Four sisters return from around the world to their South Australian home to spend their first Christmas together without their mum. Still dealing with their grief, all are keeping something from one another - obstetrician Madeleine has a crush on an engaged colleague; teacher Lucinda has been struggling to conceive, violinist Abigail has been dumped from her orchestra, and Charlie can’t stop wishing her old friend, Mitch, was something more. When they realise their father is exhausted from running the Meadow Brook motel, Charlie - who has always felt like the least successful of the clan - offers to stay on to help out. Then the girls find out about a family curse – a discovery which affects all of them over the next few months. With plenty of romance and heartache, this is a well-written family drama in the vein of Monica McInerney. The sisters are especially brought to life well. The story did drag a little in the middle but then picked up again with a shocking confession.
In Outback Dreams there are several storylines running smoothly together. The first is where we discover Monty's little brother Will suffers from high-functioning autism. I liked reading about this because I have some family members who are on the Autism Spectrum Chart. The second thread introduces us to the blooming and strong friendship between Monty and Faith. Best friends and inseparable for years, the pair are now nearing their 30s - Faith wants more but it seems that Monty is romantically interested in Ruby - the new woman in town whom all the guys have their eyes on. The third storyline focuses on the relationships between Faith and her family and Monty and his. Each in their own way are close yet estranged from their families and it seems like now is the time to stand up and let them know how they feel before it's too late. When an opportunity arises for Faith to do something for her farming community and for a cause she feels dearly about, is this the push she's been needing to move on with her life and let the world know what Faith wants? This is a book that reminds readers that if you have a dream you should go for it as you often only have one chance to do it right and if you never go for it - you will always be wondering "what if"? (PP)
Ellie is a TV soap star who has returned from Sydney to her hometown of Hope's Junction to look after her guardian Matilda while she recuperates from a fall. Her visit home is anything but peachy as the whole town remembers the day she stood golden boy Flynn Quartermaine up at the altar. All Ellie wants to do is look after Matilda and then return to her old life. However, it seems that Hope's Junction still plays a part in Ellie's life and that no matter what happened she never stopped loving Flynn and vice versa. Can Ellie win not only the heart of Flynn back but also the hearts of those in Hope's Junction? What will happen when tragedy strikes and it seems as if there is no one to pick up the pieces? This story will hook readers from the first as they sympathise with Ellie and feel Flynn's pain. (PP)