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Worth Fighting For by Mary-Anne O'Connor
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Junie Wallace knew what she had to do – that didn’t mean she liked it. With the death of Frankie on the war front, and her two other brothers still fighting, Junie’s parents were shattered. Her grief-stricken father was unable to keep the family farm running, so Ernest Farthington took over the reins. The trouble was Ernest didn’t do it as a kindness – his payment would be marriage to Junie. And Junie loathed Ernest with a passion…

Michael Riley was the son of their nearby neighbours and Junie knew he was the one she wanted to be with. Michael felt the same about Junie – but their young love was destined to fail with Ernest on the horizon. So when Michael enlisted by falsifying his age, Junie wasn’t the only one to be upset. Michael’s family had already lost one son and brother to the war – his mother, father and two sisters were distraught by the news.

As war worked its way through Pearl Harbour, Darwin and Papua New Guinea, the lives of the young people still at home continued. Desperate to do the best with the hand she’d been dealt, Junie became friendly with Eliza. Gradually Junie’s life as a country girl from Braidwood changed as she settled in with a different class of people in Sydney. She followed the rules and did as Ernest told her to, but her friendship with Eliza sustained her.

Would Junie ever feel happiness again? The war continued to be a shadow over everyone’s lives –what would be the outcome of those terrible, heartbreaking years?

Worth Fighting For by Aussie author Mary-Anne O’Connor is a beautiful, heartfelt story of endurance, love and finding that what you believe in is worth fighting for. Filled with courage in all forms, loyalty and determination, I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel set to the horrors of the Second World War. Highly recommended.

With thanks to Harlequin and Goodreads First Reads giveaway for this copy to read in exchange for my honest review.
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Reading Progress

September 30, 2016 – Shelved
September 30, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 1, 2016 – Shelved as: first-reads-winner
October 1, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-release
October 1, 2016 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
October 1, 2016 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
October 13, 2016 – Shelved as: arc
October 13, 2016 – Shelved as: uncorrected-proof
October 13, 2016 – Shelved as: won
October 13, 2016 – Shelved as: reviewing-by-request
October 25, 2016 – Started Reading
October 26, 2016 – Shelved as: own-read
October 26, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Brenda Thanks Stephanie :) I really enjoyed it!


message 2: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Awesome review, Brenda!


Brenda Thanks Deanna :)


message 4: by Svetlana (new)

Svetlana Excellent review Brenda! I look forward to reading this 👍🏽


Brenda Thanks Svetlana :) This one was excellent too :)


message 6: by Sue (new)

Sue Gerhardt Griffiths This one is on my TBR list already, so many great historicals around at the moment. Such a great review, Brenda!


Brenda Thanks Sue 😊


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