Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns

Outback Dreams by Rachael JohnsOutback Dreams by Rachael Johns
Series: Bunyip Bay #1
Published by Harlequin Enterpises AU on October 1st 2013
Pages: 352
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Faith and Monty are both looking for love...but are they looking in the wrong direction? Faith Forrester is at a crossroads. Single, thirty and living on a farm in a small Western Australian town, she's sick of being treated like a kitchen slave by her brother and father. Ten years ago, her mother died of breast cancer, and Faith has been treading water ever since. She wants to prove to herself that she's done something worthwhile with her life. And she wants to find a man... For as long as he can remember, Daniel 'Monty' Montgomery has been Faith's best friend. When he was ten, his parents sold the family property and moved to Perth and ever since, Monty's dreamed of having his own farm. So for the last ten years, he's been back on the land, working odd jobs and saving every dollar to put toward his dream. Now he finally has the deposit. But there’s still something missing... So when Faith embarks on a mission to raise money for a charity close to her heart, and Monty's dream property comes on the market, things seem like they are falling into place for them both. Until a drunken night out ends with them sleeping together. Suddenly, the best friends are faced with a new load of challenges... Monty and Faith are both ready to find a life partner and settle down, but they didn’t expect love to be so close by.

I like the build-up and the sense of rural community relationships, until…

There’s always a moment where the conflict hits its highest point and unfortunately, I found it breathtakingly stupid when it came. From the heroine too, which makes me grimace and hunker down and whimper because I feel the need to excuse for the silliness in my own gender. Seriously? Faith’s desire to have children leads her to break-up with Monty without taking the time to understand the resentment that he’d has for years makes it alright for her to take moral high ground? And everything is resolved the moment Monty comes grovelling? Are her biological clock and her desires eclipsing the beauty of what ‘true’ partnership is?


Because as much as Monty has been accused of selfishness, she is equally guilty of acting as though he is the only entity that’s missing it all.