Jun 16, 2015

Australia Week: The Friendship Tree by Helen J. Rolfe

Is running away ever the answer?

Tamara Harding left the UK to join family in Australia, but more importantly, to put ten thousand miles between her and her ex, Bradley Cox. She is soon drawn in to the small community of Brewer Creek where she becomes the coordinator for an old fashioned Friendship Tree – a chart telling people who they can call on in times of trouble.

As she vows to start over, she meets Jake Manning – and life gets more complicated than she could ever have imagined. Jake is the direct competitor for the family business, and a man with a dark secret, and Tamara struggles to fight her attraction to him as she deals with secrets of her own and an ex who refuses to give up.

When danger descends on Brewer Creek in the form of Jake’s own past, Tamara soon realises the Friendship Tree does a lot more than organise fundraising events and working bees; it has the power to unite an entire town. But will Tamara see past the complications and allow herself a happy ending with Jake?

Or will she run away again? 

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Tamara travels to Australia to be with her mother and stepfather. She needs a fresh start because her relationship with Bradley is wrong. In Australia she has a chance to be away from him and heal. She has a chance to relax before she starts looking for a job, and she also makes new friends. Her parents are living in Brewer Creek, which is a small, but tight community. Tamara is in charge of distributing and updating the Friendship Tree, a great and old fashioned system that makes sure the people in Brewer Creek can always reach each other. 

Jake and April are new in Brewer Creek as well. Jake is a vet, just like Tamara's father. Tamara and Jake have a connection, but Jake isn't available and Tamara is still not over Bradley. Tamara doesn't like the competition for her father and Jake has something to hide. Because of that she can't let him come close. Will Tamara eventually find happiness in Brewer Creek or will she run from what scares her?

The Friendship Tree is a wonderful book. Bradley is bad for Tamara, but every time he manages to tempt her. That's why she needs to get away from him. In Brewer Creek she has the time to think and to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She doesn't expect to fall in love. Jake is hiding from someone and his secrets give the story a good edge. I liked the symbolism of friendship trees which is a great base for this strong story. I really enjoyed reading it. The gorgeous setting, impossible romance and fabulous main characters are making this such a fabulous read. The story is as beautiful as the cover.

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