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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Tash has a successful online food channel. She loved living in the city, but to write her new cookbook she goes back to her countryside roots. Returning to the family farm will be invigorating as well as difficult. It means Tash will see her friend Maddy again. Maddy and Tash used to be best friends, but they had an argument and before they could set things straight Maddy had an accident that left her gravely injured. Maddy can no longer respond to anything that's being said to her, so there's no chance to ever talk and reconcile. Will Tash be able to cope with behaving like a friend when she no longer knows if Maddy would still see her that way?

Patrick and Maddy were engaged when the accident happens. Even though Maddy is no longer capable to have contact, Patrick has made her a promise and he intends to keep it. He's desperate because of his loss and his inability to let Maddy go and move on. Food heals a lot of wounds and Tash's cooking slowly makes him feel more alive again. Her bubbly and enthusiastic attitude are making it impossible for Patrick to stay gloomy when he's near her and slowly his heart starts to thaw. However, he still feels he should remain bound to Maddy. Even though she would probably want him to move on and be loved again. Will Tash be able to help Patrick grasp his second chance at happiness?

The Country Girl is a wonderful heartwarming story. I immediately loved Tash, she is cheerful, positive and sweet. She loves sharing her food and that is why her brand is so popular. Her videos are going viral and everyone likes the beautiful kindhearted country girl. Being back home inspires Tash's creativity, but it also brings back problems she could leave behind when she was in the city. She misses her friendship with Maddy and has to live with the fact she can't make things right. She might not be able to reach Maddy, but she can do something for Patrick. He's depressed, lonely and desolate. Maddy was his entire life and he doesn't know how to live without her. Tash's caring nature and delicious cooking are making it possible for him to slowly start over again. This was such a beautiful moving process to watch.

Cathryn Hein has written an impressive story. I loved how she combines the emotional part of Maddy's accident and the grief her loved ones are suffering from because of it, with delicious food and a gorgeous love story. The Country Girl has plenty of fantastic layers and they're all equally interesting. Cathryn Hein's thorough and vivid descriptions of Tash's world are making her story come to life in a mesmerizing way. The Country Girl is captivating, romantic, touching, thought-provoking and delightful. I really loved this amazing book.

Advice

If you love countryside romance and like emotional stories about second chances The Country Girl would be a perfect choice.

About Cathryn Hein


A South Australian country girl by birth, Cathryn loves nothing more than a rugged rural hero who’s as good with his heart as he is with his hands, which is probably why she writes them! Her romances are warm and emotional, and feature themes that don’t flinch from the tougher side of life but are often happily tempered by the antics of naughty animals. Her aim is to make you smile, sigh, and perhaps sniffle a little, but most of all feel wonderful.

From debut release Cathryn has been a multiple finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and the 2014 awards also saw her in contention for Favourite Australian Romance Author. April’s Rainbow is her seventh rural romance, with more to come. She also plans to add more romantic adventures in the vein of The French Prize to readers’ bookshelves.

Cathryn currently lives at the base of the Blue Mountains in Sydney’s far west with her partner of many years, Jim. When she’s not writing, she plays golf (ineptly), cooks (well), and in football season barracks (rowdily) for her beloved Sydney Swans AFL team.

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein.

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48 comments:

  1. The Country Girl sounds like a beautifully written, moving and uplifting rural romance with food playing an important role in the story.

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    1. Thanks Solange. Yes food does play a significant role in the story. Tash's cooking reflects her generous heart, which makes it very hard for Patrick to resist either!

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  2. this look really interesting and absorbing xx

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    1. I like to think so, Ruth, but I'm horribly biased!

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  3. Sounds like a beautiful angsty story, can't wait to read the book.
    Lovely review as always.

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  4. Sounds like an interesting novel, I do enjoy a nice, heartwarming novel.

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    1. The Country Girl is definitely a heartwarmer,o Elizamatt. Well, I think so!

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  5. So excited to meet an Australian author!! :D I'm NOT good at cooking, haha, but I do love to eat. ;) I love the warm, emotional and big-hearted sound of this book. Have a wonderful 2018!!:D xx

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    1. Waving madly at you, Mary! Best wishes to you in 2018 too.

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  6. It sounds like a lovely, down to earth story.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it, Judy.

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  7. An Australian rural story, they don't come better than that . Thanks for sharing

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    1. It's a terrific genre, isn't it, Lesley? Love our country tales.

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  8. I adore country/rural romance. Being an avid fan of Nicki Edwards, I'm right into it these days. All your books are beautiful Cathryn, and I'm looking forward to reading this latest one very much ������

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    1. Thank you so much, Josephine-Anne. Wishing you a magical time with Tash, Patrick, Pa and the gang.

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  9. What a fabulous book from a fantastic author. :)

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  10. Sounds like a great read - thanks

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  11. Hi everyone! Sorry I'm late replying. I've been moving house and life has been a bit (LOT) chaotic.
    Thank you so, so much, Suze, for your gorgeous review of The Country Girl. Thrilled to bits that you enjoyed it.

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    1. It's a special landscape, Leila. Lush and very pretty, and growing wonderful produce. Perfect for Tash!

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  13. Beautiful cover and the blurb really intruiqes me. Amazing.

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    1. Isn't the cover gorgeous, Irma? I was so thrilled when the publisher showed me. I hope you get a chance to read Tash and Patrick's story.

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  14. I hope Tash is able to repair those past relationships.

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    1. She's a special girl, Jana. If anyone can make things right it's Tash. Mind you, it won't be easy!

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  15. Oh this sounds like such a heartwarming read! I cannot wait to read and follow along with her and see how things turn out!

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    1. Thanks Laura. Being a romance, you're guaranteed a happy ending but there'll be lots of hurdles to jump first. But they're what makes things fun!

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  16. This sounds like a big hot chocolate kind of book. Don't know if that makes sense to anyone else, but it does to me!

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    1. What a brilliant description!!! And perfect for Tash too. Thanks Angela. That's great.

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  17. This sounds like just my sort of book xx

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  18. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  19. I think I need tissues after reading this kind of book!

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    1. Probably, but it'll be a feel-good kind of crying, Jolanda!

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  20. This looks like a good book to read when I'm on holiday, fingers crossed

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    1. Ooh, yes. A lovely holiday read, Michelle. But I would say that! #biased

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  21. Love the sound of this. Not a huge cook but do love novels that have a theme around food (among others of course). Sounds a great book of heat-break but heart-warming at the same time.

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read it, Tracy.

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  22. At last, another Cathryn! I wish you well in all your endeavours!

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