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I waited anxiously for this publication, and I wasn't disappointed. This is the fourth book of this author that I've purchased, and once again, this was another fabulous read. Characters are descriptively written and their lives so real and easy to relate to. It's a credit to Meredith Appleyard that she can write something so realistic and still make it difficult to put the book down. I think it's because I felt I knew the characters so well, could relate to the scenes and wasn't quite sure how the story would conclude.
I’ve found a new favourite author! Home At Last, set in Broken Hill and starring Royal Flying Doctor Service pilot Anna Kelly and nurse Nick Harrison. I’m not absolutely sure what it was about this book but I simply couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in Anna and Nick’s story that I thoroughly resented life’s little intrusions. This is essentially a story about two ordinary people, each with their own set of worries. They’re not rich or famous but they were very real to me throughout the story. I cared about their financial worries and about whether they were getting enough sleep when one night shift after another had one or other of them nearly dead on their feet. In addition to Nick and Anna, there were two other people who really touched me. Nick’s mother Marlene is just priceless and grew on me more and more as the story progressed, while Anna’s daughter Izzy really shone as the story began to draw to a close. The story itself is simple enough, yet the plot was beautifully developed with so much to like and so many little threads to keep me turning the pages. This is one story I will definitely be putting on my keeper shelf.
**4.5 stars** Meredith Appleyard has become one of my favourite authors. I love the way she portrays small town communities. This time she’s ventured into Broken Hill and while this story is not so community based, it does show similarities in it’s story line.
Anna Kelly has returned to Broken Hill as a pilot for the Royal Flying Doctor. She was in the town for a short while during her final year of high school and she didn’t count on flight nurse Nick Harrison remembering her. He’s keen to get to know her better, especially as she’s aware of why he’s now back in his home town but she has a few secrets that she wants to keep. I loved the characters in this book, I felt for Nick as he tried to do his best for his off beat Mum and the way Anna interacted with her. The book also shines a light on how the The Royal Flying Doctors work and cases they may come across, some very harrowing for those involved. Personally, I felt Anna was a bit silly not telling Nick her ‘secret’ sooner, they both well and truely were old enough for having another life...but I get it’s part of the story. I guess that’s where it didn’t quite hit the 5 star mark for me although I still loved it and the story left me in a good place. One I would highly recommend.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for a copy to read.
Home, at last, was a beautiful and endearing Australian romance. I am a big fan of romances set in the outback especially with an Australian Flying Doctors angle and Home, at last, was beyond my expectations, I loved the setting, the characters were charming the writing was wonderfully descriptive.