Author: Jennifer Moore
Published: April 2017
Paperback: 224 pages
FTC FYI: I received a paperback review copy in exchange for an honest review.
As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim. But now, ten years later, Sarah has defied the odds and become a successful businesswoman much to the chagrin of her male counterparts. Hardened by the dishonesty of both her fellow ranchers and the felons in her employ, Sarah has learned one important truth: no one is to be trusted.
Daniel Burton is a lucky man. Sentenced to death for his role in a horse-race scandal, Daniel was granted reprieve thanks to the influence of his wealthy relatives. Now, rather than death, Daniel faces exile in Australia an opportunity to put past mistakes behind him. But when he purchases land with the intention of farming it, he unwittingly arouses the wrath of his new neighbor, Sarah. What begins as a battle of wits, however, soon becomes a warm friendship and perhaps something more. But when Daniel's secret past is revealed, will Sarah be able forgive yet another deception?
Daniel Burton soon comes into her life. He is a convicted felon but is lucky to have money from his uncle to buy land and freedom to start anew in New Wales without anyone knowing about his past. Daniel buys the land next to Sarah, which puts them off to a bad start since Sarah wanted that land. It is a slow process, but step by step Daniel proves to be a loyal and trusted friend to Sarah.
Without going into too many details, since it would absolutely ruin the entire book for future readers, Sarah's heart slowly opens and she starts learning to trust people that she'd vowed she'd never do. Daniel has a big hand in helping Sarah change.This was such a lovely thing to read as they slowly became closer through varied events happening. I quite liked their interactions. Sarah is so tough on the outside and it was fun to watch how Daniel chipped away at the outer shell and broke through to the loving soul that was inside of Sarah. The more she opened up, the more I liked the character. I quite understood why Sarah acted the way she did because she'd experienced so many losses in her life. It was very satisfying in the end to see how love freely given can truly change someone's heart and how forgiving others can mend one's soul too.
This sweet tale of romance, filled with some angst and tense moments, gets 4 stars from me.
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