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Country Town Issues
on 8 June 2018
I've tried one other Karly Lane book, but something about it at the time didn't work for me, so I'm really glad to say that Six Ways to Sunday did work, I've really enjoyed it.
It's a different style of rural romance. I can't think of another book I've read that begins with the main characters already married, then ducks back into a quick recap of how they met and their whirlwind city romance. The bulk of the book then returns to newly married life in the regional town and farm lands of Pallaburra (a very long way from Sydney) that is home to Dan and his parents, and their cattle-farming history, - the Kincaids.
Rilee is a fun character in the feisty mould. Dan is salt of the earth. I enjoyed them both on the page together.
Rilee has her own goals, and I love how she sets out to meet them, taking no prisoners on her way to create change in the town. I did wish Dan stood up to his folks more, particularly his Mum.
There is a nice secondary plot to the issues in the regional town, of teenage pregnancy, sexual health, lack of support services, lack of opportunity - I thought this was really well done.
If I have a gripe, it's just that sense of such a neat bow being drawn in the last 5% of the book. I guess I was looking for a little more of a showdown between Riley, Ellen and Dan, rather than having issues resolved off the page.