BOOK CLUB: A Country Mile

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Author: Mandy Magro
ISBN: 9781489254702
RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Mandy Magro is the bestselling Queensland author of rural romance stories that have found quite a following here at Beauty and Lace. We have read a few of Magro’s back catalogue as part of the book club and some of our readers are already loving this one.

Sophie Copinni takes a hit to her love life and returns to her Far North Queensland hometown to lick her wounds and reassess her life. Looking down the barrel of 30 is a perfect time to find the bucket list she wrote as a teen. Most of the challenges are fun, until you get to the long-held family secret that caused her to run all those years ago.

Secrets, lies and family histories all scream mystery and scandal so there’s sure to be a bit of suspense and hopefully a well plotted story with perfectly parcelled out clues and a couple of unforeseen twists.

Dylan Stone is also home on sabbatical, taking a break from the Sydney tattoo parlour he runs. A permanent homecoming is tempting to consider when you are surrounded by the landscape and the loved ones you miss but when the woman who broke your heart and ran away is also back in town you have to wonder if it’s worth it.

Secrets and heartbroken high-school sweethearts woven together in a picturesque hometown, this one sounds like intriguing reading. I can’t wait to sink my teeth in.

Mandy Magro can be followed on Facebook and her Website.

A Country Mile is published by Harlequin Mira and is available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harlequin Mira 20 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members will be reading A Country Mile so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

24 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: A Country Mile

  1. The only thing i didnt like about this book was that i didnt want it to end. After previously reading one of mandys other books called “moment of truth” , i was so excited to be chosen by beauty and lace to read yet another one of her novels. I sat here on mothers day and read the whole thing start to finish in 1 day, I couldn’t put it down because i loved every part of it and didnt want to wait to see what happens. It felt like forever for the secrets to come out and when they did i was left shocked as it was not quite what i anticipated. There were a few plot twists along the way, especially at the end. I love the message this story sends that secrets lead to lies and lies lead to heartache and the characters of sophie and dylan and their personalities were very well thought out. I will definitely be reading more of mandys books in the future. Have to say she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

    Side note…. i feel like i would love for there to be a sequel to this story

  2. A Country Mile. By Mandy Magro.

    Sophie’s love life sours, so she leaves England and returns home to Queensland, Australia. Once back in Australia, she re connects with her old flame Dylan Stone, who has come back to town for a local wedding.
    But the two of them left on bad terms, REALLY bad terms, and Sophie broke Dylan’s heart when she ran away. When they catch up again, they discover the flame is still there, but will it burn out, or rekindle what they once had? And Dylan wants to know why Sophie left him 8 years ago without any explanation,. Telling him will change the lives of both of their families.

    An enjoyable, easy read set in an Australian town in Queensland. Twists and turns make this a page turner, with romance and a rural background.

    Thanks to Beauty & Lace Book Club, and to Harlequin Books for the chance to escape into this one.

  3. Mandy Magro’s A country Mile is an enjoyable, essentially heart warming story of the lives of 2 families from North Queensland. Magro defines her characters well, and enables the reader to identify with the protagonists, Sophie and Dylan. High school sweethearts separated under mysterious circumstances; how will their reunion unfold 8 years on?
    This easy to read book is filled with suspense and unforeseen twists making it hard to put down!
    Lost love, lies and secrets; this book has it all!

  4. This book was amazing from the very first page it had me hook, line and sinker wanting to read more. The story line was absolutely beautiful and character’s so well described you felt like you where their. A Country Mile had me sometimes in fits of laughter to sitting on the edge of my seat to sitting on the lounge with a nice glass of wine. I totally did not want to put this book down.

    Thanks so much to Beauty & Lace Book Club and to Harlequin books. Totally loved it.

  5. Mandy Magro’s A Country Mile has it all. The descriptive literature sets the scene of a picturesque town in Queensland Country Australia so you feel like you are part of the story. Keeping your interest with many surprising twists involving family, secrets, lies, heartache and romance. An enjoyable, easy read on a cold winter day.

