BOOK CLUB: Summer at Kangaroo Ridge

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Summer at Kangaroo Ridge by Nicole Hurley-Moore is a lovely rural romance set in a small country town, Kangaroo Ridge, in Victoria.

This story features the Carrington siblings, who were orphaned eight years ago after a terrible Christmas Eve car accident. Their aunt, Maddie, moved in with them, but the two eldest children, twins Sebastian and Tamara stepped up to take on the caring of their three younger siblings.

Taking on such a huge responsibility in their late teen years fundamentally changed the twins.

While being the caretaker resulted in Sebastian becoming quiet and serious, Tamara is itching to finally live her life. Although she’s happily working at the family farm, and Sebastian is happily running the local pub, Tamara knows her secret could tear the family apart.

She has a secret relationship, and she’s certain Sebastian will not approve once he discovers this.

The story is heartwarming, and emotional, with plenty of romance, but also family dynamics, and decision making at pivotal points in their lives. This was an engaging read, and I will definitely seek out other books by Nicole Hurley-Moore.

Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Allen and Unwin for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

ISBN: 9781760875558
Copy courtesy of Allen and Unwin

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9 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Summer at Kangaroo Ridge

  1. Summer at Kangaroo Ridge by Nicole Hurley – Moore
    At the age of 17 Tamara and her twin brother Seb took on the job of raising their younger siblings when their parents died tragically in an accident.
    They both put aside their plans for the future to stay in Kangaroo Ridge to be there for their family with Seb taking on the running of the family hotel as soon as he was old enough.
    Tam and their Aunt Maddie started a wedding business on the family farm.
    While Seb became serious and almost controlling, Tam developed a bit of a wild streak, riding a motorcycle and doing extreme sports such as sky diving.
    They all have different ways in dealing with their grief and overcoming the burden of the events that led to the accident.
    This all sounds very sad but it is also a love story for Tam, a secret fling that she struggles to cope with as things get serious.
    This book made me smile, cry and wish that I wasn’t already married so I could plan a wedding with Maddie and Tam on this beautiful property.
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace for a copy of this lovely book.

  2. Summer at Kangaroo Ridge is an easy to read rural romance by Nicole Hurley-Moore. This book centres around the Carrington Family who tragically lost both parents in a car accident when the oldest siblings, twins Tamara and Sebastian, were only 17. Their aunt moved in with them and their 3 younger siblings as they all clung together to get through the loss.
    This story is mostly Tam about Tam who has found love but keeps it hidden as she’s not sure her family will approve or that she deserves happiness as she blames herself for her parents death.

    I look forward to reading more from Kangaroo Ridge and learning how the tragedy shaped the rest of the siblings lives.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Allen ans Unwin for the chance to read and review this book.

  3. Summer at Kangaroo Ridge is set on the Carrington family country property where five siblings must navigate their way through a torrent of grief and struggles to keep the family home and business together.

    While the family is close-knit, we see how keeping secrets is a way to cope and protect others’ feelings. Tam and Seb being the oldest of the siblings, go about their time not truly dealing with their situation. As this story unfolds, we discover how this affects those around them.

    I felt the themes and characters were authentic and amiable. The book flowed well and was enjoyable to read. I haven’t read any other of Hurley-Moore’s books, but I will now add it to my list.

    Thank you to Allen and Unwin Publishing and Beauty and Lace for the reading and reviewing opportunity.

  4. Summer at Kangaroo Ridge by Nicole Hurley-Moore was a lovely story about family relationships. It was a quick read that I was able to get through in two days, although I do wish it was longer. I’d enjoy a series about this family. Thank you Beauty and Lace for letting me review this book >:o)

  5. Summer at Kangaroo Ridge by Nicole Hurley-Moore is a great easy read book about the Carrington family focusing on twins Tamara and Sebastion primarily and there bond which is quite frayed after there parents were tragically killed when they were 17, requiring them to step up and look after there siblings and family interests, they both dealt with there grief in different ways, with Tam still blaming herself for there accident.
    Making matters more interesting Tam is in a secret relationship, one she knows Seb will disapprove of.
    I really enjoyed this book, folling Tam’s journey on forgiving herself and finally allowing herself to be happy yet another great read by Nicole, thank you Beauty and Lace and Allen&Unwin for the chance to read and review it

  6. Thank-you Beauty & Lace for giving me the chance to read & review ‘Summer at Kangaroo Ridge’ by Nicole Hurley-Moore.
    The Carrington family is hit by tragedy when their parents are killed in a car accident when the older siblings Seb and Tam are only 17. Putting aside their own dreams they pull together for their younger siblings and making their family home on Kangaroo Ridge into a desired wedding venue.
    As the story unravels, we learn more about why each of the siblings reacts the way they do, the past has had a huge influence on how they react to life’s choices. Finding a way forward for happiness is difficult but ultimately rewarding, a good read. Thank-you ‘Beauty & Lace Bookclub’ for the opportunity to read ‘Summer at Kangaroo Ridge’ by Nicole Hurley-Moore.

  7. Summer at Kangaroo Ridge by Nicole Hurley-Moore sets out to be a rural romance with some family drama mixed in. This book centres around the Carrington kids who sadly lost both parents in a car accident.
This story centres around the oldest daughter Tam who has found love but keeps it hidden as both a way to keep it sacred but also because she can’t face the disapproval of her family, particularly her twin brother.
    Tam feels the guilt and responsibility culminating in the drama of making life decisions in tricky and complicated circumstances.
    Thank you to Hurley-Moore for bringing Kangaroo Ridge and the Carrington family to life.
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Allen and Unwin for the chance to read and review this book.

  8. A beautiful book that covers tragedy love and as always a happy ending.
    The story is set I t he country and it involves a family who tragically lose their parents and the children feel they are left to pick up the pieces. One character Fels responsible for their death and therefore feels responsible for the family farm. Should she feel responsible and will that get in the way of finding her happily ever after?
    I great read that has all the twists and turns and pulls o the heart.
    Highly recommend

  9. Another great book by Nicole as I loved all of her other books and a huge Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Allen and Unwin

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