BOOK CLUB: Snowy Mountains Daughter

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Although I enjoy small-town novels and rural romance books, I’d never actually read an Alissa Callen book before. This one won’t be my last!

In fact, since finishing reading ‘Snowy Mountain Daughter’, I’ve ordered a few of her older books.

Set in the NSW Snowy Mountains, Bundilla is home to peony flower farmer, Clancy Parker. She loves Bundilla, but as it says on the back of the book, “The man she’d loved is long gone and single men are as rare as a summer snowfall.” (That really paints a picture, doesn’t it?!)

Heath MacBride, on the other hand, moved away to the city as soon as he could. Being asked to return home to paint a mural, Heath plans to depart as soon as his task is finished. Plans change, of course, potentially giving Clancy and Heath time for a second chance at love – or maybe it will remain out of reach.

Of course, I can’t give too much away, but it’s a great read. The characters are richly portrayed and easy to like, with just enough sass, and a sense of adventure. Overall, a heart-warming, lovely novel, and one that I would recommend.

Thank you to Beauty and Lace for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading Snowy Mountains Daughter by Alissa Callen. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

ISBN: 9781489269782 / Imprint: Mira

9 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Snowy Mountains Daughter

  1. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and HarperCollins/Mira for my copy of Snowy Mountains Daughter which I really enjoyed.
    This was also my first Alissa Callen book and I like her style of writing. Her descriptions capture the beauty and ruggedness of the mountains and surrounding landscapes so I can easily visualise everything and want to be there.
    It took me a little while to warm up to the characters, but could soon feel the warmth and community spirit that country people have. The small town dynamics were present and it was pretty obvious who was running the town.
    This is a great book for lovers of flowers and animals. There’s a grumpy cat, dogs, horses and cattle. Bundy is kind of like Red Dog, except he stays in one area instead of roaming all over the state. He seems to have a sense of when people need his help when lonely, lost or heartbroken and when they are mended he moves on to another part of town or a neighbouring farm to help the next person.
    Art and mural painting play a big part in this book and I enjoyed reading about it.
    One character has dementia and the author describes it really accurately telling how sad and scary this condition is. There is a particular moment in the book featuring Heath and his dad that had me tearing up as it was quite emotional.
    There is love, sadness, hardships and a twist/family secret I never saw coming.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to read another fabulous Alissa Callen books. Snowy Mountains Daughter is a wonderful read. It’s a heart warming story that will grab you from start to finish. Especially Bundy the dog that just has this sixth sense when someone needs him. Dogs are brilliant creatures!!!! A must read!!!

  3. My favorite Alissa Callen book so far! Heath and Clancys story had me sucked in from the beginning, itching to read more and discover what the family secret was that was holding Heath back from letting himself be loved by Clancy. Portraying small town life accurately, I loved how it included a town mural, another thing that is happening in so many rural towns!
    Thanks Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the chance to review this terrific book!

  4. A very moving story about family, love, loss, romance and secrets making their way through a rural community. I loved it!!

  5. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the book.
    Thank you Alissa Callen for sharing your stories with us.

    Snowy Mountains daughter is a story about a strong independent woman named Clancy Parker.
    Clancy lives alone and runs her own business where she grows and sells peony flowers.
    Heath MacBride grew up as the best friend of Clancy’s brother Rowan. The three of them were always hanging out together. Clancy and Heath share a bond that goes beyond friendship but will anything ever happen?

    This is a romance story yes, but it’s also a story about being strong and independent and not letting other peoples words hold you back from doing what you love.
    It shows how the closeness of a small town and it’s community has an advantage to helping people heal and learn.

    Alissa Callen has a way of writing that brings the country to life. Her characters feel honest and real and like people you know.

    I love that rural romance is giving people that chance to experience the country.

  6. Thank you for this book reading opportunity. Snowy Mountains Daughter was an enjoyable and relaxing to read, it was the perfect book for me to unwind with and go off into my own world. The characters were multi dimensional and realistic, there was romance, and family drama.
    I enjoyed the rural community setting and the lifestyle away from the city.
    I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to just read a good book with real characters and happenings. Well done Alissa Callen.

  7. I love Alissa Callen’s books so I was excited to receive this one. This is the first book set in the town of Bundilla after many books set in Woodlea so it was nice to see a new set of small town characters.
    Bundilla is a small town set right on the edge of the Snowy Mountains. Sounds like a gorgeous spot to be.
    Clancy is a peony/flower farmer who’s family has been in the area for generations. Heath is an artist that left town when he was 18 and has returned to town to paint a mural on the town water tower. Clancy and Heath have been in love with each other since being teenagers but neither of them realises the others feelings.
    Initially I was frustrated that neither of them would act on their feelings but in the end I loved this book and all of the new characters we got to meet including the town dog, Bundy. If you love a rural romance you will love this book.

  8. Snowy Mountains Daughter is a novel by Alissa Callen set in the small town of Bundilla. Clancy Parker loves the high country where she is born and has never left. She lives on the property Ashcroft the home she grew up in with her family. She lives there alone as her parents have passed away and her only sibling Rowan is in England. She farms peonies and looks after Rowan’s cattle while he is away.

    Heath MacBride was Rowan’s best friend growing up and they would always have Clancy tagging along on their adventures. When Heath had a fight with his father, he left the mountain country he loves to pursue his love of art travelling the world painting. He returns to Bundilla where he is commissioned to paint a mural on the Bundilla water tower. On his return he wishes to see his mother but unfortunately his fathers’ antagonistic attitude towards his artistic talent has not changed. But his father’s health has.

    The town dog Bundy a free-spirited kelpie usually gives company to anyone in need and when Heath returns Bundy does not leave his side. Heath too has secrets and keeps these to himself. But can it stay this way or do circumstances change them for him and those around him?

    A great read touching on romance and the life in a rural community.

  9. Beautiful and sweet, I enjoyed this book immensely a perfect Rural Romance.  Childhood friends Clancy Parker and Heath MacBride have taken different paths, one loves the Australian high country and it is the only place she ever wants to call home while the other has run from it overseas and become a world-renowned mural artist.

    A commission in Bundilla brings him home to his family and Clancy his best mates sister who he grew up with.  Clancy has always loved Heath but when he up and left suddenly after a fight with his Dad her heart was broken. Clancy knows this will just be a short trip but can she protect her heart from the only man she has ever loved?

    The book brings to life the countryside and is another reason I enjoyed the book so much. The way Alissa describes the high country and surrounds had me wanting to pack my bags to see the Tumut river. I loved how real the characters were and I fell in love with Bundy, the free-spirited kelpie.

    The book had it all – a lovely town, great characters, family secrets and a love story. Highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more books by Alissa Callen. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book.  

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