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Posted July 21, 2013
When I read the preview for Jennie Jones' debut novel The House on Burra Burra Lane I instantly added it to my reading wish list and I have to say it definitely didn't disappoint.
This rural romance has all the right ingredients - great Australian Rural backdrop, lovely small town with all the usual quirks and stories, a girl next door trying to get her life in order and a ruggedly handsome, always helpful, little bit mysterious guy and a great story line and Jennie has a best seller on her hands.
Sammy has left her life and its associated hassles in Sydney and moving into her "new" (rundown) farm house on Burra Burra Lane in the Snowy Mountain town of Swallow Falls (population 87)and after literally falling (thanks to Ruby the pig) for Vet and part time carpenter Ethan it seems that things might finally be falling into place for Sammy.
But as in real life things are never that easy - every time Ethan seems to get closer he pulls away to the point that even their friendship seems to be at risk. Can these two loveable characters ever work things out or will old man Grandy, Swallow Falls patriarch have to give them both a big push??
This book held my attention from start to finish, my only regret was that I didn't get the time to sit down and read it straight through. This is the first book in the Swallow Fall's series and I eagerly look forward to the next instalment of this lovely small town. Would definitely want to buy a print copy if it comes out - it will fit in well along with the other great Australian Rural Authors already on my shelf
Posted June 17, 2013
HJ Top Pick! Recommended Read!
I had the opportunity of reading The House on Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones and I loved every word. This books has it all, a sexy vet, beautiful scenery, cute children, and a three hundred pound pig. Let me tell you a little about this wonderful story.
Samantha Walker (Sammy to her friends) is a artist with a mother who has minuplated and belitted her all of her life. Never showing her love and forcing her to do her bidding until Sammy doesn't even know who she is any more. Running away from her controlling mother and an abusive ex-boyfriend she finds her self in Swallow's Fall (I died laughing when I found out how the town got its name) population 86. When she takes her beloved cat Duke to see the town vet, she never anticipated tripping over a three hundred pound pig name Ruby and falling into the arms of the sexy town vet Ethan Granger.
Ethan has lived in Swallow's Fall for all of his life. Raised in a home with an abusive father, and then losing his wife and brother to an accident that he blames himself for, he keeps his distance from everyone and will not risk getting to close to anyone for fear of turning into what his father was. But he just can't seem to fight the need to help and protect Sammy.
There is an instant attraction between these two, but they insist on just being friends. They think that things will be better that way, until they can't fight it any longer. They both have secrets that neither is willing to share with the other. But in a town like Swallow's Fall nothing can be hidden forever.
I loved Sammy's character. She marches to the beat of her own drum, not willing to allow anyone or anything control her. She has had enough of that in her life. She is strong, and intellegent, caring and helpful. I loved Ethan. He has a quiet strenght that just puts everyone at ease. The secret that is reveiled twords the end of the book threw me for a loop in a good way.
I would recommend this book to all my friends and I will look for more stories by this author.