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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A powerful, passionate and moving rural love story from the bestselling author of Promises and Heart of the Valley.

When Callie Reynolds arrives at Glenmore, the property she's recently inherited, the last thing she wants is to be saddled with a warty horse, an injured neighbour and a mad goose. Haunted by her sister's death and her fractured family, all she wants is
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Published April 24th 2013 by Penguin Australia
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When Callie received the letter from her father, she was devastated to discover her beloved Nanna had passed away a month earlier. She had missed the funeral; the guilt hit her like a punch to the gut. Callie hadn’t updated her parents on her new address when she’d moved – the family was estranged as she had walked out of home eight years earlier, after the death of her sister, Hope. She blamed herself for big sister Hope’s death, and believed her family blamed her too. Her life had been turmoil ...more
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A heart-warming story set in rural Australia. The plot was very predictable, but sometimes that's ok - it's nice to read the story and appreciate the complex and vulnerable characters. An easy light read by a great Aussie author.
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Cathryn Hein’s Heartland takes you on a bucolic journey to far western Victoria in this heart-warming tale of love, loss and new beginnings.

At 26, Callie thinks she’s living the life she was meant to in Airlie Beach, along with her two house mates and not much to concern her besides earning enough to pay her share of the rent. With her life
Bree T
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Callie has been a drifter for the past 8 years. She’s spent some time in the Northern Territory and up around the northern coast down to Airlie Beach where she lives now, tending bar and sharing a house. When a letter finally tracks Callie down to her new address, she’s devastated to learn that her beloved Nanna has passed away and has already been buried. Callie, who already feels guilty because of the tragedy she ran away from now has even more guilt. She never got the chance to say goodbye to ...more
Paula Clark
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of finding the courage to let go of the past and move forward - to allow yourself to open up to the world once again and enjoy the journey and not feel guilt because of it.

I loved Callie's journey toward finding herself again and her flirty relationship with Matt. I also have to admit to loving Honk - what a wonderful animal character he was :)

The only downside for me was the unfortunate timing in me reading this book straight after Half Moon Bay by Helene Young. Callie &
Lauren K
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Heartland is a character driven, emotionally charged novel about letting go of the past and being open to finding love and happiness.

Callie has been running since the day her older sister Hope died, she blames herself for her sister’s death and as a result has isolated herself from her family, avoided intimate relationships and left behind Glenmore, the one place she felt she truly belonged.

When she receives a letter advising her of the death of her nanna one month prior and is bequested the
Catherine Robertson
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fine-romances
Cathryn Hein is the mistress of warm hearted, down home romances. No fluff, lots of realistic passion, and an evocative whiff of hay and horse that will ring utterly true for anyone who's experienced actual country life, not the sanitised bucolic idyll version that never contains psycho geese and horses with warts. It's a not-so-simple love story about attachment and duty to the land and family, and how both those define our sense of self and purpose. I look forward to her next book.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick, fiction, rural
I actually disliked the main character which made it hard to like the book. She was a whiny pathetic creature. The typical dazzlingly handsome, totally understanding and patient cowboy just waiting by to love her when she finally got over herself.
Bit too ho hum and predictable topped off by an annoying main character
Samantha Short
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always such a cute lovely books to read
Bit slow at the start
But other than there really enjoyed this feel good book
Monique Mulligan
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Australian rural fiction writer Cathryn Hein's third book Heartland is the first I've read by this talented writer, and I'm sure it won't be the last. On her website, Hein says she writes "romantic fiction featuring sexy rural men who fall hard for strong-minded women ... (who) ... have to jump a few obstacles before they reach their happily ever afters", which pretty much sums up Heartland. If reading about sexy farmers and sassy women is your thing, I'd encourage you to stock up on Hein's ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

In Heartland, Callie Reynolds has spent eight years avoiding her family but her grandmother's death necessitates her return to Glenmore, the property that was once Callie's childhood refuge, and which now belongs to her. Intending to simply sell up and move on, Callie's plans are quickly sabotaged by a warty horse, a mad goose, a frightened girl and her handsome neighbour, Matt Hawkins. But Callie is determined to do what she is sure is the right thing by her sister's memory, even if it breaks
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cathryn Hein does it again!

I loved reading Cathryn's new book Heartland. Her characters are so real and relatable I felt I could easily be friends with Callie and spend weekends on her farm. The setting of Heartland was also so familiar (didn't hurt having a mention of my hometown as well). I could total imagine where Glenmore would be if it was real. I could picture young Matt being shipped off from England to board at Geelong Grammar - counting down the days til he could spend holidays at
Stacey Houllis
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rural-romance
Another great story by Cathryn Hein I could not put it down, it is about Callie who is devastated by her sister's Hope death due to a drug overdose. Which She has been running from her home since it happened and is estranged from her family. She Lives in Arlie with two flat mates when she receives a letter from her dad telling her grandmother past away and she inherited the farm. So she leaves to go sort out the farm there she meets up again with Matt and Wal her grandmothers neighbour. Callie ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very heartwarming story Callie and Matt had been through a lot but the country farm life was calling both of them I loved this one the characters add so much to the story as Callie and Matt journey to their HEA. With a goose and horses a bushfire and the caring nature of both Callie and Matt you will fall into this one I didn't want to put it down :)and there will be tears and smiles and their sensual romance will make you smile.
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book just proved again why Cathryn Hein is one of my favourite rural authors. Her books just always seem so real. Growing up on a farm near Warrnambool, it was nice to see Warrnambool and other local areas mentioned in this book. It felt like I could relate to the book more. Now if only guys like Matt really did exist! Sigh...
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Cathryn Hein's books but definitely not the last. A powerfully written Aussie drama about letting an emotional past go and to live in the present. I felt a roller coaster of emotions when reading this novel and struggled to put it down to go to sleep at night. I love books like this.
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a pleasant read. The story is set in a familiar, well described Australian landscape. The plot line is fairly predictable and safe with the usual main characters for a this genre, (beautiful but damaged heroine, quirky friends, amazingly sexy, thoughtful, caring, sharing knight in shining armour etc). An easy, light read with some touching moments.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
A quick read but I'm finding there are too many horses in these Outback stories that just don't do it for a city slicker. They are definitely made tough in the Outback with the farming, work and the demands of the weather.
After reading this book in two days all I can say is that Cathryn Hein has well and truly proved herself to be a must watch author, one that I know I will not hesitate to purchase any future books.

Simply amazing.

Full review to come later this week
Paula Beavan
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am really loving Cathryn's books, this is the third I've read and again, really enjoyed it. She has a fantastic ability to hook you with the romance and the character's inner struggles that keep you reading way beyond when you should have been at work.
Apr 01, 2013 added it
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Loved it!
Fiona Lowe
Another great RuRo read.
Deb Bodinnar
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this novel, was easy to read and loved the flirtiness between the main characters.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A beautiful heart warming rural romance. Very enjoyable read.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read with a strong cast of both human and animal characters who bring the story to life.
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A South Australian country girl by birth, Cathryn loves nothing more than a rugged rural hero who's as good with his heart as he is with his hands, which is probably why she writes them! Her romances are warm and emotional, and feature themes that don't flinch from the tougher side of life but are often happily tempered by the antics of naughty animals. Her aim is to make you smile, sigh, and ...more
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