A Girl's Guide to the Outback

A Girl's Guide to the Outback

by Jessica Kate


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How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract—and that God has a sense of humor.

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could’ve ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster strikes the farm, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785229612
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 576,168
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant. Visit her online at jessicakatewriting.com; Instagram: jessicakatewriting; Facebook: jessicakatewriting; Twitter: @JessicaKate05.

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A Girl's Guide to the Outback 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Beckys_Bookshelves 28 days ago
I was thrilled to read new to me author Jessica Kate’s recent release A Girl's Guide To The Outback. The intriguing title and cover of A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate drew me in. The story follows American, Kimberly Foster, and Australian, Samuel Payton, on a dairy farm in the Australian Outback. It was such a unique setting that I felt more informed about the world after reading this story. I love thinking I may have picked up some great Aussie slang along the way. I am a big fan of romantic comedies, and I was hoping that I would be laughing and sighing as I read A Girl’s Guide to the Outback. The good news for me is that I was able to do both. I laughed out loud and there were many sigh worthy scenes throughout the book. I feel like the author Jessica Kate is an author to watch. She is witty, her characters are interesting, and her story is fun to read. I highly recommend A Girl’s Guide to the Outback. I was given a copy through NetGalley and not required to write a positive review.
LoveLiBooks 10 hours ago
When I received this book, I didn't realize it was a Christian publisher so I was worried that it would be religion heavy, but it's not. The religious themes/ideas were relatable despite me not being a very religious person. I thought the book started off well. It was easy to read and the story flowed well, but then I felt like the characters went around in circles with their feelings. One of my pet peeves is conflicts that could have been resolved if they sat down and talked to each other. I think it made the book unnecessarily longer than it needed to be. Overall, an okay read.
SarahSundin 6 days ago
Full of humor and snappy banter, A Girl’s Guide to the Outback is loaded with fish-out-of-water Australian fun. And yet Jessica Kate tells a far deeper story. Kimberly and Sam and Jules are each hurting in their own ways, each searching for identity, and each running from what they most need. These three compelling characters pulled me in to the story and had me finishing it in record time – despite a crazy-busy schedule on my end! Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended!
KatsCorner 8 days ago
I had no control reading this book. There were so many things I was SUPPOSED to get done…I kept telling myself, “Put the book down, it’ll still be there later.” but, I failed. Every time. The thought of an American girl having to survive in the Outback in pulled me in. At first, I wasn’t sure how Jessica was going to get her there, but she pulls off a way that Kimbo and Sam realize they both need each other’s strengths thanks to some meddling from beloved Julie. Both Kim and Sam have problems accepting they’re worthy of love, but for different issues. Both struggle with head knowledge of how God’s love and forgiveness works but not accepting it into their innermost being. Both are sometimes madding for how tenaciously they hold on to their view points, but it makes for some fiery face offs and moments of surprising depth when they put their gloves down. I admire Kim’s work ethic; she’s a crazy hard worker. I admire Sam’s gifting with teens. Through this story, Jessica shows us how we can all have different strengths but still serve God. Plus, it’s a 2 for 1 romance! What the description doesn’t tell you is the secondary story between Mick and Julie that also makes you swoon. They were both great supporting characters and you have some point of views from Julie so you get to know her well. I definitely got frustrated with her stubbornness, though. Two HEAs for one story made me a very happy reader indeed. I received a copy of this book. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Does all it take is a mini vacation and a good crying jag along with help from God to realize that you're meant for each other? And the fear of change to keep you from doing God's will? I believe so yes. A good cry often clears up our minds and tends or supposed to make us feel better but all it does is make me have a headache with a stopped up nose and swollen eyeballs lol. But for me, it tends to relieve the tension a little. Sometimes we just need a little break away from everyone and everything to help us out with our jobs and maybe even God's will for us. This book has all of that and much more. I feel like it's a feel good book with lots of good advice from Sam's mum. I started calling her the Wise woman. She's my favorite person in the story. I loved the story and even got a few laughs out of it as well. I just wanted to