Rachael, a successful lawyer in Sydney, returns to her foster family and the only place that ever felt like home: Mindalby, to help with the failing family business, the town’s bakery. With the cotton gin’s closure, all businesses are struggling, and it looks like the only option is to close up the bakery and hope to sell. But when Rachael returns, she realises that her skills give her other options: refreshing and revitalising the bakery and a chance to rekindle her love of baking.
Irishman, Mike O’Malley is a staying kind of man, looking to settle down in Mindalby with a woman who loves the wild country and wants to get involved in the community. Rachael is not that girl, but the attraction is hard to deny. Determined to show Rachael that Mindalby can be a home, he draws her out into the community and deeper into his life. But when it comes time to make a decision, can he trust Rachael to risk her heart?
‘Sorry,’ she said. ‘I don’t play ball.’
He hugged the ball close to his chest. He understood that. None of his sisters were into sport either. But, he loved his sports; it was a major part of his life.
‘What do you play then? I’m up for anything.’
She rubbed her hands against the afternoon chill, as her clear blue eyes met his. His heart hammered. They were the prettiest eyes he’d ever seen, and if he wasn’t careful his concentration would take a serious hit, and he’d sound like some daft prick.
‘I’m not very sporty. How did they go?’
Mike shook his head. ‘Another loss,’ he all but whispered.
She gave him a soft smile. ‘Oh, that happens. Are you having a reconnoitre with them?’
His lips quivered, but he couldn’t hold back. He let out a belly laugh.
She’s gorgeous. A one-off.
Linda Charles is a contemporary romance writer who lives in Newcastle in the Hunter Valley, NSW. She was born and raised in Sydney where she studied and taught drama for many years. She loves to read, travel and enjoys a good conversation. Following a move to the Hunter Valley she started to write her own stories. Linda is a member of the Hunter Romance Writers, Romance Writers of Australia, and Romance Writers of America.
Linda Charles will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
September 10: Romance Novel Giveaways
September 10: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
September 11: Christine Young
September 11: Fabulous and Brunette
September 12: A Chick Who Reads
September 12: Lampshade Reader
September 13: Bookstanista
September 13: B-Gina Review
September 14: Joanne Guidoccio
September 14: Sharing Links and Wisdom
September 17: Nana Prah’s Blog
September 17: Danita Minnis
September 18: Author C.A.Milson
September 18: Musings From An Addicted Reader
September 19: Hearts and Scribbles
September 19: It’s Raining Books
September 20: Punya Reviews…
September 20: Welcome to My World of Dreams
September 21: Edgar’s Books
September 21: Harlie’s Books
September 24: The Avid Reader
September 24: Reading Obsessed
September 25: Sapphyria’s Books
September 25: Sea’s Nod
September 26: My Reading Journeys
September 26: Readeropolis
September 27: Southern Delights Book Blog
September 27: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
September 28: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
September 28: So Many Books
October 1: T’s Stuff
October 1: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 2: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 2: Let Me tell You a Story
October 3: Bookaholic
October 3: Mixed Book Bag
October 4: Kimmi Love
October 4: This and That Book Blog
October 5: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 5: Long and Short Reviews
It’s been my pleasuring hosting Linda for this stop on her tour. Please come back again all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.