  6. A Country Mile by Mandy Magro is another wondeful read by a highly talented writer.
    Sophie Copinni has it all.
    A loving partner.
    A great career.
    A wonderful life in London.
    When it all falls to pieces she returns to her hometown in Far North Queensland.
    Not long after, Dylan Stone arrives.
    They are both in a Wedding Party but they have history.
    A hot and passionate love affair 8 years previously was cut short and Sophie ran away.
    Dylan was heartbroken and doesn’t know why this happened.
    This reuinion is a perfect chance for them to rekindle their romance,
    but can Dylan forgive Sophie for breaking his heart?
    He knows Sophie is not telling him the full truth.
    The way Mandy Magro has filled the pages with the love and family support,
    lies and secrets will have you thinking you know what is going to happen.
    You are so wrong.
    There are unexplained twists that will have you so engrossed you won’t see them coming.
    Very easy to read and highy recommended

  7. A Country Mile by Mandy Magro has it all – love in its many forms, secrets, family, heartbreak, redemption and that elusive x-factor that makes you want to keep reading.

    Mandy Magro’s storytelling is authentic, heartwarming (but not in a kitsch way) and the description makes you feel as if you’re there breathing in the humidity and watching it unfold. It is a book that is very easy to read and very easy to get lost in. I was only going to read the first chapter, next thing I knew I was halfway through the book.

    This is the first book of Mandy Magro’s that I have read and I now look forward to reading many more of her books. Thanks Harlequin Mira and Beauty & Lace Bookclub for introducing me to another great author.

  8. A Country Mile is my new favourite book! The characters were all a tuned to the story and so very likeable. Dylan charmed from the start and Sophie captured my heart when her life in th UK turned sour. Heading back to her home in Queensland for a family wedding brought back memories of her true love and the hidden reasons why she suddenly left years ago. Left her family, life and love, Dillon!
    She knows they will meet again at the wedding but what transpires before hand with family secrets, Dillon’s moving back home and her relationship wher sisters makes this book a delight to read
    Thank you Mandy Margo for a lovely story!

  9. What a wonderful book A Country Mile by Mandy Magro was, I didn’t want it to end at all and had that feeling of what am I going to do with myself after finishing it! It is one of those stories that hooks you in and doesn’t let go. This was also my first book I have read by Mandy, so after reading A Country Mile I will definitely want to check out some of her others.
    I liked how the story evolved, and I just wanted to get through it to see the outcomes, the secrets and boy those plot twists came along and I think they did actually surprise me which is good for a change that I didn’t see everything coming. I loved the characters, I loved the way the story kept me enthralled and wanting to know more, and I loved that it was set in Queensland. The story is easy to read, yet it offers deep and meaningful thinking about how keeping things a secret can turn out other ways.
    Can’t wait to go discover some of the other books by Mandy Magro. Thanks so much to Beauty and Lace for letting me read and review A Country Mile.

  10. Australian rural romance queen Mandy Magro delivers another stellar new release. Magro’s latest, A Country Mile, is a solid example of classic Australian rural fiction. It a features a cracking storyline that you can’t help but delve into – headfirst. A Country Mile is a tale of secrets, lies, family, second chance love and heartache which is all set to a spectacular Australian stage, country Queensland.

    In the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of her brand new novel, A Country Mile, Mandy Magro has a special wish for her all her readers. She hopes that when they pick up her latest novel they will be able to escape from the grind of daily life. Magro hopes readers of A Country Mile will laugh, cry, swoon and fall in love with the hero or heroine (or both). Well Mandy, I am happy to report you wish was definitely fulfilled for this particular reader. I experienced all these emotions and responses while reading A Country Mile.

    It is best to begin with setting when reviewing A Country Mile. Magro encapsulates the natural beauty, clean fresh air and the healing quality of getting back to the basics. I loved Magro’s setting descriptions, they were authentic, vibrant and a wonderful rendition to country life in Australia.

    Along with the stunning setting descriptions there is a full bodied and intriguing tale that runs right through A Country Mile. Although the overall tone of this novel is light and easy to read, there are a number of serious themes covered. Magro zones her latest story in on the criminal underworld, domestic abuse and explosive family secrets. There are moments of sadness, despair, heartache but these are carefully balanced with glimmers of hope for the majority of the characters of this novel.

