Book Review and Giveaway: Hartley’s Grange

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Author: Nicole Hurley-Moore
ISBN: 978-1-76029-203-4
RRP: $29.99

Lily Beckett is a talented junior designer in Melbourne for an up and coming fashion house, until she is put in a position that leaves her feeling like she has no choice but to quit. Devastated she heads over to see her photographer boyfriend, only to find him in a compromising position. With her life in tatters she flees the city for the country town she grew up in.

On the way she runs into a huge storm and then crashes her car avoiding a kangaroo. It really is not Lily’s day but she is found by local grazier Flynn Hartley, who Lily knows from her childhood.

Violet Falls is a small town and the Beckett’s have been there from the beginning, Lily is running back there to be with her older sister Violet and her niece Holly. She decides to check out the main street shop she inherited while she’s in town.

Lily has always had issues with her body and her self-esteem, and she has always been unlucky in love. This latest farce with the photographer sees her swear off men, or the bad boys at least. The next man she decides to date will be dependable, reliable and probably a little bit boring. But she didn’t count on the sparks with resident bad boy Flynn.

Violet has a wedding coming up and her event planning business is taking off so while hiding from the world Lily decides to stick around for a while and help out. The sisters are extremely close and it has been difficult for Lily to have been separated from Violet and Holly when they moved back to town.

Growing up Lily never really felt she belonged in town but that seems to have changed in all the years she was gone. Now that she’s home things are coming together for her, she is back with the friends that she left behind when she fled to the city with her sister almost a decade ago and she has her work cut out for her with the shop.

Hartley’s Grange is told by both Lily and Flynn, so we get an in-depth glimpse into the workings of Flynn’s mind also. He is carrying quite a bit of baggage from the past and it’s why he has never been a big fan of commitment.

This is the story of Lily’s return home and courageous chasing of her dreams. It is a well written story with a couple of interesting twists that I wasn’t expecting, as well as some predictable plotlines. I want to say it was a nice light read but the baggage both our leads are carrying adds quite a bit of depth.

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I went in to this one a little blind, I hadn’t checked it out and I just picked it up when it came in because we are doing the giveaway so it wasn’t until after I finished it that I realised it was a follow up book. I can’t say I was surprised. Now knowing that there was a book before Hartley’s Grange I am tempted to go and chase it up to read it so I can find out more about the characters but I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything by meeting the characters in Hartley’s Grange.

Lily pours her heart and soul into her new venture only to be offered what she thought she always wanted. This could be a real turning point for both of our leads and I certainly found it difficult to put the book down waiting to find out how it would all be resolved.

Hartley’s Grange is a tale of second chances, of finding that person who inspires you to be better and heal what is broken and damaged inside you.

The element of suspense was well drawn out and seamless, it cast suspicion on enough people that the reveal was a surprise. I did expect some suspense in a second area but that never eventuated, so maybe just a case of my mind adding significance to an element that served a different purpose.

Hartley’s Grange is a great read that will help you wile away some hours, though maybe don’t pick it up just yet if you are in a bushfire prone area.

Hartley’s Grange is book #10 for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2016.

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

Hartley’s Grange is available now through Allen & Unwin and from Booktopia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld and where all good books are sold.

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18 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveaway: Hartley’s Grange

  1. If I had a day like Lily’s that night I would have a nice bottle of red wine and a large box of chocolates would eat and drink the lot

  2. I would do what I currently do at the moment when I’ve had a horrible day; either read a captivating book to distract my mind, or play some relaxing music whilst colouring in some beautiful illustrations from one of my colouring books, whilst practising my ‘belly breathing’ exercises.

  3. My Mum was amazing and no matter what she would have a positive attitude. Even when Doctors told her that she only had 3months left to live she refused to believe it and proved them all wrong. She lived on for a further 7 years and each day was faced with a smile and so much positive energy so when I face something negative I always look to the heavens and talk to my Mum and ask her to help me be more like her. I would tell myself the guy didnt deserve me and I could do better.
    I would find a better job where I would be happier and most likely make more money.
    And i would give thanks that I had insurance on my car.
    Then i would buy myself a good book, a block of chocolate and a bright lipstick to frame my smile.

  4. Light some candles around me do some meditation. A bubble bath with candles and beautiful scents surrounding me is always great too, both really help relax and unwind the mind and body to be clearer when too many things seem to happen at once.

  5. After a good cry out I’d want to talk it over. Sisters are made for just that. I’d put things into perspective and maybe even find the humour in the situation – after a time.

  6. See a movie and catch up afterwards over a coffee with good friends! They are my best friends who have “carried” and guided me through my darkest days, and helped me celebrate the brightest ones. They are an essential part of my life and contribute to my mental stability and happiness. I would also try to wake with excitement each day and know what I wanted to accomplish daily! I always try to laugh louder, dance longer and live more extraordinarily than the day before! Then life is always worth living and is FUN!!!

  7. Like Scarlett O’Hara, I would say tomorrow is another day, and pick myself up and face the day thankful that I’m alive.

  8. Cry, cry some more and when I’m finished feeling sorry for myself I’ll drink a cup of herbal tea and go bed determined tomorrow will be a brighter day.

  9. I’d need a drink after all that so I’d go out on the town with my girl friends, get a little tipsy, laugh a lot and forget my troubles for a little while.

  10. I would eat a lot of chocolate. And then I would bury my head in a good book, hoping to forget my own problems briefly by reading about someone else’s. And if I choose my book right, the problems the protagonist faces might just put my own into perspective!

  11. I’d get myself a lotto ticket, my luck has to get better, and plan myself a relocation. Obviously where I am now is of no benefit and a new place brings new hope and opportunity

  12. Oh no, what a day! If I had a horrible no good rotten bad day like that, I think I’d lock all the doors, run a bubble bath, grab a bottle of wine and a block of chocolate, and put on some soothing background music, climb into the bath and let myself have a good cry whilst sipping on wine and indulging in chocolate. Oh, and ice cream, I’d need some of that too.

  13. Id venture to the supermarket grab A tub of gaytime original ice cream , Go to movie store and grab a chick flick ..
    Put on the air con – fluff my pillows and chill out.

    But before all that jump in the pool and scream my lungs out haha and let out some pent up steam 😀

  14. Make a double shot espresso coffee take a deep breath, count to ten and sit in front of my computer googling funny YouTube videos………..the modern girls answer to everything!

  15. I would obviously feel far from great, but negative feelings can’t last forever. I’d remind myself that no matter what there will always be something to look forward to. The best is yet to come 🙂

  16. I’d spend the early evening with friends enjoying myself and distracting myself from the problems. Then, feeling re-energised, I’d go home and plan to fix what could be fixed (the car) and spend the night dreaming up a new beginning and the first steps to accomplishing that.

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