Jun 24, 2015

Australia Week: The Wild One by Janet Gover - Review & Giveaway

Can four wounded souls find love?
Iraq war veteran Dan Mitchell once disobeyed an order – and it nearly destroyed him. Now a national park ranger in the Australian outback, he’s faced with another order he is unwilling to obey ...

Photographer Rachel Quinn seeks out beauty in unlikely places. Her work comforted Dan in his darkest days. But Quinn knows darkness too – and Dan soon realises she needs his help as much as he needs hers.

Carrie Bryant was a talented jockey until a racing accident broke her nerve. Now Dan and Quinn need her expertise, but can she face her fear? And could horse breeder, Justin Fraser, a man fighting to save his own heritage, be the man to help put that fear to rest?

The wounds you can’t see are the hardest to heal...

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Review by Tanya
The Wild One is the second in the Coorah Creek series but can be read as a standalone as I found out. The book centres around four main characters who each have problems of their own, but are trying to work together to save a group of  brumbies (wild horses) from being shot in the effort eradicate them of the national park of Tyangi.
Dan Mitchell is the ranger of the park and is ordered to shoot the horses. He does not want to obey the order and the act of shooting and orders brings back unwanted memories from his time in the army. He is struggling with PTSD and bad flashbacks of an act he was asked to carry out whilst in service. He likes the freedom of the national park and knows that if he does not obey the orders to shoot the brumbies he could lose his job.
Rachel Quinn is a photographer who is spending some time in the local village of Coorah Creek and becomes interested in the plight of the brumbies and sets out to save them from being shot. She has her own secrets and works hard and being independent. She also hates to be tied down and often lives in her Humvee which is set up for camping. She is a famous photographer and tracks the story of the capture of the brumbies through photography in the hope of producing an article.
Carrie Bryant is a jockey that has a bad accident and is no longer able to bring herself to go near a horse. She is approached to help with the rescue mission and agrees but with a lot of trepidation and not intending to handle a horse in the process. She lacks a lot of confidence in herself and feels like people are laughing at her.
Carrie approaches Justin Fraser with important information that will help to save his Stock Horse stables after a big fire caused the loss of many great horses when his father was running it. Justin is a big admirer of Carrie’s and is there to help her through her fear of horses.
There are love stories that arise between the characters, but they each have to come to terms with things that have happened and to accept them. I feel that through the effort to save the brumbies they  learn a lot about themselves and become a lot wiser from the action. 
The town of Coorah Creek contains the type of people that everyone would want to call friends.  They are there to help each other through the tough times and there to celebrate the good. This is what Dan, Carrie and Quinn need and you can see by the end of the book how important the town becomes to them. 
I don’t know which character I liked the best and think that as a foursome with edge characters and a great plot you cannot go wrong with this book. In fact I am off to get the first Coorah Creek book and have already downloaded more books by Janet Gover. This is why I love these weeks by Suzanne as it introduces you to new authors.  

Giveaway

The very lucky winner of this giveaway will receive a fantastic prize, a signed copy of Flight to Coorah Creek from Janet Gover!
I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.     

14 comments:

  1. Romantic countryside stories have the support of the vast nature and the people are more integrated with their surroundings.

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  2. I like to learn more about specific locations, and I like the personal relationships of the romances.

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  3. The description of the beauty of the places

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  4. Description and scope for emotion within the scenes xx

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  5. you can lose yourself in the scenery in your head x

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  6. Such a great escape without the bugs.

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  7. Good luck everyone. Fantastic prize

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  8. Any romance story makes me feel good.

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  9. you feel like is a more intimist cenario

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  10. The places it's set
    Jade H

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  11. I love small town romances, it's mostly sweet and light

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  12. who doesn't love the countryside? I love romance no matter where it is!

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