choke Kimberly and Sam and yes even Jules and Mick. It sure took them a long time to see what's right in front of them! I love Kim and her determination to get things done and I especially love her stubbornness. But, I think what I liked best was that the author showed just how flawed she was. I loved how the author put her through the adventures of just life in general. I especially loved the setting of Australia. It gave me a glimpse of what it's really like over there. Sam is just stupid stubborn. All because of fear like his mom said. I hate fear. It tends to hold us back from what God really wants us to do for Him. Forgiveness and Trust plays a part of this story too. The trusting part is the most hardest thing to do. I know. I tend to fail at that part. But it's a good thing that our Lord is patient with us. I'm so very grateful for that aren't you? I finished this book all in one day. It was so good that I couldn't put it down. Plus, it made my cold afternoon go by faster. I love a good story like that. I highly recommend. I also didn't see any mistakes in this copy that Netgalley let me have. My thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson. I was NOT required to write a review. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
ARS8 9 days ago
This book was so completely hilarious and absolutely swoon-worthy at the same time, it is one of the tales that genuinely deserves the title of rom-com. Of course, how can it be anything but with the four most stubborn young, single people in any kind of proximity together? We have the lead couple, practical Kim the business woman come to get back the charismatic youth pastor, Samuel- even though they can't stand each other (despite the fact that they are both attracted to the other). Then there is Samuel's sister Jules, who takes the stubborn prize, as she tries to stay in control, and Mitch, her neighbor who once loved her... and still does, actually. Throw all of them together onto a farm in the Australian outback where literally everything is trying to kill them and bankrupt the farm, and it was bound to get interesting. Especially as each of the characters were dealing with their own secret heart-aches: rejection, failure, surrender, and patience respectively. It all ended just right, too. But if it hadn't ended, and just kept going- I wouldn't have minded that either. I need more rom-coms like this one in my reading list. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc 10 days ago
I loved this book! A Girl’s Guide to the Outback was such a fun romance in a great setting. Sam and Kimberly were secondary characters in the book Love and Other Mistakes, however, this book definitely reads as a stand alone novel and there are no worries if you have not read Love and Other Mistakes. This book had so much heart and I loved all of the nuances to this unique story. It was interesting to see how both Sam and Kimberly struggled with things that had happened in their pasts and allowed those situations to impact the decisions they made and what they were willing to risk (or not risk). The chemistry was great between these two and I also loved the secondary romance between Jules and Mick, which was a second chance possibility for two people who allowed each other to slip away the first time arounnd. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MaryReader 12 days ago
I wasn’t sure what to think about this novel as I got into it. The book didn’t seem like a Christian book for a while even though the main characters worked for a church and ministry. Some of the words didn’t seem like ones that church leaders would use. However, as I stuck with the story and watched Sam, an Australian, and Kimberly, an American, overcome their hurts from the past and change and grow and face uncertainties and setbacks and come to depend on God more, I came to care more for them and empathized with them in their misfortunes. The story contains humor and wit, along with lots of Australian lingo and scenes and plenty of surprises. The characters all seem quite real, along with their quirks and foibles, and the plot is compelling. It should certainly hold the readers’ interest. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
CherryPie0420 12 days ago
I just have to say...I loved this book! It has such a positiveness and such sense of adventure, and was a really fun read. A Girl's Guide to the Outback was not what I was expecting, though it was a pleasant surprise. I didn't read the synopsis beforehand (I'm one of those readers that enjoys being surprised) and I think this benefited my reading experience. This is definitely a feel good book yet it still has that deepness, with almost character in a journey to self-discovery. The imagery of the Australian outback captures the imagination in such a wonderful way. The ending, though predictable, captured my heart. I knew that Sam and Kimberly would find out a way to be together somehow, but who I really wanted to see, and rooted for throughout the novel, is Jules and Mick. I adored their magnetism and Jules and her sass was perfection! A Girl's Guide to the Outback is the perfect balance of faith, love, and the messiness of life. Highly recommend!! *I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher/author through JustRead Tours. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.
