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Breaking The Drought

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  398 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When a smooth-talking, sophisticated city girl comes striding into town on her stiletto heels, he's the last person who wants to notice...

When Jenna McLean gets roped into attending a matchmaking ball in a small country town, she holds no illusions of meeting the man of her dreams. A no-nonsense magazine editor, Jenna doesn’t believe in leaving love to chance, which is why
ebook, 175 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
I am going back to where it all began for a favourite author of mine, Lisa Ireland. After dazzling me with her 2017 release The Shape of Us and blowing me away with The Art of Friendship most recently, I decided it was high time to catch up on Lisa’s debut novel, Breaking the Drought.

Breaking the Drought takes Jenna, a self confessed city girl with a love for stiletto heels to the country as part of a matchmaking ball. She does not intend on finding the love
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rural-romance
Breaking The Drought is the story of Jenna McLean and Luke Tanner who are having trouble in finding someone to love them. One night Jenna McLean was out with her friend Brooke when they decided to go to the "The Barlow Bush Blokes' Ball". Maggie Tanner decided to save the small town of Barlow by organising "The Barlow Bush Blokes' Ball", and she ropes in her brother-law Luke to help out with the festivities and be one of the Bachelors for the night. At first sight, Jenna and Luke clashed. Howeve ...more
Jenna McLean’s dreams of marriage to the delectable Simon had crashed and burned – Jenna was having trouble moving forward so when her best friend Brooke told her they were going to the Barlow Bush Blokes’ Ball in the small rural township some hours from Melbourne, Jenna initially refused. But Brooke was adamant and within a matter of days the two girls were pulling up outside the pub in Barlow, surrounded by like-minded people, dust and cowboys (Jenna’s description!) Jenna was a true city girl, ...more
Sam Still Reading
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: rural romance fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: from the publisher
I think everyone knows by now that rural romance is my favourite subgenre when it comes to romance. This is a bit odd as I’ve spent my adult life in the city and I don’t plan on changing any time soon. But I do love to read fish out of water stories and Breaking the Drought is a brilliant story in this vein. Another one of my favourite fiction tropes is stories set in media. So this book is double crack for me – a magazine editor fish out of water heroine going to a bush ball.

The story opens wit
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful engaging story that kept me awake until the early hours of the morning. There was no way I was going to put this book down. I was totally engrossed. Loved it. I would have given it ten stars, but unfortunately, it only goes up to five. lol

I love it when a story can captivate me so much that the characters are very true to life people. The author drew me into the world of Jenna and Luke and I stayed there until their new beginning. No not the ending as I didn't want it to end. 

Roz ~ My Written Romance
4.5 out of 5

First things first, I was meant to post this review on Friday. But thanks to a combination of sick toddler, lack of sleep and having to catch public transport, I forgot to load it on to the website. My apologies for its late arrival, Lisa!

Now to the important stuff. Breaking the Drought is a lovely, sweet romance about looking past the surface to find the reality beneath, and maybe just then finding love where you least expect to. I'm a big sucker for fish-out-of-water romances, and
Shirley Wine
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming story

Lisa Ireland has a gift of drawing the reader into the heart of the story making you care about the characters and the problems they face. Luke Tanner thought he'd lost everything the night his father and brother were killed, his dream of being a country doctor... He considered it his duty to put aside his dreams and aspirations to care for his widowed sister-in-law And his unborn nephew... His penance for the part he played in the death of his father and brother...he wasn't
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Opening line: ‘…”Jerk alert at twelve o clock”…’

Jenna McLean is a city girl through and through; and as editor of a glossy women’s magazine she is more at home with Jimmy Choos than horse shoes. So it is a sign of her close friendship with her best girlfriend that she allows herself to be dragged out of the city and into the bush for a Batchelor’s Ball. Jenna is not looking for romance, in fact she is not looking for love at all after recently being dumped by a man who ticked all the boxes on he
Georgina Penney
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly sweet story. Loved it to pieces. I've still got the warm and fuzzies:)

Jenna and Luke are fantastic characters and Ms Ireland manages to do a fish out of water tale without having the fish turning into an elephant to fit into the story. Jenna is a hard working, fashion conscious city girl who finds herself in the country on a friend's insistence they check out a Bachelors' Ball Weekend. There she meets Luke, a farmer who's dealing with a whole lot of guilt over his brother's death
Delwyn Jenkins
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Breaking the Drought is a fantastic novel with a great deal of heart. Jenna is a fish out of water (though a classy fish with a great wardrobe and designer shoes) and the rural way of life is real culture shock for her. But as Jenna learns more about these people and their lives she begins to see there is much more under the surface than she thinks.
Luke isn’t looking for a relationship. He has family obligations and they’ve taken him over almost without him realizing it. When Jenna bowls into to
Robyn Koshel
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Breaking the drought” is such a lovely read. It makes true the saying “opposites attract”. Jenna is the typical city girl and Luke is the country boy; and they sure do clash.

While researching “marriage material” Jenna goes to a country match making dance to see if there is some sort of formula to the matches.

At the start, Luke and Jenna have a love/hate thing going on but the hot Australian sun soon heats things up.

