Book Club: The Country Girl

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Author: Cathryn Hein
ISBN: 9781489242488
RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Harlequin
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Cathryn Hein is an amazing Australian talent who writes glorious rural love stories with lovable animal characters. I am a fan of her work so was excited to put my hand up for The Country Girl. She is an author I always want to read and I am looking forward to this one, and one day actually catching up on her back catalogue.

The Country Girl is another one that is sure to tug at the heartstrings, I also have a suspicion there will be some steamy scenes and moments that will make you giggle. I just wish my holiday was offering a lot more opportunities to curl up with my book.

The Synopsis according to the Harlequin website:

Can this love story find a new beginning?

After landing a major cookbook deal, star food blogger Tash Ranger swaps city life for the family farm. But Tash’s homecoming is bittersweet, for now she can no longer avoid seeing her best friend Maddy, who was severely injured in a riding accident. No one knows that Maddy and Tash had a deep falling out and with every visit Tash must pretend to be the friend everyone believes her to be.

Patrick Lawson, Maddy’s fiancé, battles despair and hope daily as Maddy lies imprisoned in her body. When Tash returns to Castlereagh Road with her joy and boundless appetite for life, he realises finally what his loved ones have been trying to tell him for months – that Maddy wouldn’t want him to throw his life away. It’s time to move on. But letting go is no easy feat.

Can these two friends step out of the shadow of Maddy’s tragic life and accept love, or is the past forever destined to dictate their future?

Cathryn Hein loves to hear from her readers and she can be found on Twitter, Facebook and her website.

The Country Girl is published by Harlequin and is available now through Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harlequin 20 of our Beauty and Lace club members will be reading The Country Girl  so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

21 thoughts on “Book Club: The Country Girl

  1. I loved this book! it was not just because it was my favourite genre but the story was so engaging and characters were so beautifully written. This was the first time I had read a book by Cathryn Hein and I will definately read more in the future.

    Tash Ranger is a country girl at heart who has been in Melbourne for Uni and building up her blog ‘The Urban Ranger’ with plans for a cookbook and building her platform she decides to head home to a back to the country experience for her audience.

    Patrick Lawson is hurt, angry and heartbroken after his Fiance Maddy is injured in a horse riding accident – their dreams gone after Maddy’s body is broken.. He made her a promise and he vows to stick to that promise.

    Tash is like a breathe of fresh air and she reminds Patrick what it is like to live again after they clash over Maddy’s horse Khan whom Patrick has a love hate relationship with.

    Surrounding the story is other key chartacters, Maddy’s parents who’s life is on hold caring for their daughter, Pa,Tash’s Grandad and a true bushie, and Patrick and Tash’s parents.

    Can two people that are hurting, Tash feeling guilt after having a fall out with Maddy prior to her accident and Patrick who wants to live again but does not want to hurt Maddy find a way to heal together.

    This was an emotive tale that was easy to read, I wanted it to keep going. I love the back story of what goes into being a blogger as well. Highly recommend it. Thank you Harlequin Books AUS and Beauty and Lace

  2. Love, hurt, mystery, and suspense and anger are some of the feelings I experience whilst reading this book. Once I was a few chapters into this book I was unable to stop reading. I was hooked.

    I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book. Cathryn Hein is a wonderful Australian author and I look forward to reading more from her.

  3. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes I wonder what new spins can be put into the rural romance category, and when I think it’s exhausted, I come across someone new with their own flare for the genre. I found this book very hard to put down once I had gotten into it. Well written, and nicely paced, it’s a must read for those who love a dramatic read.

    Thank you to Harlequin Books and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read and review this book. I’m looking forward to seeing what else Cathryn Hein has or will publish in the future.

  4. Tash Roger landed a major cook book deal, she decided to swap city life for the family farm.
    but her homecoming did not turn out as good as she thought.
    Tash now to come to terms with her best friend Maddie, after her riding accident which has left Maddie unable to communicate.
    all visit Tash made home she had to pretend that things were still the same with her and Maddie. no one knew of the falling-out that they had prior to Maddie;s accident.
    Patrick Lawson Maddies fiance battles daily hoping and praying that Maddie will recover.
    when Tash returns to castleregh Ranch Patrick finally realises what his family has been saying to him for months.
    Maddie would not want him to waste his life, and to move on.
    but letting go and moving on is not easy especailly if moving on means to Tash.
    Patric is a country boy and Tash is a star on the rise with ambition that could make her unreachable to him anyway.
    can these two friends accept there love or is the past forever destined to dictate the future.
    a very heart felt book, lots of interesting little twists, a book well worth the read

  5. You never really know where home is until you leave and come back seems to be the theme of this book. It’s also about a lot of soul searching and undying commitment.
    Readers are thrown into the world of Patrick Lawson who is struggling with the severe injuries his fiancé Maddy suffered after a fall from her horse, Khan. Patrick is devoted to Maddy and, although he’s not sure she even knows who he is anymore, he can’t bring himself to end their engagement and move on.
    Tash Ranger is enjoying the good life in Melbourne, but has never forgotten her roots in Castlereagh Road. As a renowned food and cooking blogger, she makes a business decision to return home after she lands a cookbook deal and takes The Urban Ranger to the country.
    Patrick and Tash have to come to terms with Maddy’s injuries and Tash needs to deal with the breakdown in her friendship with Maddy before the life-changing horse fall. Can Patrick move on from Maddy and what will the future hold for Maddy and her family?
    Will Tash make the move temporary or will her burgeoning relationship with Patrick encourage her to settle where her heart has always lived?
    Cathryn Hein has written another heart-warming tale that will have readers laughing and crying in near-equal measure and questioning what they would do in a similar situation. Highly recommended.

  6. Cathyrn Hein is one of my favourite Australian rural romance writers & this book did not disappoint.

    It was easy to fall in love with the characters, & read about their lives. How they cope in the situations that are put before them, and how to deal with their feelings.

    Patrick finds it difficult to move on & break a promise he made to his fiancee to love & be there for her forever, even after a terrible accident leaves her unable to communicate & look after herself.

    Tash tries to ignore her feelings for Patrick as she was his fiancees best friend.

    Highly recommend reading this

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