5643437 13 days ago
Have you ever met someone you initially do not know what you think of only to discover later that you really like them? This is what happens to Kimberly. Sometimes the person you think you like the least is the one you fall for the most. Samuel is youth pastor who has been burned in the past, and is floundering with his future. The characters in this book have flaws that make them very realistic. The storyline is believable. After all, sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone to find where you truly belong and what truly matters to you. I truly enjoyed this book and am glad I was able to be part of this tour. Kimberly was a character who captured my imagination and my heart. She shows determination and courage to get the things done she believes are important. Jules, is the perfect foil for Samuel as her sister. She demonstrates all the characteristic of a bossy sister who truly loves her brother. With part of the story taking place in the United States and part in Australia, the story winds a wonderful picture.
Becky5 14 days ago
”Samuel Payton was an idiot. ” What a great opening sentence to A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate. Kimberly Foster and Samuel Payton may work together, but they seem destined to be each other’s number one antagonizer. Wow, this is the rom-com book to pick up for something light, yet with a message. I liked and disliked all four main characters by turns, depending on whose point of view examined them. Kimberly, Sam, Jules, and Mick all have lots of personalities but the lies they believe often cause them to act as if there is only one possible trajectory for their lives. When their eyes see their own weaknesses, it tends to be through magnifying glasses that so enlarge their weaknesses and fears they can’t move forward. They have trouble viewing themselves in light of God’s Word, based on their own experiences or others’ perceptions of them. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in a lighter, clean rom-com with spiritual overtones. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. This is no way affects my opinions for which I am solely responsible.
Erin_Slocum 15 days ago
My Thoughts on A Girl’s Guide to the Outback: Such a fun novel! No huge suspense or mystery but just good old fashion protagonist and fun! This author is fun and engaging. She makes me feel like I’m right there on the dairy farm or in Virginia. Bad things happen to good people, but we need to rise above them! Follow along as Sam and Kimberly overcome but also find out just what they’re made of and what they can actually do! The cover is cute. I can’t say it totally made me want to read the book on my own. In fact, when I first read the title I really wondered what the book would be about. I wasn’t sure I just wanted a tour of Australia by book. Well, I didn’t get that though I did get a great visual of a dairy farm in Australia. I got so much more though! This is an excellent piece of Christian fiction that I recommend. This book is highly recommended by me. I have read two of this author’s books now and they’re both amazing. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations
Anonymous 16 days ago
I have a book hangover. A Girl's Guide to the Outback by @jessicakatewrites was just the book I needed after having abandoned the last two books I tried to read. I laughed, I cried and I couldn't put it down. The main characters Sam and Kimberly run a youth ministry. Kimberly has to travel to Australia to go to try to woo her co-leader back. The problem is they don't even like each other. I loved the characters and the story. I cheered for them and yelled at them. I kinda of guessed how it would end but couldn't figure out how they would get there. I received a complimentary copy of this book from @netgalley and @thomasnelson. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Jessica Kate is a fabulous new author. I loved learning Aussie slang and stepping into another country. I know a book is a favorite when I can read it in one day like I did A Girl’s Guide to the Outback. The secondary romance made my heart swoon, because I am an absolute romantic at heart. The more romance, the better. And Jessica Kate’s novel was one that made me swoon multiple times. The characters and plot were deep, with relatable themes. The spiritual theme was true to the heart. The storyline wasn’t predictable. I, for one, can’t wait to see what Jessica Kate has coming next! I was given a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required. All opinions are my own.
