I’m just a little bit in love with Lily Malone’s style. In her latest novel, Water Under the Bridge, clear writing, a great setting, and life-like dramas all add up to easy to an easy-to-read escapist novel that is more small-town fiction than romance. Water Under the Bridge tells the story of Ella, ex-swimming champ, and her struggle to carve out a new life in a country town with her ten-year-old son, Sam. When she meets local fire-fighter and hardware store owner, Jake, there’s an immediate chemistry, but Ella has a LOT of baggage. I enjoyed the slow pace of life in the town of Chalk Hill, with its eccentric characters and views of the Porongurups. More than anything else, however, this novel has heart. Five stars for a genre-busting effort from Lily Malone.
Lily Malone has a truly unique voice to all her books. Every story is a journey into a world of true blue Australian characters, written with humour to make you smile, emotion that wraps your heart in a warm hug, and skill that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Jake (*sigh*) and Ella's story is full of everything mentioned above and more. I fell in love with the town and the people, even the bad guys. Throw in a German ex-husband and swimming coach who has a heart as big as he is, and you have an award-worthy novel in your hands.
I couldn’t put this book down, resulting in a very late night, but the sleep deprivation was worth it. The romance was delightfully real in an Australian country town setting, with a gorgeous cast of support characters which has left me looking forward to the next Chalk Hill instalment. This is the first of Lily Malone’s books I have read, but the humour, authentic characters and well written storyline means I will be looking to read more of her work.
I have read Lily Malone "The Vineyards in the Hill's", and wanted to read another one of her novels. Books by Australian Authors who set their story in small towns in Australia appeal to me. If you have lived or moved to a country town the story and the characters will sound familiar. The author / story highlighted the positives and the not so positive things of living in a country town. I enjoyed the story and the characters. Thank you Lily Malone.
Ella needs a fresh start and selling property in Chalk Hill should be a perfect opportunity. She's a single mother and her son Sam is having trouble adjusting to his new surroundings. Ella wants to take care of herself for a change, but her son isn't happy they left the city. Ella's first assignment is selling the house Jake's grandmother left him and his brothers. Jake's asking price is outrageous, but she's been given a chance and she's going to try to sell the place. However, is Jake really interested in selling the house or does he secretly want to keep it?
Jake loves Chalk Hill and life is even better now that Ella has moved into town. The former professional swimmer fascinates him and because she's selling his house there's plenty of time to get to know her. Ella has a past and she's hiding something, Jake would love for her to trust him. Will he manage to win her over? What will happen when Ella discovers his motives behind the high price of the house? Will her dreams be shattered just like they were many years ago or will Ella find happiness in Chalk Hill after all?
Water Under the Bridge is a wonderful romantic story. Ella used to lead a safe and secure life, which was fine, but there was nothing that made her heart beat faster. She wants to achieve something on her own, which means selling a house, having some success that isn't determined by others. Her swimming career never took off because of Sam, but that was a sacrifice she was happy to make. After a difficult time she deserves some happiness and I kept hoping she'd find it with Jake. He's a good man. Even though he doesn't share his motives when it comes to the house, he only wants the best for Ella and he genuinely likes her and Sam. Jake and Ella have a beautiful connection and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if they'd get the chance to build a close relationship.
Chalk Hill is a fantastic setting. Lily Malone's gorgeous descriptions of this beautiful place are making it come to life in a delightful way. I was instantly intrigued by the inhabitants of the small town and couldn't wait to find out more about Ella's new surroundings. She fits right in, which gives the story a great feelgood factor. Lily Malone combines serious topics, that she describes in a great emphatic way, with a mesmerizing story about true love. Water Under the Bridge is charming, sweet and captivating.