Luke is a troubled character, and Lisa Ireland portrays him with such warmth and
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jenna is convinced by her friend Brooke to come away for the weekend and attend a bachelor's ball in the country. Jenna has just broken up with her fiancee Simon, who cheated on her and decides why not!! Because they are late to the party all the accommodation in town has been taken and therefore they are housed with Maggie and Luke on a property on the outskirts of town. Jenna is immediately taken with Luke and thinks that Maggie is his wife, so why is he hitting on her?? Jenna is a city girl a ...more
Bree T
Melbourne magazine editor Jenna McLean is a city girl, no doubt about that. So when she gets roped into attending a matchmaking ball in a small country town by her best friend, it’s very reluctantly. Having just learned that her ex is engaged, Jenna could do with some distraction. However she knows she won’t meet the man of her dreams in the country. Jenna is not really cut out for farm life. And cowboys and farmers definitely don’t gain a good score on her Marriage Material scoresheet.

Luke Tann
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved The Shape of Us so thought I would check out Lisa Ireland's back catalogue. This book hit the spot as holiday fare - city chick, country lad, romance ensues. ...more
Holly Price
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
Jenna McLean is a magazine editor in Melbourne and a true city girl. When she learns that her ex is engaged, her best friend talks her into attending a matchmaking ball in a small country town. She knows that farmers aren't marriage material and is under no illusion that she will be meeting the man of her dreams in the country.

Luke Tanner is helping his brother's wife, Maggie, with the ball and willing to do whatever it takes to make it a success to help their dying local community. When Jenna
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bunkering down for a storm here in WA, I drifted upon my iBook library to find something to read (really there was no shortage) my wondering eye caught ‘Breaking the Drought’ by Lisa Ireland. The irony isn’t surpassed that whilst the wind gusts and rain poured outside my window, a storm of passion and drought in it’s own kind was forming in main characters Jenner & Luke. The charming city-girl-meets-country-bloke narrative steaming was full of wit, heart and emotion.

Luke; a charming Australian
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great story I love the setting in country Australia where everyone knows everyone and the town pull togther, Jenna is an editor for a womans magazine in Melbourne and has recently been dumped by her fiance for someone else even though he had scored well on her list for potential husbands lust and love should not come into it she had learn't the hard way through her mother and the regular step fathers and special friends she had had. Luke come from the samll country town of Barlow in Vi ...more
Amanda Knight
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Luke and Jenna, and the other characters filling the pages of Lisa Ireland's debut novel Breaking the Drought remind you of what it means to be a good and decent soul...

With all the 'must have's' of a compelling rural read, Lisa Ireland shows us a glimpse of Luke and Jenna's hearts, souls and so much more without the reader even knowing it! You can't help but want to drink in more of the scarred but spunky Luke and find out why Jenna so very much more than a word-smithing, Jimmy Choo wearing fas
Rebecca Raisin
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I adored this book. As a city girl myself, it made me want to pack a bag, and head out to the bush, snakes and all! I loved the way the characters developed in this story. I found myself really understanding Jenna's reactions, as I felt I'd feel the same as her when faced with certain situations. And then there's Luke. I'd move to the country just for him!
I'm kind of new to reading rural romance, but this has made me a fan. There's nothing like country people and country friendships, and this br
Jenny Schwartz
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you don't want a few hours sojourn in gorgeous rural Australia, don't read "Breaking the Drought". Without being obtrusive, the description of the country and small town are spot on. Beautifully evocative. You'll want to travel there - Jimmy Choos in hand (it's an injoke - read the book and you'll get it),

Jenna is a warm, believable heroine who reveals aspects of herself and shows her courage in a way you'll totally love her.

Luke is a brave, tragedy-scarred hero (and don't we love those?) who
Talking Books
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
City meets country. A read full of grief, heartbreak and second chances. The meeting of Jenna and Luke has it's own humerus moments that secures the readers attention and makes for some pleasant fireworks throughout the story. The way the characters interact and the happenings of the small town have the reader completely absorbed in the book. A few surprises and an ending that leaves the reader felling content with the story. Community spirit, friendship and family, Breaking The Drought by Lisa ...more
Paula Beavan
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I adored this story, read it in one sitting. Unputdownable. Believable characters doing believable things in believable circumstances. An absolute winner and I'll be keeping an eye out for this author's future books. ...more
Nicki Edwards
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fabulous book. Very believable (and likeable) characters and a terrific storyline. There was a bit more "raunch" than I prefer in my romance novels, but it was tastefully written and didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. I am looking forward to reading more from Lisa Ireland. ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Complete review to come
Sarah Wilkinson
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Goodness I loved this. What an epic story. Had me crying my eyes out in parts, but is essentially a warm uplifting tale.
Tatum Woods
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, enjoyed the Australian scenery a captivating read!!
Jessica Habraken
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read

This book has all the highs and lows that a romantic novel needs. Would recommend it to all those romantics out there.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
A fabulous novel by an Australian author. It was a story full of heart, and wonderfully warm characters. Highly recommend.
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this in a single session on the beach. This time I made sure I had plenty of sunscreen...
Vivienne Darden
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable.story.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a good love story. Both people realised their dreams and enacted on them and their lives.
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Lisa Ireland is an Australian writer of contemporary women’s fiction. After working for many years as a primary school teacher, Lisa is a now a full-time writer.

Her novel, Feels Like Home, is an Australian Bestseller. In 2015 Lisa was one of the Top Ten Debut Fiction Authors in Australia. She has five books published to date, and her sixth novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF SHIRLEY SULLIVAN, will be releas

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