Another great read by Karly Lane. Classic characters in a real story setting - it is so close to the mark with the 'no girl is good enough for my son' mentality of some mum's; and add to that the complexity of living next door to the mother-in-law in an isolated area. Lane does the distinction between city and traditional country life values to perfection. It is another one of Karly Lane's "can't put down" books. A must read for anyone.
Love, love, love this book! I was completely captivated by Rilee and Dan’s characters and the many momentous hurdles they seemed to face in the story. The adversaries of Ellen and Jacob provided enough friction in the story that was beyond frustrating for the romance reader in me who is all for a happily ever after finale :) Especially since these two characters were Dan’s parents! Even so, you could not dislike these adversarial characters as they too were pivotal, and whom held their own complications that blended well with Rilee and Dan’s story arc. There were twists and surprises in the read that added to the outstanding-ness in a story that was already an impressive read. I cannot rave enough about Six Ways To Sunday by Karly Lane, which is an easy fit in my top ten reads this year. It is a book that I could not put down and would go back and read again and again. Review copy received from Allen & Unwin Australia
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I’ve loved all of Karly Lane’s books and Six Ways to Sunday didn’t disappoint. I read this book in one day it was such an easy, captivating read.
City girl Rilee falls for farmer Dan. She is a qualified naturopath and has a busy practice in Sydney. Rilee is unsure if she can leave all that she has worked for behind. She has had her heart broken before and vowed never to be that naive again. A friend convinces her to take a chance on love as she can move her work anywhere and start afresh. So Rilee goes with her heart and marries Dan.
Now living in Pallaburra Rilee soon learns that finding acceptance isn’t as easy as she imagined. Whilst she handles the many challenges of her new lifestyle Rilee does make a few heart warming friendships and also quite a few enemies amongst the townsfolk.
Lane touches on some very important topics during the book such as bringing healthcare and health education into isolated country areas, contraception and information for teenagers, men’s health issues, insecticides versus natural eradication of pests. All of these issues centre round Rilee and Dan getting to know each other as husband and wife during moments of great family disharmony.
Being a city girl myself and married to a farm boy I felt real empathy for Rilee and I loved that she was outspoken and confident, not letting anyone pull her down.
I loved Rilee’s parents, carefree and accepting of others, they were very confident with who they were and added a note of light-heartedness to the story.
Despite all their differences when tragedy strikes the family bands together. “It was true what they said: times of crisis really did make people realise what was important in life.”