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The House on Burra Burra Lane

(The Swallow's Fall #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  729 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Just ten days after her fresh start in the isolated Snowy Mountains, Samantha Walker trips over a three hundred pound pig and lands in the arms of Dr. Ethan Granger — and the firing line for gossip. It was hardly a ‘date’ but sparks of the sensual kind are difficult to smother in a community of only 87 people. Now there’s a bet running on how long she’ll stay and what she’ ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leaving behind an abusive ex fiance and a demanding mother, Samantha (Sammy) Walker escapes Sydney and heads to the town of Swallow Falls in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. She's only been in the area for 10 days when she rushes into the vets room with her ginger cat, Duke where she finds herself stumbling over, Ruby the resident pig and falling straight into the arms of the vet Dr Ethan Granger.

Sammy quickly learns that Ethan is not only a veterinarian, but also a carpenter. Sammy has numerous rep
Samantha Walker made a grand entrance into the township of Swallow’s Fall in the Snowy Mountains of NSW and its residents when she rushed into the vet’s rooms with her ginger cat Duke, tripped over Ruby, the resident pig, and went flying into the arms of the local vet, Dr Ethan Granger. Escaping from Sydney, an abusive ex-fiance and nasty, vindictive mother, Sammy had only been in Swallow’s Fall and her very own “old” home for ten days, and she wasn’t expecting to have her blood stirred by a han ...more
Samantha Walker made a grand entrance into the township of Swallow’s Fall in the Snowy Mountains of NSW and its residents when she rushed into the vet’s rooms with her ginger cat Duke, tripped over Ruby, the resident pig, and went flying into the arms of the local vet, Dr Ethan Granger. Escaping from Sydney, an abusive ex-fiance and nasty, vindictive mother, Sammy had only been in Swallow’s Fall and her very own “old” home for ten days, and she wasn’t expecting to have her blood stirred by a han ...more
Shirley Wine
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last as I read well into the wee small hours to finish it in one sitting.

Jennie Jones does a great job of encapsulating the joys, the triumphs and the tribulations of small, rural town life, where everyone knows everyone else... she creates memorable characters from Ruby the pet pig, to Ethan, the hunky vet with a shadowed past who moonlights as a carpenter in his spare time, and Sammy, the new girl in town, and all the townsfolk who run a bet on ho
Lauren K
Australian author Jennie Jones (Born in the UK but now lives in WA- so we’ll claim her as our own) debut novel The House on Burra Burra Lane is the first country romance novel in the Swallow’s Fall Series set in the Snowy Mountains in NSW.

Samantha Walker has escaped her controlling mother and abusive ex-fiance in Sydney to start afresh in Swallow’s Fall. It’s her first attempt at breaking free from the reigns of her mother and making a life for herself to pursue whatever interests she desires. T
Suze Lavender
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sammy needs a fresh start and therefore she moves to Swallow's Fall. She's purchased a house there that needs a lot of work, but she's determined to love and cherish it and to make it a wonderful place to live. While she's only been there shortly she meets vet and carpenter Ethan. He's the one she needs for help with her home. They come to an agreement, something that will suit them both, but isn't as easy for Ethan as it may seem. Of course this means spending more time together. They instantly ...more
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
The last thing Samantha Walker is expecting when she rushes in to the local veterinary surgery with her cat is to trip rather ungraciously over a pig and straight into the arms of a gorgeous man who just turns out to be Ethan Granger, the local vet.

A design artist who has fled Sydney to gain much needed distance between a conniving, controlling and self-centred mother along with an ex-fiance who proved he has no moral high-ground, she’s only been in Swallow’s Fall for ten days, trying to gain a
Paula Clark
I really enjoyed the storyline and setting, although I did find it somewhat predictable. Plenty of emotional and sexual tension to be navigated throughout also.

The one thing that resonated with me was the underlying fear that some people find rule their lives. The fear that they will end up like their abusive father for instance - the thought that they could never have children for fear of the children going through what they went through themselves as children. For some it must be a huge mounta
Moon Love
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I've read this book before. I was familiar with the story but I couldn't find that I'd marked it as read on goodreads and since joining two years ago, everything I read gets marked on here. I must have read it and forgotten about it. It was great reading it again. I look forward to more books set in Swallow's Fall.
I enjoyed reading this book set in familiar surroundings. I do not normally read novels of the romantic genre. For this reason I would like to have seen more depth of meaning in storyline. Sammy and Ethan were very likeable and found this book an entertaining and cheerful read.
Venetia Green
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for utterly fresh description and heart-twisting romance.
Emma (EmmaBookish)
Rating: 3 stars

Review: I have actually read this series out of order (started with #5), and I have to say the author definitely improves with her books. I loved the third book, but unfortunately I was let down by this book.

Characters: Firstly, Ethan isn't exactly portrayed as someone that is swoon worthy. Certain things about his mannerisms and what he says turns me off about him, such as the hot-and-cold nature, being unwilling to open up and talk about his problems, and focussing heavily on
Eleni Konstantine
4.5 stars

What a lovely read written rural romance about two people with lots of baggage. Sammy is trying to find herself in the rural town of Swallow's Fall, population 87. She literally crashes into Ethan, where there's instant attraction but they try to stick with friendship thanks to said buggage.

It's heartbreaking to see the obstacles holding them back - family tragedy, betrayal, mistreatment. Not to mention the focus of the town on them.

