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Head Over Heels by Sam and Jenny Bailey


Head Over Heels: A Story of Tragedy, Triumph and Romance in the Australian BushHead Over Heels: A Story of Tragedy, Triumph and Romance in the Australian Bush by Sam Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderfully uplifting and inspirational story of one man’s determination to overcome his disability and work the land he loved so much. When most would have given up on life, Sam Bailey forged ahead, beat the odds, and showed “his old mate, Quadriplegia” how it’s done. Proof that determination and will power can beat anything, especially when you have the right people by your side to cheer you on. This was also an amazing story of how true love can see beyond limitations.

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Head Over Heels

At the age of 19, a young farmer, Sam Bailey, miscalculated a bend in the road, overturned his ute and became a quadriplegic. After months of struggle, he learned how to resume his life as a farmer, running a sheep and cattle property in northwest New South Wales. then he met and fell in love with Jenny Black, an ABC Rural journalist, proposed to her on air, and the rest is history. Jenny tells Sam’s story in his own laconic, wry style. By turns romantic, funny and moving, it affirms the strength of iron-willed determination and the power of love.

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The Stewart Island Series by Tracey Alvarez


In Too Deep (Stewart Island #1)In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am devouring this series by Tracey Alvarez. Usually with this many books in a series, I take breaks between them, but these are un-put-downable books. I find myself hungry for the next one before I’ve finished. I’ve fallen in love with the characters and the setting, and I can’t get enough. Ms Alvarez has a writing voice that draws me in. Funny, quirky, natural and feisty dialogue mixed with delightful romance. With each book the writing gets better, and I fall deeper and deeper, but my favourite to date is Playing for Fun. Ford Komeke … H.O.T.

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Two hearts. A second chance. Everything on the line…

Ryan “West” Westlake belongs on the island. It’s in his blood and who he is. Nobody can deny that. When Piper Harland walked out of his life years ago, West let her go. He’d never stand in the way of a woman and her dreams. But now that she’s back, their past smacks him right in the face. With tempers flared and desires heightened, West just might realise what he lost so long ago.

Piper would do anything for her brother—even if means going back to Stewart Island—the one place she swore she’d never go again. As a member of the elite New Zealand Police Dive Team, Piper is forced to return to her hometown. When she confronts the demons of her past, old feelings of grief, pain, and a lost love come flooding back. Without drowning, can Piper wade through the pain of her past and find a future with the one who shattered her heart?

IN TOO DEEP is the first story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Stewart Island books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet small town romances with a touch of comedy, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.