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Charming the Outback

Summary: Madeleine McIntyre aims for a fresh start when she lands in a small town—Broken Hill— in the outback for a teaching job. How fresh the start is, is open to discussion because she has followed Luke White, a guy who rejected her after having an affair with her. Luke thinks she is high maintenance and is not suited to life in a small town, especially at a sheep station. However, Maddy is determined to prove that she is and is ready to fight for a chance.
My thoughts: Charming the Outback is apparently the companion to another book by Leesa Bow with Maddy’s cousin Hunter and her best friend Aubree. However, this can be read as a standalone.

This is a book about second chances and fighting for them. It is full of the confusion, thrill, immaturity and emotion-charged reactions of first love.

There are glimpses of the Aussie outback and the workings of a sheep station, which I liked. Certain usages (very much Australian) made me pause and wonder if this is a book meant for distribution just in Australia.

Every now and then I wanted to kick either Maddy or Luke for being immature. I liked their friends, although they weren’t much better either.

It is a sweet story but 50 pages too long for me. I would have liked it more had it been not so drawn out.

Note: This book was given to me by Penguin Books Australia | Destiny Romance in exchange for an honest review. I thank them for that.

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