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A Book to Warm Your Heart and Feed Your Soul

It’s always a pleasure to have the lovely Cathryn Hein on the blog. Cathryn is one of my favourite rural romance authors who captures the true spirit of the outback with each new release. Today, she is sharing a little about her newest book, The Country Girl. Isn’t that a magnificent cover? Here’s Cathryn to tell you more…

Hi everyone, and a big thanks to Juanita for hosting me today and helping celebrate the release of THE COUNTRY GIRL.

From start to finish, this book has been a joy, and I’m thrilled to bits that it’s finally hit shelves and readers will be able to experience Tash and Patrick’s gorgeous romance.
Patrick is a man who’s had his world turned upside down by his fiancée Maddy’s tragic accident. The future he thought he’d have with her, one filled with love, joy and children, will never happen. He knows it, as do Maddy’s family and his own. Everyone wants him to move on, but Patrick can’t. He made Maddy a promise and feels honour-bound to stand by it.
I knew it would take a very special heroine to change Patrick, which is why I never started to write the book until I was certain I had exactly the right person. Tash took a while to come – several years, in fact – but from the moment she bounced into my mind I knew she was perfect.
Tash is the sort of girl who makes everyone smile. She’s big-hearted, bright, smart and pretty, with a personality that could cheer the dourest of people. As Tash’s mum Liz says to her, ‘If anyone can make someone feel better, it’s you. It’s your gift.’
She’s also a wonderful cook who views food and cooking as an expression of love. With her sunny personality and skill, it’s no wonder she’s become a superstar of the food blogging world. And it’s no wonder Patrick falls for her, even though he tries like crazy not to.
What this means for you, dear readers, is that you not only score an emotional boy-next-door, friends-to-lovers romance with THE COUNTRY GIRL, you also get a mouth-watering feast of delicious food from Tash’s kitchen.
As the title of this post suggests, THE COUNTRY GIRL is a book that’ll warm your heart and feed your soul.
Like Patrick with Tash, that’s hard to resist!

by Cathryn Hein

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?

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Booktopia | Dymocks | Angus & Robertson Bookworld

PRINT ISBN: 9781489242488
EBOOK ISBN: 9781489246813

My Review

The Country GirlThe Country Girl by Cathryn Hein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Be sure to have the Kleenex nearby. A challenging, exhausting read that is at times a whirlwind of words and action very much like the heroine, Tash. Ms Hein opens this story with a heartbreakingly tender, beautifully intense scene that had me reaching for the tissues within the first few pages. The story features a tortured hero, torn between the permanently disabled woman he’s committed to and the lively, up-and-coming, self-made star chef he’s fallen in love with. Full of good, wholesome country characters, this is a read that will have you cheering Patrick and Tash on even while you feel desperately sorry for Maddy and her situation. Like Khan, the horse featured in the story, it gallops along in places before unexpectedly hurling the reader head on into a pool of mixed emotions, leaving them breathless. Don’t miss the ride. ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley and HQN.

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Infiltration by Susanna Rogers

Congratulations to YA author, Susanna Rogers on the release of her debut novel, Infiltration. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games or Divergent, then this is the series for you. Fast-paced, action-filled, futuristic novels guaranteed to kick butt.

Book 2, Regeneration, will be available on 17 January 2018, but can be pre-ordered now.

Infiltration (Infiltration Book 1)

2120: A world ravaged by a devastating virus. Those healthy enough to live in New Nation lead a sanitized, orderly life where everything is tightly guarded by a brutal government. Lives, thoughts, information and emotions are all strictly controlled.

Now: Seventeen-year-old elite soldier Nicola Gray is sent back in time for an important assignment. She alone will stop the virus before it takes over the world – her mission, to gather intelligence, find the cause and stop the threat, whatever it takes.

She is trained to kill.

But the past is not what Nicola is expecting. Overwhelmed by an alien world, she discovers feelings she can’t handle and a world with immense personal freedom and people who care for each other. She wants to stay. She wants to live. She wants a lot of things she can’t have…

 My Review

Infiltration by Susanna Rogers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nicola Gray is a soldier – emotionless, trained to kill – and she’s been sent from the future to eliminate a target set to release a devastating virus on the world. Except when she arrives in Altabena, she finds not everything she’s been taught or told is true. And when the mind-altering drugs she’s been fed in the futuristic world of New Nation begin to wear off, Nicola finds herself discovering something she’s never had. Feelings. She begins to view her target in a different light, discovers the love of parents, and finds friendship where she least expects to, even as she is faced with the challenges of life as a teenager in the 21st century. With her mission compromised, it’s Nicola in danger as well as the boy she’s been sent to eliminate.
Infiltration is an intriguing start to this series and precedes book 2, Regeneration. I recommend reading this series in order of release as you will be left with unanswered questions that will no doubt be answered in book 2 and subsequent releases. This is a new-age story of self-discovery with a touch of intrigue and suspense. Well-written, you will be kept on edge as Nicola’s journey unfolds and she must choose where her loyalties lie. Having infiltrated the world of Altabena, I’m curious to see what Regeneration will bring. If you enjoyed movies like Ghost in the Shell and Oblivion, you’ll enjoy this read.

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