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Talk of the Town (Rose Hill, #1) Kindle Edition
Lawson Cooper–Jones has two priorities in life – his son, Ned, and the survival of the dairy farm that has been in his family for generations. Despite the best efforts of the town matchmakers and the determined pursuit of local girl Adeline Walsh, Lawson's heart belongs still, and only, to his late wife.
But when a flat tyre strands Lawson and Ned in nearby Rose Hill, he's surprised to find a woman living alone in the old general store of the deserted town. Ned immediately forms a bond with the beautiful stranger called Meg, and Lawson is surprised to find himself captivated by her too.
Although shy at first, Meg starts to open up to him about the haunting secrets of her new home and, with Lawson unable to get her out of his head, they agree to investigate the history of the old building together. Soon they find their friendship has bloomed into something more.
But when meddling Adeline makes it her mission to uncover the truth about the newcomer and her real identity is revealed, Lawson and Meg's budding romance comes crashing down. Can they both learn to forgive in order to claim a future for their damaged hearts?
A moving story of secrets, love and new beginnings from bestselling author Rachael Johns.
- ASIN : B01N4GI0OL
- Publisher : Mira (May 1, 2017)
- Publication date : May 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3358 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 433 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,425 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What she doesn't expect is visitors in the form of a good looking dairy farmer and his young son who stop right outside her door to fix a flat tyre.
In my first read from this author I found a story that was so very much more than I was expecting. From reading the blurb I was kind of expecting a sweet little country town romance, but there was so much I wasn't expecting. Murder mystery, inter-generational drama, intrigue, the unlikeliest of friendships, and the best and worst of small town life, both open and close-mindedness.
... and what's the point of a ghost town without a ghost story thrown into the mix?
Blending themes of healing and renewal across the seemingly unchanging backdrop of country life, Rachel has fashioned a story that kept me immersed and intrigued, enthralled and entertained, and I can say for sure that this wont be the last book of hers that I read.
It also contains a slight paranormal aspect that I found intriguing and I would have loved this part to have been explored a little bit more within the story.
Overall I liked the main character Meg, but every now and then I did get slightly annoyed with how she took so long to say certain things about what she was thinking or feeling. I know this was to build suspense and give the story more to stand on but I felt that with this character her secrecy became a bit much after a while and every so often I'd find myself wanting to just shake her with frustration.
The plot itself was a believable enough story and it definitely kept me engaged until the end. I really like how Rachael Johns has the ability to write a romance novel without it being too ultra-sappy with enough interesting back story in addition to the romance angle going on. In my opinion this makes her stories a lot more relatable.
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These two are engaging stars in an intriguing tale which holds your interest throughout but they’re far from alone in capturing readers’ hearts. Lawson’s son Ned and Meg’s dog Cane both do their best to steal the show and at times they nearly succeed. In addition to these two there’s Lawson’s sister Tabitha, Meg’s neighbour Archie and Eliza, the ghost who lives on Meg’s old home. Always there to offer a voice of reason or a shoulder to cry on Tabitha shines in her role. Archie acts as a father figure for Meg as she navigates her new world and starts to find her feet. As for Eliza, I loved the timely shifting of chairs and slamming of doors when things weren’t going to plan. While all these characters endeared themselves to me in one way or another and while I loved the way this book flowed, what I really loved over and over was the way Lawson’s son Ned kept stealing the show. Author Rachael Johns clearly knows her eight year-olds. Ned’s comment after catching Lawson kissing Meg was priceless: “That was totally gross. Next time you do that make sure I’m not watching.”