WishEnd 17 days ago
A GIRL'S GUIDE TO THE OUTBACK is a story of finding self worth not in others, but in the God who loves you, and being willing to let go of fear in order to let God work in your life. The setting is rugged and charming, with characters who struggle with self-doubt and loss, but who find friendship, family, and love. Highly recommended to inspirational romance fans! This story was a roller-coaster ride of humor, friendship, struggle, disaster, faith, family, and romance that pulled on all my emotions. I laughed and cried, smiled and swooned. The characters were all easy to relate to and I loved them so much! I also liked that there were two different romances. Sometimes that can be a problem for me in a story, but it worked for me here. I loved all the banter between the love interests and the ribbing between siblings and friends. These characters, particularly Sam and Kim, have some deep heartache and fears to work through. It really broke my heart watching them deal with their hurts, both from the past and during this story. However, it made the sweet and happy moments that much sweeter. There was one thing that tied things up maybe too perfectly having to do with Kim's mom that could have been left out, but that was a small thing. Otherwise, I enjoyed every minute of this story. In the end, was it what I wished for? With a charming Australian setting for most of the story, wonderful characters, sweet romance, and an emotional journey that will pull on the reader's heart, there's much to love. Grab this one if you're an inspy contemporary romance reader! I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to see what Kate writes next! Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.
amybooksy 17 days ago
A Girl's Guide to the Outback is a wonderful and fun read. I absolutely loved this cute story. It had my laughing throughout. It is by far my favorite I have read by Jessica Kate to date. Samuel and Kimberly were pure delightful getting to know. I am giving A Girl’s Guide to the Outback a very well deserved five plus stars. I have already highly recommended it to my friends. Readers who enjoy a sweet romance will not want to pass on this one. I loved it! I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
EbosAifuobhokhan_28 18 days ago
You'd find two love stories in this book. Love stories between two different set of people but above all between the individuals and God. There is a lesson in this book for everyone. This book is filled with sweet humor, breathtaking chemistry, grit, fearlessness, loyalty, trust in God... First of, we meet the fiery, fearless Kim and the sweet, scared Sam. Their's was a roller coaster of insecurities, unrequited admiration and respect and a lot of self discoveries. I've never seen a book deal with deeply buried insecurities like this book. Sam carried his insecurities like a signpost on his forehead, Kimberly had been wounded by those who should have loved her and that made her somewhat fearless and archenemies with Sam for a long time. I loved reading about their individual and collective journeys to letting go and moving on with God's purpose for their lives. It was so sweet how they complemented each other. A lot of hurt and words flew around but the important lesson here was when God is involved nothing stops Him. Their story will inspire you to make changes you've been afraid and reluctant to. Then we meet Mick and Jules. Jules is Sam's sister and in charge of their family farm in Australia that has been in the family for four generations. She allowed her place in the farm to define and cage her. Mick was frustrated with Jules because of their past. Jules had life changing decisions to make if only she could trust God and learn that she wasn't defined by what she did but by Whose she is. There is something for everyone in this book. No review would do it justice. You just have to read the book yourself. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
LGHudson 18 days ago
DELIGHTFUL! Jessica Kate is quickly becoming one of my favorite new young authors! Her latest release, A GIRL’S GUIDE TO THE OUTBACK, is my kind of book! The two main characters Kimberly Foster & Samuel Payton are easy to grow to love and you’ll quickly want to know more of their story. **Part of their introduction is told in Kate’s first book LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES.** Although Sam is Australian, he’s been working with WILDFIRE, an organization that provides opportunities for students to hear the Gospel and then get involved in some type of small group to help them continue to grow. Kim is the behind-the-scenes girl who makes sure everything runs smoothly so all Sam has to do is speak to the people the Message of Life! You’d think it would make for a beautiful relationship, right? Not so much! Why? Well, there’s her secret crush on him, his total insecurities about every single thing about himself, the struggling ministry, the guilt of him feeling needed at home and him always seeming as though Kim is on his last nerve. Sam heads back to Australia to work on his family’s farm, causing the ministry to nose dive. The governing board decides the best idea is to send Kim over to come up with a Master Money Plan to save the Family Farm in exchange for Sam coming back to the ministry to find and/or train his replacement. What ensues is one of the most entertaining and endearing books I’ve read in a long time! Kim is used to an office, not out mucking a cattle stall or hooking a cow up to a milking machine! Readers will find many moments of pure hilarity but the two characters also come to understand and appreciate each other in all manner of new ways. There are also moments of great inspiration as well. While going about their chores, Sam and Kim had been asking each other the question, “What would you do if you could do anything?” Sam’s response, “Mine’s what you’d expect. Preaching or talking to the kids one on one. Getting to articulate the ultimate truths of the universe and put them into people’s brains. Nothing better.” Kim was quick to reinforce his gift set. “I don’t think you realize how good you are at it...Talking to people the way you do. When you listen to someone, it’s like you forget the rest of world and they’re the most fascinating thing in the universe to you. That’s why the kids love you so much.” She continued, “You don’t know how much it means for someone who doesn’t have anyone in their corner to really be listened to. It changes everything.” That really spoke to me as I have been involved in some type of youth ministry for 44 years. I could relate to so much of the lives of these characters and the entire storyline.
Melissa Andres 20 days ago
This is the first book I've read from Jessica Kate and I'm looking forward to going back to read her debut novel, Love and Other Mistakes. I enjoyed the story being set in Australia and the slang terms that we learn while reading. The comedy was fun and the romance was quite enjoyable. Sam and Kim have great chemistry. I enjoyed their story together as well as each of their personal journeys. Quite an enjoyable read. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
Faye_reviews 21 days ago
Kimberly Foster is an ambitious business woman, still hurting from her painful childhood. She gets involved with Wildfire Ministries, working with numbers and helping start ups is her job, but Youth Pastor Sam Preston feels like she is turning the ministry into a business. He feels unqualified to be at the head of what the ministry is turning into, so he goes back home to the family farm to help the struggling outfit make turn a profit. Kim and Sam couldn't be more different, but when Sam leaves Kim will do anything to win him back. A fun contemporary romance spanning continents, where opposites attract, and sparks fly. Kim and Sam couldn't be more different, Kim specializes in helping start ups, while Sam is more conservative and would prefer to minimize all risks. As the story progresses we see more of who Kim and Sam really are, and the vulnerabilities behind their strengths. I liked the sunny setting, as well as Sam's sister Jules who feels torn between her duty to the family farm and her heart. A modern rom-com for fans of tales when opposites attract. I loved the little tastes of Australia, from the details about the weather to the flourishes of Australia lingo. I liked how the different ways that Kim and Sam connect with others are highlighted and celebrated. Enjoyable read from beginning to end. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
ibjoy1953 21 days ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK I really enjoyed this interesting story from author Jessica Kate. I love that the characters and sassy and stubborn because it kept me more interested in the story and makes me story flow. Written by an Australian author, readers flow the journey with Sam as he returns to his homeland to help out his mom and sister on their farm. And I learned an amazing amount of Aussie slang as it was used throughout the book. I know some missionaries in Australia, so I enjoyed all of the details of the scenes taking place there. The cast of mixed characters give a lot of flavor to the story. There are many times you will find yourself laughing, and there are some sad moments ad well. The Christian lifestyle was weaved throughout the story in a somewhat subtle way. And it had a sweet ending. The only thing I wasn’t really fond of in the story was some of the words that were used to describe a few things. And though its only a few times, it saddens me because I can’t suggest this for a teenager to read. Which I could if these words were left out. I read an ARC, maybe the final release with be different. If you are looking for a humorous, sweet yet crazy read, this is one you will love. A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  
GailHollingsworth 22 days ago
