Talk Of The Town
Lawson Cooper-Jones has two priorities in life – his son, Ned, and the survival of the dairy farm that has been in his family for generations. Despite the best efforts of the town matchmakers and the determined pursuit of local girl Adeline Walsh, Lawson’s heart belongs still, and only, to his late wife.
But when a flat tyre strands Lawson and Ned in nearby Rose Hill, he’s...more
While I sit patiently waiting for the release of Rachael Johns latest women’s fiction/life lit title The Greatest Gift to be released, I realised I had neglected to post my glowing review of John’s most recent winning title, Talk of the Town. I guarantee this book will warm your heart. Talk of the Town is an endearing rural fiction title, from one of my favourite Australian storytellers and it received a full five-star rating from this reader!
Lawson Cooper-J ...more
Occasionally, I indulge in romance novels. Country romance is not necessarily a favourite subgenre, but knowing that this was Rachael Johns’ tenth full-length novel, and given that it was available on NetGalley, I decided to give it a go.
Talk of the Town is set in Walsh, a small town in Western Australia. It’s always nice to read a novel set somewhere familiar (relatively speaking).
Twenty-five-year-old Me ...more
Talk of the Town was a book that drew me in right from the beginning and kept me engaged all the way through. There wasn't big drama or lots of action, but relationships that mattered and caught at my heart.
Would you buy a house in the middle of a town where people no longer lived, except for someone called Crazy Archie? Live in an old house that was once a country store. Well you wouldn't find me doing it, however that's what Meg does, and there is an air of mystery about her that ma ...more
Meg has a past – a past that she wants to stay hidden. In her mind the best way to do that is hide away in an old General Store in a small ghost town near a rural community and keep to herself. The st ...more
Review copy received from Harlequin Australia via Netgalley
Talk of the Town is rural fiction/romance, moving away from her previous setting of Midwest Western Australia in the Outback se ...more
‘Oh!’ The woman’s face exploded in recognition and her smile grew. ‘I’ve heard about you. You’re the talk of the town.’
If you have loved Rachael’s books in the past, and her focus on writing about small town rural romances, then you are on another winner here. I do enjoy the Aussie settings and especially the focus on this Western Australian agricultural community. Rachael is adept at making the characters come to life as you get to know them really well. Then, of course, there is nothing l ...more
This is the first time I have read a 'romance' novel in a very long time, and a definite first in 'rural romance'. I always find that romance novels are very preditable. You know that straight away when you pick up the book that the first chapter involves a young woman, usually with a troubled and challenging past, who meets a man, perhaps with challenges of his own, and ending ...more
A flat tyre and maybe fate has bought Lawson Cooper-Jones and his eight year old son Ne ...more
Lawson Cooper-Jones is a Dairy Farmer, Widower and a Single Father.
Local woman Adeline Walsh has set her sights on Lawson but his heart is still with his departed wife.
Close by the town of Walsh where Lawson lives is the derelict town of Rose Hill.
Another small town that has become obselite as the Main Highway bypasses it.
Lawson and his son Ned have a flat tyre while passing through Rose Hill.
They meet a mysterious woman named Meg who has ...more
A woman keen to start her life anew. A single father running his dairy farm. A haunted house that brings the two together with an old mystery.
Seriously, there is nothing to fault in this book. Great characters. Captivating storyline. Easy to read.
She completely captures the spirit of an Australian country town, and it is comforting and familiar to read.
I love the Aussie setting and the way the characters come to life. I love a slow burn romance with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. Love - I seem to be using that word a lot...
I was emotionally engaged the whole way through. Lots of smiles and maybe a couple of tears.