Water Under the Bridge by Lily Malone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lily Malone has a truly unique voice to all her books. Every story is a journey into a world of true blue Australian characters, written with humour to make you smile, emotion that wraps your heart in a warm hug, and skill that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Jake (*sigh*) and Ella’s story is full of everything mentioned above and more. I fell in love with the town and the people, even the bad guys. Throw in a German ex-husband and swimming coach who has a heart as big as he is, and you have an award-worthy novel in your hands.
Water Under the Bridge
Ella Davenport hasn’t been in a swimming pool since a bad decision ruined her chance of Olympic gold. So when Ella decides on a new career selling property, she chooses Chalk Hill. The country town is a long way from the water, with no pool in sight. Perfect!
Jake Honeychurch doesn’t want to sell his Nanna’s house, but circumstances force his hand. Listing the property with the rookie real estate agent in town, and asking a hefty price means it shouldn’t find a buyer. Perfect!
But determination and persistence are traits Jake admires, and Ella has them in spades. After all, no one ever made an Olympic team by being a quitter.
When news breaks of a proposed waterski park, a local developer starts sniffing around Honeychurch House. Ella’s first sale is so close she can taste it, until a sharp-eyed local recognises her.
Between sale negotiations with Jake that keep getting sidetracked, and a swimming pool committee hellbent on making a splash, Ella has more to contend with than kisses and chlorine.
Can she throw off the failures of the past and take the chance of a new start? Or will her dreams of a new life be washed away again?