    The entire character set that fill the pages of A Country Mile are well depicted. By the time I reached the end of the novel I felt like I knew the leads inside and out. Sophie is very likeable and you want her to find her Prince Charming! Dylan, the male lead, had a great back story. I liked the tough guy edge Magro added to his character. Faith was the character I felt the most for, once you discover her dire situation, you will hard pressed not to feel a great deal of sympathy for this woman. There is no doubt that the personalities of each character shines through in A Country Mile. The secondary characters compliment the overall story arc well and I enjoyed sinking my teeth into the good, as well as the bad figures of this novel.

    Romance is Mandy Magro’s speciality. Magro can always be relied on to deliver a finely tuned love story. The main relationship featured in A Country Mile comes complete with a tragic past, unresolved feelings, secrets and lies. There is also a mind blowing family secret connected to the romance that I didn’t see coming! If you are a fan of second chance love stories, this one will be sure to draw appeal. I enjoyed the interplay of events in the Dylan/Sophie romance, this is perhaps the book’s strongest asset.

    Mandy Magro’s stories always leave you feeling good inside. A Country Mile is another example of Magro’s signature style, she combines a genuine love of the land, with a complicated love story and she issues the reader with secondary themes that add intrigue to the overall reading experience. With a gentle touch of music thrown in for good measure, A Country Mile is another appealing read from Mandy Magro.

    *I wish to thank Beauty & Lace/Harlequin Books Australia for a copy of this book for review purposes.

  11. As an avid reader of rural romance, Mandy Magro’s New release A country Mile did not disappoint!
    As a busy working mum of two little ones, I sometimes find it hard to find time to read. However, with this book I made the time! (And stayed up a bit too late )
    The story follows main character Sophie and ex boyfriend Dylan. After Sophie returns to Australia after a nasty breakup she runs back into Dylan’s arms in hope they can pickup where they left off.
    Of course, as in life and love nothing is ever easy and there was quite a few hurdles and secrets along the way to uncover.
    With some great twists and turns, A country mile isn’t just your normal rural romance predictible story.
    It was an incredibly easy, but enthralling read and I am as usual not dissatisfied at all with this book.
    I highly recommend A Country Mile to everyone 🙂

  12. Mandy Margo has written a fabulous country love story.

    Sophie is a lovable character and her turmoil, sadness and regret form a great building block for the developments of the story.

    Dylan is tall and rough on the outside and soft and conflicted on the inside. He is a biker, a tattoo artist and a horse lover at heart.

    They come together for a wedding after some pretty tricky past issues. Through in a hens and bucks night, Some crazy family history between neighbouring families and you have a plot that unravels to cause heartache and confusing and leads to closure, love and everlasting bonds.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Its was beautiful, heartwarming and engaging. 🙂

  13. I LOVED this book. I have read all of Mandy’s books, and when this one came up, I was thrilled. From the very first page, right until the last, I couldn’t put it down. Twists and turns in the lives of the characters kept me wanting to keep on reading, to see how it would unfold. Secrets and lies, murder, romance and rekindled love, set this up to be one heck of a great read.
    I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great read, as are all of Mandy’s books.

  14. I really enjoyed reading this book, not the standard romance but a good few twists and turns along the way with a good dose of drama added. A great ending made a very good story, would definitely recommend!

  15. I was stoked to find I had been selected to review A Country Mile. Mandy Magro has always been a favourite author of mine – I must admit I stalked the postie for days!

    I sat down one night while my partner was working in the shed – I thought I would read a couple of chapters and then start cooking dinner…. yet again I was wrong with another 9pm dinner (and a basic one at that!)

    I couldnt stop at just those two chapters, I needed to know more!

    Not just your standard romance, the twists and turns leave you wanting more! I really enjoyed the story line and I so hope there is a sequel – the last page was my least favourite – because I wanted to know what happened next!

    Thanks for another great book Mandy – can’t wait for the next!

  16. It’s been awhile since I read this book and thought I’d posted a review but obviously forgot!

    This book was very easy to read and quite predictable. However I thoroughly enjoyed it as it was a nice romance to read. The characters were likeable and relatable. I would recommend this book to anyone who always held a candle for that old flame and wants to read a nice romance. Thank you beauty and lace for allowing me the opportunity to read this book.

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