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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Elsa's Stand (Outback Brides Book 3) by Cathryn Hein - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Elsa is a business owner in Wirralong. She’s a hairdresser, making most of her profit through weddings. Elsa’s shop is busy and when Jack enters for the first time, she doesn’t have room on her schedule to help him. He needs an emergency cut and uses her equipment instead. The next time Jack walks into her shop Elsa makes sure she does have a moment for him. Jack doesn’t have any friends in Wirralong and he’s completely alone and Elsa would love to change that. Will she be able to get him out of his shell and show him that not everyone wants him to leave town because they dislike his father?

Jack has made his fortune mining opals. His mother passed on this passion for gems and Jack has made finding precious stones his life work. He leaves his mine behind to stay in Wirralong after the sudden death of his mother. It doesn’t feel like home, but Elsa’s there and she’s the woman of his dreams. Jack is afraid his bad reputation will harm Elsa’s business, but the woman is stubborn and only sees his kindness. Will he be brave enough to give her a chance or will prejudice and gossip chase Jack out of Wirralong once more?

Elsa’s Stand is a beautiful love story. Both Elsa and Jack are very special. They’ve got big hearts and are sweet and generous. Their love is truly wonderful. They’re soul mates and it’s clear they belong with each other. I love it when a connection between two main characters runs so deep and really enjoyed reading about these terrific main characters. Elsa and Jack have many problems to deal with and the obstacles they have on their way are often tough to overcome, so finding out if they’d have a chance to be happy together kept me on the edge of my seat. 

I'm a big fan of small town romance and Cathryn Hein knows how to make a community feel real. She has written an amazing intense love story. I loved her gorgeous pure descriptions of each emotion she writes about, it makes her story come to life in a fantastic way. Elsa’s Stand is passionate, moving and heartwarming. I absolutely adored this fantastic gem of a romantic story, it melted my heart and the fabulous feelgood vibe it's given me will stay with me for a long time.


If you love small town romance you don't want to miss Elsa's Stand. It's the third book in the Outback Brides series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

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.



One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Elsa's Stand (Outback Brides Book 3) by Cathryn Hein.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Elsa's Stand sounds like a wonderful friends-to-lovers story and a great addition to the Outback Brides series.

  2. Cathryn is an author that I enjoy reading 💞

  3. The covers in this series are stunning.Great choice :)

  4. This novel sounds like a lovely small town romance that is very well written.

  5. Sounds like a fantastic book set in a stunning backdrop - can't wait to read!

  6. Elsa's Stand sounds like an awesome story. Great cover choice.

  7. Yes, I enjoy a "rugged rural hero" too.

  8. I love books whose characters love animals!

  9. Elsa who has a hair salon and she befriends Jack and then makes time for the relationship. It looks like a sweet romance.

  10. I'd like to see how Elsa & Jack's relationship grows.

  11. Love the covers! So excited to read it.

  12. This book sounds right up my street!

  13. looks like a really great book! thank you for the review!

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

  15. I love the cover! Thank you for the chance :)