Ms Jones has a unique way of telling the story - ther
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Great Australian Rural Romance. I love the history that comes with a country town and how tongues can wag. Having moved to a small West Australian Country town myself nine years ago I've become inept at the small town syndrome, it can make or break a reputation. Ethan is a strong country vet who has had a past follow him. When Sammy Walker, ex city girl rolls into town and buys his old family homestead, this Vet has no chance. Love hits hard and usually with reluctance on both parties.

A great
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think it was amazing that someone that hasn't lived in the Snowys as far as I know wrote about it. The town size was more like 1,000.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book - enjoyed the storyline and the characters. Could just 'see' the townspeople and 'hear' the gossip going on. Good job, "JennieJones"
Vicki Robe
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous read by Jennie Jones. Had a few curve balls I didn't see coming in the storyline. But most of all was intriguing and page-turning magic!
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Above average romance with believable and likeable characters and a realistic storyline. I’d happily read more of the author’s work.
Sam Still Reading
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of rural romance fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: loved the cover/ecopy from publisher - thank you
The House on Burra Burra Lane first grabbed my attention with that gorgeous cover. Not only do you have the rustic cottage and the snow-capped mountains, you’ve also got a girl who looks like she’s having incredible fun. (Plus, in the interests of full disclosure, I really like her lip gloss colour!) However, the smile on the cover hides what is a romance with quite a few very suspenseful scenes.

From the very first chapter, I felt a kind of undercurrent running through the narrative that everyth
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Samantha (Sammy) Walker opens THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE with a bang when she dramatically trips over a large pig in the waiting room of local vet Ethan Granger. It helps that he is there to catch her but unfortunately in a town only has 80 odd people living in it; the sight of a young pretty newcomer ending up in the arms of an eligible bachelor is food for gossip. There is also a tab running at the local pub as to how long the city girl will stay a resident!
Sammy has moved to the small comm
Aussie bookworm
This Months Australian Feature Author is a debut Author called Jennie Jones and I had the great privilege to read this wonderful Australian story.

I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Australian Rural Romance, I always considered them to be “old people” books, but now my eyes have been opened and The House on Burra Burra Lane has made it to one of my favourite reads.

Samantha walker leaves everything behind and buys a run down house in the middle of nowhere, aka The Snowy Mountains NSW. Samantha be
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I was just in the mood for some light reading after some classics & literary works. The House on Burra Burra Lane definitely fits the bill and lightened up my day. An easygoing and entertaining read with (of course) an HEA are requisites for an Aussie outback romance to my mind. I found all these in Jennie Jones’ debut.

I loved the opening of the book –a massive pig, a damsel in distress, a down-to-earth-knight-in-shining-armor… It was funny. It was electric. It sets the tone of the book. Sam
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read the preview for Jennie Jones' debut novel The House on Burra Burra Lane I instantly added it to my reading wish list and I have to say it definitely didn't disappoint.

This rural romance has all the right ingredients - great Australian Rural backdrop, lovely small town with all the usual quirks and stories, a girl next door trying to get her life in order and a ruggedly handsome, always helpful, little bit mysterious guy and a great story line and Jennie has a best seller on her hands
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The House on Burra Burra Lane opened quietly, proceeded cautiously, and then had me in laughter and tears. Kind of like the novel’s romantic relationship! I liked how I got to know Sammy and Ethan as slowly as they got to know each other. Their lives unfolded gradually to each other and to the reader.

Sammy buys a house in rural Australia. The local vet helps her make the repairs. After some unique and wonderful turning points — ringing the High Striker bell at the fair, and rescuing a 300-lb pig
Jenny Schwartz
This was such a wonderful, warm-hearted book. Jennie Jones captures the country of the Snowy Mountains beautifully. Dreams have been fought for there, lost and recovered. Ethan is a strong hero whose vulnerability is believable. We've all settled for self-imposed limits and thought we were being wise. Sammy, the heroine, is instantly likeable. She has courage, even if she doesn't think so, and her enthusiasm and energy sparkle through the story.

All of that said, it's the ending of the story that
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Walker has escaped an abusive boyfriend and a demanding mother in Sydney and taken off to an old house in a small town (population 86) in the Snowy Mountains. Less than a month later she finds herself in the arms of tall handsome Ethan Granger. Although the embrace was accidental—Dr. Granger is a veterinarian and Sammy was bringing her cat in for a checkup when she stumbled over a very large pig on the way in to his surgery—the attraction and thrill is mutual. Pretty soon they’re the ta ...more
Talking Books
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The House On Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones was a phenomenally turbulent, emotional read that beguiles the reader with it's passionate characters, sizzling chemistry and boundless community spirit throughout the book. Surprises aplenty all through the story and many loveable characters make for a tremendously impressive read and entertaining story from the start of the book right through to the finish. Be drawn to the captivating characters of The House On Burra Burra Lane and the many challen ...more
M.A. Grant
The House on Burra Burra Lane may take place in Australia, but the emotions of the hero and heroine, and life within the tightly-knit community could be found anywhere. Jones has not only created a beautifully authentic romance - one full of compromises, changes, and hard-won battles - but has also left me feeling homesick at the end of the book. The townspeople of Swallow's Fall and the camaraderie they share was a well-crafted addition to this contemporary rural romance. With a mix of country ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed reading House on Burra Burra Lane. I found it showed that no matter what happens in life there is always a turn in the road that you don't expect. By being determined about who you want and who you don't want in your life will find its way of working itself out. Sammy and Ethan found that you can't let the past determine who you are, you have to let it go and believe in your future.
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