BOOK CLUB: Lawson’s Bend

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Author: Nicole Hurley-Moore
ISBN: 9781760631116
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: February 2019
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Nicole Hurley-Moore is not a new author to me, and much to our delight one of our members spotted a Beauty and Lace quote on the back of this book. I can tell you that put smiles on all our faces.

Lawson’s Bend sounds like an intriguing tale that I look forward to picking up, but for now I will just have to check out the opinions of our members while I find the time to pick it up.

Synopsis from the Publisher’s Website:

For a long time Lawson’s Bend had held little for Henny. Almost ten years ago she’d got out and vowed never to come back. But sometimes things change . . .

In the hot summer of 2008, Henny Bolton loses her best friend on a night they should have been celebrating their futures. It’s a loss about which she remains grief-stricken.

Right after the accident, Henny flees the small country town and true to her word, she’s not been back.

Stephen Drake never left Lawson’s Bend. He once had ambitions for a different life but staying close to family became more important after that tragic night.

But when Henny’s mother dies suddenly in a fall near the old quarry, and Henny is forced to return to Lawson’s Bend, it’s apparent that questions need to be asked. Was it really an accident?

Her plan was to get out of town again as quickly as possible. But then there is Stephen . . .

Nicole Hurley-Moore can be contacted on her Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Lawson’s Bend is available now through Allen & Unwin and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Allen & Unwin 20 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading Lawson’s Bend so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.


20 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Lawson’s Bend

  1. Lawson’s Bend by Nicole Hurley- Moore reviewed for Beauty & Lace Book Club
    28 Year old Henny Bolten returns to her home town, Lawson’s Bend for the first time in 10 years due to the sudden loss of her Mother.
    Being home brings up lot’s of unwanted memories of a tragedy that occured in the Town Resevoir ten years earlier – her reason for leaving and staying away until now!
    Another shocking death occurs but this time Henny beleives it may not have been an accident like everyone thinks.
    The more questions she asks, the more trouble she seems to be stirring up but some things just don’t seem to be adding up. Henny is determined to find out the truth.
    Each characters own point of few of the day/night of the drownings are spread out through out the book giving different perspectives of the event.
    Could someone Henny grew up with be capable of something sinister?

  2. Nicole Hurley-Moore Has again written a beautiful story as always and I would recommend this book to all my friends also a big shout-out to beauty an lace

  3. This was the first time I have read a book by this author. I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely be reading Nicole’s other books. I love finding new Australian Authors to read.

  4. As soon as I got this book I thought it was going to be a quick read but wanted to make it last so read a little every night before going to sleep.
    I thoroughly enjoyed Nicole’s style of writing and the way she tells a story that blends throughout the whole book. I loved that I couldn’t predict who was trying to scare Henny off, what was behind the truth and what really happened.
    I really liked how it took you back to Killop Reservoir in stages all the way through the book. I never lost interest in this book and thought it was very heartwarming towards the end.
    Another talented writer to add to my list, just fantastic!!!
    Thankyou Beautyandlace and Allen and Unwin for opening me up to another author of brilliance!

  5. Loved the country romance story but this time with a mystery twist. Beautifully written and had some old fashioned values/motto sneaking through like lies never prosper always better to tell the truth. Would definitely recommend this author to my friends. Thanks beauty and lace

  6. Tragedy and sadness draws Henny Bolton back to Lawson’s Bend to a place she never wanted to come back to but the unexpected death of her beautiful mother made sure she came back.

    Ten years before her comeback Henny and a group of friends that had known each other since kindergarten days set out on an end of year celebration of a camping trip at a place called Killop Reservoir. This would be the last time as friends together before they set off to Universities or their destinies of careers.

    Out on the water there is a platform where you could swim out to and most would swim out there to chat and then swim back in. A terrible accident happened out there and lives would be lost. Henny lost her best friend Georgie out there and some other friends that drowned.

    Henny was lucky in that a guy she had known for ages saved her from drowning. Stephen Drake has secretly always had a crush on Henny for years but she was with another male.

    On returning home Henny learns how her mum died whilst just out jogging at her usual place. It was just an unforeseen accident.

