She left home to find herself...and found love along the way.
Maggie isn’t looking for love on her backpacking trip through Australia. She’s got enough man troubles back in Ireland. Australia is her escape, a place of adventure where she can create memories to last a lifetime.
But some memories won’t be left behind.
Gray is ready to quit hiring backpackers to help with the work on his remote Queensland cattle station when Maggie turns up. She’s just passing through, but the connection they forge during the long nights herding cattle won’t be so easily cast aside.
CONTENT WARNING: A strong-willed Irish heroine, a stubborn Australian hero, and oceans of difference to bridge for love.
A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance
“In Ireland we have the Banshee.” Maggie broke Gray’s daydreaming with a start. “She is the omen of death and the messenger from the Otherworld.”
She continued in a whisper. “Often she appears an old hag. Folklore says she may also appear as a stunningly beautiful woman.” Maggie raised her brow at him, her eyes twinkling with fun.
Gray threw his head back and laughed, and she joined him. There was no shaking her. He decided he wasn’t going to best Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he was content with that.
He shifted so she had to settle against him. He heard her sigh as he wrapped his arm around her. They sat watching the fire, listening to the sounds of the bush settle for the night. It was peaceful and, Gray had to admit, romantic. He smiled, fulfilled after a long day’s hard work, some good bush tucker and a beautiful woman by his side. He had almost worked up enough courage to kiss her when she shivered, wrapping her arms around herself.
“I’m going to sleep.” Pulling off her trainers, she climbed into her swag. “Goodnight.”
Lovely Irish lass Maggie has left Ireland to travel Australia. However, the normal tourist sites left her feeling as if she were still missing out on discovering the true Australia. When she gets invited to work on a cattle station instead of continue her meaningless travel with other tourists, she doesn't hesitate.
Well, maybe she has a doubt or two when the bus drops her off on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere and she waits in the hot sun for her friend's daughter to pick her up and take her to the cattle station. And waits. And melts. As a heat stroke settles in, she starts to question the wisdom of her spontaneous decision to skip the travel package and wander off into the bush.
Finally, a handsome, tall Aussie stops and after a bit of toying with her, he admits he's her ride. His late nonchalance riles Maggie and her Irish temper flares. When she scolds him for being so late and leaving her cooking in the hot sun he gives it right back. "If I had known you were dressed for Bondi Beach, I might have tried to get here a bit sooner."
What a rude, ungentlemanly, fellow Gray is.
Despite her initial dislike, the sexual tension between the two clearly snaps and crackles as he takes her to the family ranch, Gemfield. There she meets Gray's brother Travis and receives a warm welcome from Travis' charming wife Josephine who is in dire need of company.
The dance between Gray and Maggie begins with a great deal of misunderstandings to prevent matters from going as we want. I'll let you discover those yourself.
I once spent four months wandering about Australia, and met my fair share of Aussies along the way. CD Brennan's story is wonderfully authentic and as I read it, I kept saying 'yes' that's how they act, this is exactly how they'd respond. I thought it an incredibly engaging story from start to finish, filled with events you truly would experience if you followed in Maggie's footsteps.
The only thing I might take issue with, and I don't deduct for this in my rating of a book, is its title. While I realize the name might be appropriate on several levels once I finished it, I didn't see the relevance for a long time, so I kept forgetting the title. Even worse, I fear it might be putting people off from reading it at all.
This is a wonderful story of a young Irish girl breaking with her constrictive, pre-planned life and discovering love and life in the outback. It's full of fun, danger and misunderstandings. But be warned, reading it may make you want to go on your own Australian walkabout.
I highly recommend this book, giving it 5 stars because it's authentic, engaging, uplifting, and made my day better for reading it.
I won this book on a blog one day.
Turned out to be a great win for me.
Having traveled and lived all over the world, Cd Brennan now talks with a strange accent, a mix of distant terminology, a blend of culturally cute but confusing euphemisms that leaves everyone looking at her with a blank stare. Luckily, her Australian husband (who she met in Ireland) and her two Aussie/Yankee sons have no problem understanding her – well, except for the word “NO”.
Now settled back “home” in Michigan, she enjoys reliving her glory days by writing about them. She considers the last fifteen years abroad the perfect research for her Love Where You Roam series; matchmaking women and men from different cultures, even different hemispheres, helping them find their true one across oceans of difference.
As destiny plays a hand in all the stories, Cd Brennan truly believes that what is for you, won’t pass you by. She hopes to inspire others to get out there: “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” [Mark Twain] And of course, fall in love.
Get in touch with her at www.cdbrennan.com