'Penelope Janu's fresh, bright, funny new twist on rural romance is an absolute delight. Her wit is as sharp as a knife. She is one of my absolute must-read authors.' Victoria Purman, bestselling Australian author
A kiss can change your life ...
Jemima Kincaid loves her home, her horses and her job as a farrier. Life has not been kind to her, but Jemima is happy in the close-knit rural community of Horseshoe Hill, which rallied around in her hour of need. Even so, she is fiercely independent and will never rely on anyone again.
Particularly a man like Finn Blackwood.
An infuriatingly attractive geneticist and wild animal vet, Finn threatens not only the serenity of Jemima's present, but that of the future she has so carefully mapped out. But as their paths continue to cross, she finds her attraction to Finn impossible to counter, even as the trauma of her past threatens to undo her. Finn is fascinated by Jemima's solitary nature and unique vulnerabilities but Jemima knows all about loss and how to avoid it. Don't let anyone get close in the first place ...
As the past begins to cast long shadows, Jemima and Finn discover that a kiss can bring worlds together-or tear them apart. Will they finally face their fears and find love on Horseshoe Hill?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Grief is at the heart of this rural romance, which sees independent farrier Jemima quite fine with how her life has turned out—until a new man enters her life. This isn’t a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am love story, but a slow burn across months that pulls both Jemima and animal geneticist and vet Finn toward an inevitable connection. The detailed country setting, grounded in real places such as Dubbo Zoo, and the obvious research that Penelope Janu has put into the leading characters’ jobs make this a grounded story that will make you want to hug your pets as well as your two-legged loved ones.
I am slightly biased towards this author having read her other books & never been disappointed, so it goes without saying that this was another delightful read. Romance, but not over the top by any stretch, picturesque descriptive prose that the reader can actually visualise & horses. A blend of all with realistic interesting characters makes this a book worthy of recommendation.