Title: Her Australian Hero
“If you’ve never read Margaret Way before, you’re in for a treat.”—New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer
An epic tale of modern day Australia, where greed, desire, tragedy, and ambition collide . . .
Alexandra Ross has always known Lavender Hill will be hers one day. The grand old house, with its waving jacaranda fronds circling around it like a canopy against the white-hot Australian sun. The acres of orchards, trees heavy with sweet-smelling mangoes and prickly pink lychee. The rushing emerald creek that claimed her brother’s life; the genteel boudoir where her mother died of grief, gin, and stroke. Even the quad bike her bullheaded father uses to tear around the plantation like a teenager, as his covetous young wife plays tea party with Alex’s mother’s favorite china.
Someday Alex will undo her father’s blunders and be the good neighbor her childhood friend Rafe Rutherford deserves. The yearning she feels for Rafe can never overcome the heartbreak they’ve lived through together, but at least she will have his companionship.
Until her father is killed and the plantation is divided. If she wants to keep the land she loves Alex must break free of guilt and hesitation. And once she begins to fight for what her heart desires, there’s no telling where she’ll stop
Author: Margaret Way
Series: The Australians #1
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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To be honest, I am not quite sure how to begin my review of this book. There were some good moments, but overall it had a lot of irritating elements that kept me to truly appreciate this story.
Let’s begin with what I liked: Sasha. She is the wicked stepmother and she is the one that stole the show. She is a mean gold digger and it is the only character that I liked in this story. In fact, it is the sole reason that I cared to finish this book. Margaret Way did a wonderful job in portraying that decadent woman. Sasha would do all that she can to get her share of the family inheritance. I love the part where the main characters were trying to discover Sasha’s background, but I was a little disappointed when the secret was finally revealed. I wanted more drama and more surprises.
I was unable to connect to either of the main characters. They are totally stereotypical. I understand that Alex was still grieving her brother and mother. However, it was just over the top. I did not have the sense that she really wanted closure nor had she worked on her emotional issues. Add to the mix her father death and I was in for a treat (not the kind that I prefer). Rafe is a typical alpha male. He is handsome and a true gentleman, but other than that, there is nothing much to add. Even though the author did a fairly good job to have us feel the attraction between Alex and Gabe. The romance/passion part of their story is a miss. I did not care at all if they would end up together or not. To me, they were looking like a supporting cast rather than main characters. There is a scene when Alex found all of her family jewels that were hidden and she decides to wear them all. Gabe sees her and then you can imagine how that scene ends. I just did not get it. Amy (Alex’s friend) was way more likable than Alex and I feel she should have been more present throughout the story.
The story was interesting. I was not a fan of going into the point of view of some random characters throughout the story. From time to time I had to reread some part just to make sure I was following the story.
The end of the story was just okay and I still don’t get why Alex reacted the way she did with Sasha. I guess we still need some mysteries in life…
I am not planning to read the other books in this series since the first book failed to make an impact on me.