    When Henny arrives in town, it is a ten years anniversary since that tragic accident and there is a memorial for the lives that were lost.

    A character called Harley and his devoted loved dog is a character that you can’t help but warm too. Harley warns Henny that she should leave Lawson’s Bend as there is danger.

    Henny cannot figure out what Harley means and she is determined to find out what actually happened the night of the drownings.

    This is a beautiful, heartwarming romantic and suspenseful storyline. I just wanted to keep reading till I finished the book. Definitely a page turner. Lots of characters that you will warm too.

    I absolutely loved the storyline and the picture depicted on the book is beautiful.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Allen & Unwin for the opportunity of reading this story.

  7. Nicole Hurley-Moore is Another one of my favourite authors and Lawson’s Bend doesn’t disappoint, I think it might be my favourite of all Nicole’s books so far!
    Henny Bolton left Lawson’s Bend 10 years ago after a tragic accident whilst celebrating the end of her schooling, that took her best friends life and hasn’t returned since.
    When her mother dies suddenly in a fall whilst out running she is forced to return to Lawson’s Bend. Upon returning Henny starts to face her past and reconnects with school friends including Stephen Drake.
    Stephen has had a crush on Henny forever but hasn’t seen Henny since she left town. They rekindle there friendship and while Stephen would like more Henny continues to hold him at arms length, too scared to let someone in in case she loses someone else she loves.
    As she slowly starts to open up to Stephen there is another ‘accident’ that has Henny questioning if it was actually an accident like everyone else believes or if something else is going on, that could be connected to the tragic night 10 years ago.
    As Henny starts to ask questions she starts to receive threats, someone doesn’t want her to keep digging, will she be able to uncover the truth before it’s too late?
    Hurley-Moore has done a fantastic job of weaving this book, right from the first few pages I was intrigued as to what happened 10years ago and then how the accident could possible be connected to some mysterious ‘accidents’ in the present time!
    As the book went on I started to come up with theories and suspects but none were on the money until right to the end! A great page turning book about facing your past and finally finding closure.
    A huge thanks to Beauty and Lace and Allen & Unwin for the chance to review Lawson’s Bend.

  8. Not being overly familiar with Australian rural fiction, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Lawson’s Bend. There was a good mix of mystery, small town issues, interesting characters and romance that kept me intrigued to the very end. I’m glad I went for something different for me this month and I appreciate the opportunity to try new genres and to get to know fabulous authors like Nicole Hurley-Moore, Thanks Beauty and Lace and Allen & Unwin

  9. Lawson’s Bend by Nicole Hurley- Moore reviewed for Beauty & Lace Book Club
    28 year old Henny Bolton returns to her home town after the death of her mother. She fled 10years ago after a horrible accident involving her school friends. This book is full of mystery from the beginning. The Henny asks about the accident the more she realizes that not everything adds up and it seems something sinister happened that same night. This book was a wonderful read and highly recommend. I couldn’t put it down. Thanks Beauty and Lace!

  10. This rural romance was a nice one even though it included some tragic memories from the past. The book tackles a number of different moods and tones but it’s great that the main characters finally got some closure.

  11. This is the first time that I have read a book by this author. I loved it so much I bought another of her books. This is a romance novel but with some mystery thrown into the mix. It centres around Henny who has just returned to Lawson’s Bend after a 10 year absence. She swore she would never return home again, after a tragic accident that had occurred at the town’s reservoir .This is a story about reuniting with friends she went to school with, a new love, and mystery thrown in to boot. The longer she stays in town, the more she grows suspicious that things are not what they seem. Highly recommend this book. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Allen and Unwin for giving me the pleasure of reading this novel. I could not put it down.

  12. We have so many fabulous Australian authors, and Nicole Hurley-Moore, is one of them.
    Set in country Australia, it is set in the now, with flash backs to years past.
    What seems to be a series of tragedies, soon becomes an unravelling mix of lies and deceit, all mixed in with jealousy and murder, but through it all, love grows, and healing takes place,
    I loved this book, and the only reason I didn’t read it cover to cover in one night, was because I had to get up for work, so needed sleep!
    If you want a a good page turner, that keeps you intrigued from the first, right through to the last page, then I highly recommend Lawson’s Bend.
    Thanks to Beauty & Lace, and Allen & Unwin for the opportunity to read this, and to Nicole for another fabulous story. 5/5

  13. Thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Allen and Unwin I read the new book by Nicole Hurley-Moore, Lawson’s Bend.

