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Outback Dreams (A Bunyip Bay Novel, #1) Kindle Edition
Faith and Monty are both looking for love...in the wrong direction.
Faith Forrester is at a crossroads. Single, thirty and living on a farm in a small Western Australian town, she's sick of being treated like a servant by her brother and father. Ten years ago, her mother died of breast cancer, and Faith has been treading water ever since. She wants to get her hands dirty on the family farm. She wants to prove to herself that she's done something worthwhile with her life. And she wants to find a man...
For as long as he can remember, Daniel 'Monty' Montgomery has been Faith's best friend. When he was ten, his parents sold the family property in Merindah and moved to Perth to be closer to support services for his autistic brother, and ever since, Monty's dreamed of having his own place. So for the last ten years, he's been back on the land, working odd jobs and saving every dollar to put toward his dream. And now he finally has it. But there's still something missing...
So when Faith embarks on a mission to raise money for a charity close to her heart – Dogs for Autism – and Monty's dream property comes on the market, things seem like they are falling into place for them both. Until a drunken night out ends with them sleeping together. Suddenly, the best friends are both facing a new set of challenges...
Monty and Faith are both ready to find a life partner and settle down, but have they both been looking in all the wrong places?
About the Author
Australian voice artist and actress Casey Withoos holds a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) from The University of Melbourne. She is perhaps best known around the country for her appearance on the inaugural season of The Voice Australia (2012). Casey is a regular cast member with Boilerhouse Theatre Company and The Mount Players where she has starred in Sweeney Todd, Spamalot, Xanadu and Les Miserables – to name a few. A highly skilled narrator, Casey has recorded over 30 audiobooks across a range of genres in just 12 months. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00E54CR3U
- Publisher : Mira (1 October 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 3968 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 29,435 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have read Rachael Johns' rural romances and several of her women's fiction novels, but I really do think her voice is perfect in rural - that love of, and knowledge of, Australian people and Aussie small towns really shines through.
Because I'm so late to the party on this one, there are lots more Bunyip Bay titles I can now look up!
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This book launches a series around the town of Bunyip Bay in Australia. I enjoy this book as I not only received a romance but I was able to learn a few things about the culture in that country. There were times that my e-reader's dictionary didn't even know the word but that is the beauty of this author, I would eventually learn it or it wasn't necessary to really understanding the story.
I adored the fact that this was written in my favorite dual POV format. There were times when I really wanted to slap Monty (Daniel Montgomery) so very much. He seemed like such a selfish man and was focused on the wrong things. But reading from his POV really helped me to better understand him. I still wanted to slap him though. To me, that is a sign of a wonderful story. One that brings me the reader to such depth of emotions.
There were a scene or two that may offend some but there is a good story to be read here.
Boarding school and college over, both Faith and Monty were adults now – Faith still living on the family farm at Bunyip Bay and Daniel (Monty) Montgomery back and working odd jobs to save enough money to buy his own farm. The two of them remained fast friends – best buddies – helping each other out, enjoying a beer together. But things had changed (as they tend to do). Faith’s Mum had passed away ten years prior to cancer and while her Dad and brother Ryan continued to work the farm, Faith wanted more than just cooking for the men and cleaning the house.
When Faith decided to do a fundraiser to raise money for autism and the special dogs which were needed to be companions to autistic children, she settled on the Barking Ball to be held in Bunyip Bay. As the members of the town rallied around her to help, Monty’s dreams of owning his own farm were coming closer to fruition. Unexpectedly though the two best friends were feeling uncomfortable around one another – what was going on? Faith knew she couldn’t lose the friendship she’d cherished her whole life; Monty wasn’t sure what to do…
Outback Dreams by Aussie author Rachael Johns is the first in the Bunyip Bay series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having already read the third and fourth in the series, which I loved, I decided I needed to read the first two. Outback Dreams is a delightful rural romance with characters that I had already met in the later books, so it was like catching up again (though in a back to front way) The descriptions of farm life were authentic and real – Clancy’s Breakaway was beautiful. (I wondered if it’s the author’s home or the one she dreams of having) I especially loved Jenni and Nora. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Outback Dreams.
Faith is a wonderful heroine. Capable but lonely, looking to change her life. Sharing her journey is a pleasure. And Monty is a great hero (I struggled for a little bit with him, because to me Monty is a dog's name -- no one call their hero Toby, that's my dog's name!). A key theme in the story is the impact of caring for an autistic family member -- this isn't shown so much onscreen, as in its implications and consequences. Caring for a family member can cause a lot of conflict in other relationships and Rachael handles the issues sensitively.
A friends to lovers story that is a great escape to rural Australia and a celebration of ties of love and community.
Meanwhile Monty has an Autistic younger brother who has to have a lot of therapy to be able to interact and survive the society in which we live. His parents sold the Family farm to finance a move to Perth and the required help for his brother. this caused a lot of
resentment for Monty. he finished School and vowed to go back to the Country and work to save and buy the farm back!, Enough from me, buy the Book and find the rest out for your self. I Loved the Story and could relate to it as I have an Autistic Grand- daughter, who is now well able to cope in society.