Release Date: 2nd of January 2015.
Publisher: Random House Australia (Bantam)
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Synopsis from Random House Australia (click the link and you can read a free sample!)
From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots comes a heartwarming romantic comedy about three extraordinary women on a journey to find love and rediscover family.
All families have their problems. No more so than the Maxwells of Tawny Brooks Winery. Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, this world-renowned winery was the childhood home to three sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe.
Today all three women are enmeshed in their city lives and eager to forget their past – and their fractured sibling relationships. Until Phoebe decides to get married at home . . .
Now the sisters must all return to face a host of family obligations, vintage in full swing and interfering in-laws who just can’t take a hint. As one romance blossoms and others fall apart, it seems they are all in need of some sisterly advice.
But old wounds cut deep. Somehow, The Maxwell Sisters must find a way back to one another – or risk losing each other forever.
The Maxwell Sisters was a fantastic read. I fell easily into the world of these three sisters, each one capturing my heart. I found myself worrying along with them, falling in love along with them and hoping along with them. This was a gorgeous story of love, friendship, family and hope that had me laughing out loud on many occasions.
Phee (Phoebe) is getting married. She wants to take the opportunity to bring her family back together – especially her sisters Eve and Tash, who had a falling out over a year ago. She decides she wants to be married on the family property and wants everyone to come back and help her redo the restaurant that had been ruined in a fire. The sisters reluctantly agree. But coming home brings something different to each sister and they all have demons they have to slay if they want to get their happy endings.
Each sister had her own story and I was deeply invested in each of them. They were holding in secrets that were eating them all inside. It takes them a long time to realise the best thing for each of them is to share their secrets with each other and reform the bond they had when teens.
Incredibly shy and non confrontational Eve is suffering from a devastating bout of unrequited love, and finds the cure in the most unlikely of places. Her relationship was certainly the funniest. Tash’s was certainly the most heart warming. She and her husband are separated, a secret she has kept from her family. She is thrown back together with him for the wedding and starts to feel the old flame rekindle – and her husband is willing to do anything to get her back. The men in this book were handsome, cheeky and head strong, and will have you swooning.
I can’t end the review without mentioning the gorgeous setting. It is set in the beautiful wine country in the Margret River region, a place I now want to visit thanks to the evocative descriptions in this book. I could easily picture myself standing in the Maxwell home, looking over the vineyard, as well as standing amongst the grapes.
The Maxwell Sisters is a great Australian novel with strong heroines and handsome (cheeky) hero’s that will capture you and leave you full of all the good feelings when you close the pages.For those looking for a lighthearted, romantic read with real heart, I highly recommend it.
This is my first Loretta Hill book and I can’t wait to read more from her.
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About The Author:
For her bestselling novels The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots, The Girl in the Hard Hat and The Girl in the Yellow Vest, Loretta Hill drew upon her own outback engineering experiences of larrikins, red dust and steel-capped boots. Her new novel, The Maxwell Sisters, will publish in January 2015. She is also the author of the ebook novella One Little White Lie, which was a no.1 bestseller on iTunes.
Loretta always wanted to be a writer. As a kid she filled pages of exercise books with stories to amuse her friends. Her father, who never wasted his time on fiction, didn’t see much worth in this pass time and pushed her to pursue a ‘sensible’ career. Fortunately, she had inherited some of his talent for numbers and decided to give it a go. She graduated from the University of Western Australia as structural engineer and took her first job with a major West Australian engineering company.
A few years later she met a lawyer at a Black Friday party hosted by a friend. She was dressed as the devil and he just came as himself. They are now happily married and living in Perth with their two young sons and infant daughter.
Despite her career in engineering, her interest in law and her journey into motherhood, Loretta continued to write. Not because she had a lot of time but because it was and always had been an addiction she couldn’t ignore.
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