    Henny Bolton grew up in an Australian country town where tragedy struck at an end of high school party with friends so she escaped and left for the big smoke. Unfortunately Henny had to return 10 years later when her mother suddenly passes away. Nicole explores how Henny dealt with this while being back in the town she grew up in. Does she return to Melbourne to escape the sad memories or does she stay and honour her mother in the town her mother loved? Or even for a little romance?

    Because of these incidents the book to me felt like it had a depressing undertone. The story was well written and I did like it but it had a sadness to it. There was a hint of mystery to it as well which I always like in books and kept me guessing until the end.

    This was the first of Nicole Hurley-Moore’s books I have read but it won’t be the last.

  14. I was excited to sit down and read Lawson’s Bend over the long weekend and it did not disappoint!

    Each chapter left me wanting more and had me trying to work out what was going to happen.

    Highly recommend Lawson’s Bend, well done Nicole Hurley-Moore, another magnificent read!

    Thank you Beauty and Lace for this opportunity

  15. Thanks Beauty & Lace and Allen & Unwin for the opportunity to read Lawson’s Bend.

    It follows Henny Bolton (who I always wanted to read as Henry) and her sad sad return to her home town filled with painful memories from the past, this book had a little mystery to it which differentiated it from your classic “rural romance” story and it kept you on your toes!

    This was the first of Nicole Hurley-Moore’s books that I have read and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I fell into this story and I cant wait to read more of her works

  16. Lawson’s Bend by Nicole Hurley-Moore follows the story of Henny Bolton who left Lawson’s Bend 10 years ago after a tragic accident that happened whilst she and her school friends celebrated the end of the school year. It took the life of her best friend and Henny vowed she would never return.

    Suddenly her mum dies from an accident, and Henny is forced to return to Lawson’s Bend to sort out the funeral arrangements. Upon this return Henny must face her past. A memorial service is being arranged to mark the 10 year anniversary of the accident and from this Henny starts to reconnect with her old school friends especially Stephen Drake.

    Stephen who has always had a crush on Henny but hasn’t seen her since she left. Stephen wants more from Henny than she is prepared to give as she feels anyone, she gets close to always leaves her and she does not want this to happen again, will she let Stephen to her life.

    The more time that Henny is in Lawson’s Bend she has the feeling that the accident 10 years ago was not actually an accident and there is more to it. She starts to ask questions and then she starts to get threats against herself. What will she do now, will she keep looking into the accident or will she uncover a truth that the whole town does not want to know.

    Suspense and romance all in one story keeping me not knowing really what was going to happen as I went from chapter to chapter in solving what really happened the day of the accident 10 years ago at Lawson’s Bend.

    I would highly recommend Lawson’s Bend.

  17. This is the first novel I have read by Nicole Hurley-Moore & thoroughly enjoyed it.

    It is rural romance but with a crime mystery to it as well. It kept me captivated with the lovely love blossoming between Henny & Stephen, but also Henny’s detective work to find out what happened 10 years ago.

    Look forward to reading more from the Australian author

  18. This was the first time I have read a book by this author so thank you everyone for the opportunity.
    I loved the setting and the characters. I was pleased the main characters found closure with the past and managed to move on.
    It kept me intrigued to find out what happened. It was not easy to work it out which added to the suspense and made it a great read.
    I would recommend this book and author to my friends and will be looking for more books written by Nicole Hurley-Moore.
    Once again thank you Beauty and Lace, Allen & Unwin and Nicole for the opportunity to read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  19. I wasn’t selected to read Lawson’s Bend but have since purchased it. I am so glad I did as I loved every second reading it!

    A country romance with some mystery as well. This will be a book that I reread until it falls apart. Will also be looking for more books by Nicole to add to my bookshelf!

  20. First time reading a book by this author and definitely won’t be the last! Absolutely loved her style of writing and will be looking into more of her books

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