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After Lyle returned home, and with her younger brother Patrick on the farm plus a worker who seemed rather cocky and sure of himself, Mack could feel undercurrents of discontent rippling through everyone, especially her mother Louise. She wasn’t sure why – other than her father’s health – but she continued on with her work on the sheep farm and tried her best to work alongside Patrick and Cam.
As the days turned into weeks, tensions mounted. Mack’s old friend Hugh was supportive; Patrick was irritating, and Cam – well Mack had serious doubts about him. But then out of the blue Adam turned up. What was happening to Woolly Swamp Farm; the farm Mack loved; her life-long home? Would everything be “right as rain”, just as her father always predicted?
Right as Rain by Aussie author Tricia Stringer was a thoroughly enjoyable read! I love this author’s work, and this one was no exception. There was romance, tension, mystery and intrigue – a great mixture which kept me turning the pages. Highly recommended.
This engaging rural fiction is a story of love, family and farming set in South Australia. Licking her wounds after a holiday fling goes wrong, Mackenna Birch returns home a few days early to her beloved ‘Woolly Swamp’, her family’s sheep farm. Looking forward to discussing the ideas she has developed during her trip for the farm with her father, she is shocked to discover her brother, a city marketing executive, is managing the farm in the wake of her father’s heart attack and her mother seems determined to thwart Mackenna’s attempts to keep the farm on its feet. While Mackenna struggles with the changes at home, her life is further complicated when Adam, her holiday lover, follows her home and Hugh, a lifelong friend, returns.
Of major importance to the story is the tradition of succession. In this day and age it seems so archaic to insist the eldest son is the only one with the right to inherit, especially when there is another sibling far more passionate about taking on the farm. Mackenna’s mother obviously never warmed to farm life, resenting the constraints it places on time and money, and she doesn’t want her daughter to be tied to the land. Though I can respect her feelings about it, her disregard for what her children want, and her underhand manipulations, didn’t sit well with me at all. Despite Mackenna’s forays away from home, all she has ever wanted has been to work the farm, and doesn’t feel as if there is any sacrifice to make.
At times the romance element seemed to be more of a distraction than anything, with Adam and Hugh often absent from the storyline, or even close proximity to Mackenna. I would have liked Adam in particular to have a larger and more active role in the story, I felt in some ways that he was an awkward addition to the tableau rather than an integral part of the story.
There are also several secondary subplots to follow in the novel, one has to do with Hugh’s reluctance to be back in his hometown, the second involves Patrick who is keeping a secret from his family and the third relates to the suspicious behaviour of new station hand, Cam, introducing a frission of mystery and danger. Additional interest stems from Mackenna’s passion for breeding genetics and her concept of a farm to table tasting/restaurant venture.
Right As Rain is an engaging read and Tricia Stringer another talented author bringing rural Australia to life on the page. I enjoyed it and look forward to the opportunity to read Queen of the Road, and the next book.
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.