Release Date: February 25th 2016.
Source: From publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Move to the country for $1 a week.
Dulili is suffering a people drought. Over the years more people have moved away than have arrived to stay in this old New South Wales farming town, and now only a handful of young families and elderly residents are left. The locals put a plan into action to entice newcomers: offering the town’s empty houses to newcomers from anywhere in Australia. Who could resist renting a beautiful homestead for a dollar a week?
There’s nothing left for Adele Devereux in Sydney: no job, no relationship, no hope, and no diagnosis for her shy, uncommunicative daughter Ali. So she packs her bags, takes her meagre savings, and moves her small family to the country. She never expects to meet Tom Wade, a man facing his own hopeless situation, but whose kindness reaches her daughter in an unexpected friendship. As the small town of Dulili attempts to regenerate itself, Adele finds herself drawn further in to the community – and into her attraction to Tom.
Tom is not back in Dulili to build a relationship. He’s there to heal wounds, help his grandmother, and make new plans. Plans that don’t come with his grandmother’s new tenant, part of the Dulili dollar scheme. But as Adele and Ali effortlessly work their way into his thoughts and his heart, he realises that there are two crucial elements that he left out of his long-term plans – the chance to find love and renewed hope for the future.
Move to the country for $1 a week – now that sounds like an offer hard to refuse. An offer Adele Devereux accepts, taking her daughter and leaving Sydney behind. Her daughter is refusing to speak and she wants to give all her attention to her daughter, hoping to uncover the mystery behind why she stopped speaking. Between that and fixing up the home she is renting-to-buy, Adele has no time for a relationship, and she doesn’t want one either.
Tom visits his grandmother regularly, and she just so happens to be neighbours with Adele. He is trying to figure out a plan after his business falls apart. He is not looking for love. He is certainly not looking for Adele Devereux. But fate throws them together and the tension between them could be cut with a knife. Adele’s daughter responds to him, for reasons Tom doesn’t understand. She starts weaving her way into Tom’s heart, and Tom can’t deny that Adele is too.
Once I started reading A Heart Stuck On Hope, I couldn’t stop, and read it in one sitting. It was fantastic, I loved it. I loved the ‘will they, won’t they’ tug-o-war and the heat level was on the milder side, which is just perfect for me.
Tom was gruff but so charming. Adele was such a strong woman, and a great mother. The chemistry between Tom and Adele was sizzling.
A Heart Stuck On Hope is the first in the Dollar For A Dream series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the other books. It was a standout rural romance that had me swiping through my e-reader at breakneck speed. I highly recommend it.
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