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Snowy Mountains Daughter (A Bundilla Novel, #1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08F6M8GQ7
- Publisher : Mira (1 February 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1085 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,779 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Clancy is a little bit of all of us. A little bit of fun, a little bit of tragedy, a little bit lonely, a little (well, a lot) in love.
Heath is the prodigal son returning, and you just know that he is going to stay.
I loved the part with Heath coming home to paint the water tower - we had a very well known artist come and paint our silos a couple of years ago, and it was amazing, driving by each day and watching the progress of the mural, and how it brough the town together).
But, I digress lol.
Dark secrets, long time love and finally a HEA all come together to bring us a lovely tale. I have not read Alissa Callen before, however I will read more in the future.
The fictional town of Bundilla in Australia’s high country provides the setting for Ms Callen’s latest novel. Bundilla is a close-knit community, a place where peony farmer Clancy Parker feels at home even if she must remain alone. The man she loved is long gone.
Heath MacBride, a talented artist once called Bundilla home. He left to pursue his art, something his father would never accept. But family is always complicated, and with his father in poor health, Heath returns for a short period to support his mother. He has accepted a commission to paint a mural on Bundilla’s water tower. Clancy’s brother Rowan, Heath’s best friend, arranges for Heath to stay on the Parker family property, Ashcroft.
Meet Bundy, an independent free-spirited kelpie, who belongs to no-one but helps many. Bundy shadows Heath, helps out at the school, and is a wonderful mascot for Bundilla. It is almost inevitable that Bundy will be part of the mural on the water tower.
And, while Clancy, Heath and Bundy are central to this story, Ms Callen has introduced a wonderful caste of supporting characters. These include Clancy’s best friend, Brenna, Mabel the local journalist, and the formidable elderly twins Millicent and Beatrice Amos. Each character has a part to play.
While Clancy can tell that Heath is troubled, she seems unable to breach the defences he has built. Why can’t Heath confide in her? Heath’s father is failing, and his mother is struggling. Why is Heath’s father so hostile towards him?
I really enjoyed this novel, with its mixture of romance and secrets. I could imagine the Misses Amos reigning over meetings of the book club and felt great sympathy for Heath’s mother as she tries to keep her husband safe from the ravages of his dementia.
What does the future hold for Heath and Clancy and for Bundilla? Please do not make us wait too long to find out, Ms Callen.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
I loved that this story is told from both Clancy’s and Heath’s perspectives as it gave a far better insight into their motivation and feelings. I admired Clancy. Having lost her parents in a river boat incident three years earlier and with her brother overseas, she competently manages the family farm as well as working her flower farm. She’s strong, very independent and a key member of her local community.
Heath McBride, the only man she’s ever wanted, secretly wants her too but he believes there are barriers to a possible relationship so he’s hiding his feelings as best he can. Disowned by his father at age 18, Heath is a talented street artist, back in town at age 28 to paint the water tower. He’s complex and I didn’t always agree with his actions, but I did admire his unbelievably compassionate treatment of his father, who has been diagnosed with dementia. I loved his plan to paint various familiar scenes from the family farm, “If his father couldn’t retain his memories he’d capture them for him.”
This story was engaging on many levels. The water tower mural provided plenty of entertainment throughout and the ups and downs faced by Clancy and Heath added interest. Perhaps the most entertaining character was former cattle dog Bundy, who stars in the mural painting but aside from that has his own social media account. nearly steals the show. With a dog front and centre in this story, how could I not love it?
I adored this novel and the characters populating its pages. This is a sweet rural romance underpinned by delicious longing (mmm tasty slow burn) and words left unspoken - and to top it all off, there's a fascinating family mystery threading its way throughout the story. Rural romance can be quite crowded, but Alissa Callen has written a true gem here and any fan of the genre should check this one out.