by Alissa Callen
Published by Random House Australia
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Kree, an artist from USA, is distraught when her younger brother Seth goes missing in the Aussie bush. The community of Glenalla rallies around her and works tirelessly to rescue Seth alive and well. She is determined to find a way to thank this town who put it all on the line to help strangers; but how?
Ewan Mackenzie, who threw himself into the rescue effort day and night, lives with grief – and a double helping of guilt. Thrown together with Kree, he struggles with their growing attraction, knowing that he doesn’t deserve happiness and that she will be returning to the USA soon.
This is a lovely little rural romance, with more than a touch of family-secrets mystery. You might not be a huge fan if “Just TALK to each other!” romances are your anti-crack, but it’s done convincingly here, in my opinion. The book really emphasises the importance of extended family and neighbourliness in struggling rural towns. I loved the way the minor characters and children were drawn, all real people in themselves, with storylines and character arcs. Alissa Callen remains, as always, a terrific writer and a reliable contributor to the genre.