Monday, March 14, 2016

Review 'Honey Hill House' by Lisa Ireland


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28219420-honey-hill-house
Move to the country for $1 a week.

Dulili is suffering a people drought. Over the years more people have moved away than have arrived to stay in this old New South Wales farming town, and now only a handful of young families and elderly residents are left. The locals put a plan into action to entice newcomers: offering the town’s empty houses to newcomers from anywhere in Australia. Who could resist renting a beautiful homestead for a dollar a week?

Newly divorced Bea Elliot needs Honey Hill House for more than just a quaint project – restoring a ramshackle old farm house to a successful B&B will prove to her family – and herself – that she is strong enough to make a go of things on her own. She doesn’t need anyone to help her, even if the guy next door is remarkably obliging, delightfully generous, and terribly charming.

A city girl won’t last six months in the country, but Callum ‘Mitch’ Mitchell has good manners and loves his town, so he’ll be neighbourly, but keep his distance. Experience has taught him not to get involved with out-of-towners. Even if this out-of-towner is surprisingly resilient, unexpectedly tough, and unpredictably fond of local football.

Good fences make good neighbours, but in Dulili, it seems like barriers might instead be breaking down…

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 5th, 2016
Series:
A Dollar For a Dream #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
121
Formats:
eBook
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My Review:


A little while ago I read the first book in the A Dollar For a Dream series called ‘A Heart Stuck On Hope’ by Jennie Jones. I loved that book. So when I saw that the series continued with ‘Honey Hill House’ by Lisa Ireland I immediately decided I really needed to read this book too. I love books about the country life and sweet romance stories, so this book sounded like another perfect one.

‘Honey Hill House’ is definitely just as a feel-good book as the first one in the series. You can definitely tell this book is written by another author but since it’s still about the same small town, it was really fun to read how this author and her characters viewed the town of Dulili. The writing was just as good as in the first book, since I was immediately hooked to the pages. But although this book takes place in the same town as the first book did, the characters and their story are very different. And I really loved that.

The main character in ‘Honey Hill House’ is Bea Elliot. Bea is in her early thirties and just went through a very bad divorce. After her life was put upside down and she was forced to move back in with her father Bea decided it was time to take control of her own life. So when she saw the announcement of the ‘Dollar’ project in Dulili, and saw the opportunity to lease Honey Hill House and make it in a B&B, she soon decided to take a chance and move to the small town. I really admired Bea. She was a strong and kind character who really worked hard. And I especially admired how she moved on after everything that happened to her.

The other main character is Callum ‘Mitch’ Mitchel. He has lived in Dulili all his life. After his fiancĂ©e left him suddenly without a word he is determined to spend his day taking care of the family farm. The last thing he expected was to feel anything for a ‘city’ girl. But soon after Bea arrived in Dulili, Mitch and her became closer and closer.
The romance between Bea and Mitch was very sweet. I loved reading their story. But at times I didn’t really ‘feel’ their connection. Things seemed to move so fast and I was just surprised about how fast Mitch changed his mind and wanted a relationship with Bea.

But overall this was a very nice read. ‘Honey Hill House’ isn’t a long book, which makes it a perfect book to read on a cold Sunday with some hot coco and a blanket. Although I had a minor problem with the romance at times, it was a great read. I can’t wait to read more books in this fun country series. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


Although born and bred in the city of Melbourne, Australia, Lisa has always been a country girl at heart. After graduating from university, her love of horses, cattle dogs and tumbling-down farmhouses led her to accept a teaching position at a small school in rural Victoria. A flood, a bushfire, and countless snakes taught her there was more to life on the land than fluffy sheep and home baked scones! Lisa hopes her stories reflect the deep admiration she has for rural communities. She will never forget the hospitality she was shown as a wide-eyed city slicker, new to life in the bush.

Lisa now lives in a small coastal town and spends her days dreaming up stories as she walks along the beach. (Don’t tell her husband — he thinks she’s there to watch him catching waves.) When not writing, reading or conducting conversations with characters in her head, Lisa is busy being mum to her three boys and trying her best to train her impossible but adorable Labrador.

For more information about Lisa Ireland please visit her website, or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/

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