.
A gorgeous tale with an interesting plot.