Down Outback Roads By Alissa Callen. #AWW2015

#This is the 8th book I’ve read for the Australian Women Writers Challenge.

Down outback roads

Release Date: May 1st 2015.
Publisher: Random House Australia.
Source: From Publsiher via NetGalley.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Kree Garrett’s younger brother Seth is all the family she has left, so when he goes missing while working in the Australian outback, she races from America to join in the search.

To everyone’s relief, Seth is rescued by local volunteers and Kree finds, in an abandoned historic Cobb & Co Coach House, the opportunity to thank the community she’s fallen in love with. But it isn’t only the town of Glenalla she’s fallen for.

Ewan Mackenzie has given up everything for his brother’s family, but he can never give enough to assuage his guilt at what happened one dark night, years ago . . . Ewan knows he doesn’t deserve happiness, however with Kree he finds it hard to keep his distance.

Can Kree and Ewan leave the tragedies of their pasts behind long enough to find a future together?

Down Outback Roads is an enthralling rural love story, about family, community and allowing yourself a second chance.

My Thoughts:

4.5 stars.

I loved this book. Rural romance is my favourite type of romance and this was a really good one. Ewan was my favourite type of hero – the tortured farmer with a heart of gold – and he’ll have you swooning in your cowgirl boots!

Kree, our heroine, comes rushing over to Australia from America after her brother goes missing. She feels a spark between her and one of the volunteers looking for her brother, and decides, when her brother is found, to stay for a little while longer, house sitting a property for her brother so he can rest and recover in Sydney.

Ewan can’t deny the spark he feels with Kree, but he is guarded and won’t let himself fall for the girl who is just going to leave in a few weeks. He is busy with his farm and looking after his sister-in-law and nephews. He blames himself for his brother death and thinks himself unworthy of love.

But it seems Ewan can’t escape Kree. She is there wherever he turns. There is sizzling chemistry between them, but both Ewan and Kree have a past that is holding them back from opening up to each other.

Down Outback Roads pulled me in from the first page and held me captivated until the end. I was quickly drawn into the lives of Kree and Ewan and was as desperate to see them together as they were to be together. It was a funny and heart warming story of self forgiveness, and of being brave enough to love. Glenalla was a great little community with strong spirit. I loved how Kree became so easily apart of it and wanted to help them after all the help they gave her with her brother.

Down Outback Roads is a must read rural romance. The characters leapt off the page and there was plenty of twist and turns to keep things interesting. It is a feel good romance that will have you grinning like a love sick girl as you close the last page. I highly recommend it.

You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.


3 thoughts on “Down Outback Roads By Alissa Callen. #AWW2015

  1. I don’t mind a rural romance from time to time either. My mum buys quite a few of them, so I’m able to pinch them from her and indulge myself. It sounds like not only the characters being likable, but even the town itself. Really sets the tone for the book and as Aussies, incredibly relatable as well. Thanks for the incredible review Rochelle, looking forward to reading this one now as well ❤

    1. Thanks. When I’m not reading YA I really love picking up a good rural romance and Random House love sending them to me so I’m not going to say no!
      Hope you enjoy it if you do get to read it.

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