I’ve always had an itching to visit Australia and I got to do so vicariously through Kimberly Foster in A Girl’s Guide to the Outback. I enjoyed the descriptions of the animals, terrain and Australian slang found among the pages. I felt for her and Samuel both in their conflicted feelings for their responsibilities and for each other. Samuel’s sister Jules added a fun character to the mix. Trying to save Jules diary farm in the Outback during flooding and then high winds brought on an element of “Will they, or won’t they?” My heart almost stopped during the fire when Meg and her babies safety was in question. And not the least of all was a questioning of guilt VS God’s will for your life. All these elements came together to make for an enjoyable story and an introspection of my own life in relation to what God’s will is in my life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
LifeofLiterature 22 days ago
This story is a great blend of romance, spunky characters, animated banter, and deep relationships! I found myself transported to the Australian setting and immersed in the descriptions of farm life. I liked how the characters transformed and changed throughout the story as they grow both individually and in their friendships and relationships. The spiritual content was woven well among the plot, and definitely had elements that were relatable to my own life. This story reminded me of a fun romantic comedy, with the ups and downs in the relationships, and I found myself really enjoying how everything came together in the end. Jessica Kate definitely is a talented writer and I highly recommend her books! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Phyllis_H 22 days ago
A story of belonging My rating is 4.5 stars You may remember Kimberly, the annoyingly perfect woman who competed with Natalie for the internship in Love and Other Mistakes. And you will, of course, remember Sam, the handsome, dynamic Australian youth pastor. Who could forget him?! Well, they're back. . . Kim and Sam's three-and-a-half-year working relationship was full of misunderstandings. Both had read into the other's words and reactions and had pictures of the other that were completely wrong. Kim's aura of strength and confidence was born out of a desire to just once, please her mother and be good enough. Sam was insecure about his dyslexia and thought everyone considered him to be dumb. I loved the way Sam and Kim began to see each other in a new light when they were no longer in the office environment. And as they saw the truth about each other, they were able to move past a world of hurts. I appreciated that despite the fact kangaroos and koalas did make an appearance in the story, their presence wasn't overblown, nor were other Australianisms. When expressions unique to that continent were used, they were explained in a manner that blended with the story instead of feeling stuck in there. As a bonus, there were two romances here, not just one. Julia, Sam's sister, and Mick, their neighbor-turned-vet had some very rough times. Yet Mick was so sweet to her. I loved the way he swept her away when she was dealing with her grief and knew just how to care for her. I recommend this story for anyone who enjoys romance and changed lives. Read my review of A Girl's Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate at AmongTheReads.net
Andrea_C 22 days ago
I was so excited to see a new book from Jessica Kate! I enjoyed her debut novel, Love and Other Mistakes. This one serves as a follow-up novel but completely works as a standalone. We are introduced to Sam and Kimberly in the first novel, but this is their story and you don't need to have read LOM to understand this one. Of course, I always recommend reading all of the books in a series for maximum enjoyment! This one took me a little bit longer to get into than the first book. But once I got into it, I enjoyed it. Kimberly is strong and amazing at her job, but suffers from a lot of anxiety and an overbearing mother who didn't really seem to want her in her life. Sam is one of the best youth directors ever, but his dyslexia gets in the way of him pursuing many of his dreams. And he is very dedicated to his older sister Jules. Jules is super spunky and stubborn and would make an amazing best friend. Sam goes back to Australia to help his sister who is struggling with the family farm. Jules has heard all about Kimberly and hatches a plan to have Kimberly come overseas to help figure out how to save the farm while also trying to get Sam to help find his perfect replacement at the youth center he left behind in the US. Jules also has some slight ulterior motives because she knows that the two of them belong together. I like watching Sam and Kimberly going back and forth, continuing to spar but then learning to appreciate each other, becoming friends, and developing a slow burn of a relationship. Secondary in this story is the relationship between Jules and her ex-boyfriend Mick. All four of them have so much to work through, and together it seems more possible. And I especially loved having the Australian setting for this one for something a little different in my reading. I'm looking forward to Ms. Kate's next novel! Thank you to the publisher for providing me a review copy via NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.