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Alicia Hope, human resources professional, bass player, bird lover, and author of women's fiction, lives in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia with her author husband and their two pet birds.
Alicia's stories feature credible characters in realistic situations and (mostly) Australian settings. Hers are feel-good books that readers of any age can curl up with on a rainy afternoon - or any time! - and enjoy. She suggests accompanying them with a barista-quality espresso and a generous slab of fine chocolate, and wishes her readers, 'Bon appétit!'
on Nov. 11, 2016 :
A sweet romance set in the Australian outback, this was an enjoyable read. Grayson is an English engineer who's on a work permit in Australia and arrives to do a stint in Cloncurry where he meets Maggie, the HR advisor and sparks fly between them immediately. The only problem is Maggie is married and determined not to give up on her vows, no matter how much her husband neglects her or that she believes she made a mistake marrying him at a vulnerable time in her life. Alicia Hope was careful to empathise the importance of marriage vows, as well as to keep this couple teetering on exploring their attraction to each other, without condoning extra-martial affairs - which I was pleased about as I can't abide cheating. Wonderfully descriptive, I could picture all of the vivid and colourful scenes she wrote about. I liked both characters, but didn't love them and missed that real emotional pull I crave in a romance novel, though it's a nice change to read a romance without any erotica, which is my usual go-to genre. I'm hovering somewhere between a 3.5 to 3.75 for this Aussie tale.
**I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review**
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on March 02, 2012 :
Another great story Alicia, the characters, plot and description of the outback are excellent... Looking forward to reading Glass Ceilings and Her Fortescue Diamond... Keep'em coming
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)