Her Outback Cowboy

Her Outback Cowboy

by Annie Seaton
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Her Outback Cowboy by Annie Seaton

The last thing advertising art director Lucy Bellamy wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there's one bonus-her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.

After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he's always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback-he'd lose, hands down.

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ISBN-13: 9781546778202
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/19/2017
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Her Outback Cowboy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Splashesintobooks1 5 months ago
I am very happy to say that I requested and was gifted a copy of this novel via NetGalley; this is my honest opinion after choosing to read this delightful book. The pivotal character in the story is the Grandmother, Helena, who contacts her four grandchildren(Lucy, Sebastian, Jemima, and Liam) and instigates their return to her home, Pickle Creek Farm near Pilliga Scrub, where they all grew up after a tragic accident killed their parents. Gran is a true matriarchal figure and all four cousins, with varying degrees of reluctance, leave their homes and jobs to visit. They discover their grandfather is in hospital for surgery and Gran wants to talk to them about the future. One of the cousins is advertising art director Lucy Bellamy. She is busy creating a new ad campaign and is surprised when returning to the place she’d always wanted to escape from actually revives some happy memories rather than the resentment she felt as an orphan. When she meets with Garth Mackenzie, now the owner of what had been his parents’ farm next door to Pickle Creek Farm, the attraction between them is instantly rekindled. However, Lucy has no intention of staying on the farm, whilst Garth has returned to stay after university and then working as an engineer. She’s always been the one for him but she still seems to want the city life whilst he prefers his Outback farm. As more revelations are made, can love find a way to help these two move on to their HEA together or will past resentments drive them apart again? This is a great start to a new series and it was a pleasure to escape into the Australian Outback setting which the author brought to life in my imagination whilstI was reading the story. The interactions between the characters are superbly portrayed, making them feel ‘real’. There are some fantastic twists that add to the angst and turmoil, keeping the dramatic story flowing and the reader enthralled. It is a fun, light hearted and enjoyable story that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. I can’t wait to read more in this series, presuming the other books will focus on Sebastian, Jemima and Liam but still let readers know more about how Lucy and Garth’s relationship progresses!
Cheryl-S 5 months ago
This is book one in the Prickle Creek series and it features Lucy Bellamy and Garth MacKenzie. Although there are other things happening in this story and with other characters, Lucy's decision on where to live her life and what to do with it is the main thread. Annie Seaton writes in a way that takes me to Australia, though I've never been, and I can almost feel the weather, the red dusty roads, the roos and the dogs. I also feel a tremendous sense of family in her stories. There were a couple of moments that brought tears to my eyes but the one that got me the hardest was when Lucy says: "Listen Gran. Close your eyes and listen. Can you hear it?" "Hear what?" "I can hear Mum, Aunty Jean and Aunty Carol laughing. They're here with us in spirit." ...and the tears started flowing. BRAVO Annie Seaton! Beautiful and emotional! Excellent writing with fabulous characters. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Lori-Gonzo 5 months ago
My first thought while reading this book was that I really hope this is the first in a new series. I am really interested in Liam and Sebastian's histories. This book had such a strong, but a little vulnerable family dynamic. Lucy and her cousins reminded me of mine. Although you may not see each other often, once reunited it is like you haven't been apart. They were supportive and joking with each other, such a great part to the story. And when Gran told the reason for her mood, like an arrow to the heart. That was so sweet. Now, on to Garth and Lucy. I loved the easy comfort of their friendship and how smoothly they transformed into something more. They were a couple to root for. Garth was simply a great caring generous guy. I really liked him all the way to the end. And Lucy was great as well, but made me want to talk some sense into her while she struggled with her decision making. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 5 months ago
3.75 stars--HER OUTBACK COWBOY is the first installment in Annie Seaton’s contemporary, adult PRICKLE CREEK romance series focusing on a once tight knit family of cousins (Lucy Bellamy, Jemima Smythe, Sebastian Richards, and Liam Smythe) torn apart by the accident that caused the death of their three mothers. This is advertising art director Lucy Bellamy, and ranch owner Garth Mackenzie. Told from several third person perspectives including Lucy and Garth HER OUTBACK COWBOY focuses on the second chance relationship between advertising art director Lucy Bellamy, and ranch owner Garth Mackenzie. Six years earlier Lucy lost her mother to a tragic accident, then one year later her father died of a broken heart leaving Lucy alone to grieve at a time when her life and career was about to take off. Fast forward to present day, when Lucy, along with her cousins Jemima, Sebastian and Liam are called home to Pilliga Scrub, back to the family ranch of Prickle Creek, Australia, where decisions are made about their future and their lives. Enter Garth Mackenzie, neighbor and ranch owner, and the man who once owned Lucy’s heart. What ensues is the rekindling relationship between Lucy and Garth, and Lucy’s bullheaded decision to never make the ‘country’ and Prickle Creek Farm her permanent home. The relationship between Garth and Lucy is one of second chances. Garth has never forgotten about the girl who walked away; and Lucy was determined to put time and distance between the man who broke her heart, and the heartbreaking memories of family and love. With her return, Garth is hoping for a second chance but Lucy wants nothing to do with working a ranch, or living without her city amenities. The $ex scenes are all implied and fade to black. We are introduced to Lucy’s cousins- Jemima Smythe, Sebastian Richards, and Liam Smythe- each of whom lost their mother to the same accident that claimed the life of Lucy’s mom. And we can’t forget the cousin’s grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Peterkin who are desperate to pull the extended family together. Be forewarned, because the author lives in Australia, HER OUTBACK COWBOY contains expressions of slang and language terminology that may not be familiar to North American readers. e.g. ute = utility vehicle: blue=argument HER OUTBACK COWBOY is a sweet story of romance and second chances with engaging characters and spirited beliefs. The premise is encouraging; the romance is fated but mostly implied; the characters are passionate and realistic. Annie Seaton pulls the reader into a story line about family, love, loss and starting over.
