THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
Two city women – a century apart – find love and adventure with rugged men in the Queensland outback.
Two love stories; two parallel lives; two destinies.
Set in the 19th and 21st centuries, Heather Garside’s debut novel is a passionate rural romance of love and its consequences.
Shelley and Emma are separated by time but bound by a dark secret to a place called Breakaway Creek.
Betrayed by her long-term boyfriend, Shelley Blake has fled the city to return to her home town. Her interest in a photograph of her great-great-grandparents is piqued by her family’s reticence about the mystery couple, and a search for answers takes her to the cattle station Breakaway Creek.
Here she meets Luke Sherman, a man embroiled in the bitter ending of his marriage and a heart-breaking separation from his two small boys.
Shelley resists an instant attraction to Luke, as neither is ready for a new relationship.
And, while Luke struggles to reclaim his children, Shelley uncovers the truth about her ancestors, Alex and Emma.
A story of racial bigotry and a love that transcends all obstacles takes the reader back to the pioneering days of the 1890s.
Aunty gave me this book for Christmas. There was a local book launch at our local library. Heather Garside hales from the area and so was in attendance signing copies sold. I had read of the book’s release and had intended purchasing a copy for Aunty for Christmas myself so it was funny to receive a copy from the same person for me! We both love to read but the local references was the obvious attraction.
Break Away Creek is an easy, relatively short read. It’s regular reference and description of local buildings, services and surroundings was of great interest to me. But the researched description of ‘the times’ would also appeal to those who lived elsewhere.
The parallel love stories are intriguing and charming. Both have a little drama to unfold and both end ‘happily ever after’ in their respective forms. All you need is love.