Lorizen 5 months ago
This is a tough one to review for me. I had a tough time with this one, I've read better by Annie. It was basically Lucy I think that didn't sit well with me, totally unrelateable and Garth wasn't that much better. I liked Liam and the rest of the cousins however they were minor players. I loved Gran and Pops! Now those two made the book. She was strict, hardworking and yet so kind to her grands when it came down to it. Gran calls the 4 kids home without telling them why, Lucy hates the outback and the farm and her memories of the boy next door Garth. Who she doesn't realize is now back home running his family farm. Lucy hasn't a nice thing to say about the farm, so Gran keeps her busy with her in the kitchen. It's harvest time, Pops is having knee surgery and they need help. There's a bottom line to Gran's calling the kids home also, you have to read the book to find that one out. Also where they're all headed, who ends up where and how it all plays out. Lots of little twists and turns. I thought Garth and Lucy were both selfish, self centered people and what surprised me was the attraction there. Yeah well, selfish is as selfish does. You may need a Bex toward the end of this one! I have to lowball this and give it 3.5 but rounded it up because of Gran and Pops. Not the best Annie has written. That's just me, please read it because it's Annie. **arc from Netgalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
foxreads11 5 months ago
I always wanted to go to Australia but after reading this, I’m not so sure! They have lots of flies and other irritating and dangerous critters! If it weren’t for the cowboy next door, Lucy would stay away from the worst of it too! Lucy and her three cousins are asked to come back to their grandparent’s ranch. Lucy is the first to say yes I will come but also the one who wants to be the first to leave. They don’t know why they were asked to come home. When they all get there, their grandmother proposes they take the ranch and it stays in the family. The others are quick to make it work. But Lucy likes the city and all things less critters. She doesn’t mind the work, but she wants to go back to her work life too. She is just a little fickle! But Garth is the boy who she left behind. The one she left her heart with many years ago. He is also back and has worked hard to buy his parent’s ranch next door and he is a hard worker. He also left his heart with Lucy. Garth is lonely and is ready to settle down and have a family. Lucy wants to go back to her city life. The longer the two are together the deeper their relationship goes. But Lucy keeps telling him, she is going back to town and where they are having fun together, she isn’t staying. Garth thinks he can change her mind. The chemistry is strong between these two. I love the family dynamics of Lucy’s family. They are all a little quirky. I am looking forward to reading books on each of the cousins. I had a hard time with a lot of the words. The Australian terminology is different and some things I couldn’t figure out that they do on the ranch. So I just went with it. At the end there was a glossary but by then it was too late and there were still words that weren’t explained. Oh well, I got what I wanted out of the book and that was a good romance! If you like Australia, ranches, cattle, gardens, flies, snakes, fishing, family, second chances, romance, utes, finding who you were meant to be with then this might be for you!
Bette313 5 months ago
The last place Lucy Bellamy wants to be is the family spread in the Australian Outback. She's made a very nice life for herself in the city and that's where she wants to stay. Family calls though so off she goes along with her 3 cousins. When faced with the fact that they will need to take over the family ranch or it will be sold since the grandparents are getting older, the four decide to each put in their time to keep that from happening. Seeing her ex Garth Mackenzie is a nice perk of being back but not even Garth can get her stay. Can he? A fabulous fun story with great secondary characters that should gives us more great stories in the future. This is a light easy read with little angst and a lot of fun. Definitely one I recommend.
Lashea677 6 months ago
As far back as Lucy can remember, she has always thrived on adventure. So despite the people and heartache she left behind, she set off to spread her wings. She never counted on family responsibilities and the boy of heart calling her home. Can the man of her dreams bring her wandering days to an end? Annie Seaton can be counted on to light up a day with her brand of humor, heart and hope. She keeps readers on their toes by showing that in life the highs can far outweigh the lows.
CathyGeha 6 months ago
Her Outback Cowboy by Annie Seaton Prickle Creek #1 Four phone calls are made to cousins requesting they return to Prickle Creek. Two men and two women who have found their way into the world and have successful jobs are called back to see their grandfather in hospital. The four are faced with a huge decision presented by their grandmother and my guess is that there will be four books in this series that will star Lucy Bellamy (first), Sebastian “Seb” Richardson, Jemima Smythe and her brother Liam. All have fond memories of time spent with their families on their grandparents’ ranch. All lost their mothers at the same time. All have ties to their ancestral land. But, are those ties strong enough to draw them from their jobs and lives and take on the responsibilities of country life on a large tract of land? That is the first question. But, as that question is dealt with in the series the next question I Lucy’s and it deals with the fact that she believes she is a city girl unable to live happily in the country. She might go back for a short period of time to help out but to live there and not in the city? Not likely. Even meeting up with her old flame Garth MacKenzie might not be enough to lure her back to her roots. It takes some time and angst and pain for the two to work things out but eventually they do get their HEA AND I am eager to find out which one of the three remaining cousins will have their story told next. It was a thrill to have my wish granted by Entangled Press LLC! I hoped when requesting this book on NetGalley that I would have my wish granted so was stoked to find out that I did indeed have the opportunity to read and review this first book in what will be a great series. Why did I want to read and review this book? Because I have read a few other books by this author, enjoyed them and wanted another crack at a book she has written…especially since they are not in local bookstores. 4 Stars