The Long Paddock
Publisher :Harlequin Books Australia
Source : Netgalley
Release Date : February 1st 2017
A captivating love story about community and second chances.
Country-girl Cressida Knight fills her days with her farm, a mischievous pet bull called Reggie and her volunteer emergency services work. The busier she keeps, the less she thinks about the cowboy who left her behind. She’s convinced the small-town Woodlea grapevine that she’s moved on, but now it’s time to move on for real.
Champion bull rider Denham Rigby shares Cressy’s deep love for the land and all he’s ever wanted was to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Cressy through life. But three years ago a dark family secret left him no choice but to run. Now family duty gives him no choice but to return to the bush.
What Denham hasn’t come home to do is to hurt Cressy by rekindling their relationship. He’s nothing but a liability and the beautiful, self-reliant cowgirl has to stay off limits. But when faced with Cressy’s desperation to save her drought-stricken farm, he can’t keep his distance. He joins her out droving on the long paddock. Then when Woodlea is hit by more than just rodeo fever, they are further thrown together and Denham loses the battle to lock down his emotions.
But has he left it too late to stop running? And will the woman he’s always loved be prepared to risk her heart for a second time?
The Long Paddock is the typical rural romance that has become bread and butter in my reading repertoire. So when I picked up Callen’s latest one , I knew I was in for a treat. A second chance story which always work in favour for me . The Long Paddock tells the story of Cressida ‘ Cressy’ and Denham sweethearts whose families have lived on neighbouring properties for years. Everything was perfect in their lives and they lived for their farms
Until three years ago when Denham bought a one way ticket to Montana and never looked back at the small town he lived and breathe, determined to become a champion bull rider . The devastation affecting his family clouded everything else . Leaving Cressy behind wondering why and how to fix what was broken .
Cressy has moved on and now she fights for her farm trying desperately to make a go of the drought conditions which is affecting her property with sheer determination. All she needs Reggie, her sister and her best friend.
However Claremont has come calling for its favourite son in its time of need and Denham has returned determined to fix things for the property. Nothing else, the ache is still there for Cressy but with the family secrets will he be able reclaim it all including Cressy who wants him back but is torned
The small town of Woodlea could be anywhere but I loved the setting and the rich history that she created . Callen got it perfect, the characters and the problems. It was the perfect foil for the story of Cressy, Denham and the others. I loved she didn’t just focused on them but weaved other problems caused by the drought and the couple to the story. It made for a rich powerful story that touches to close to the problems that small communities are facing Callen blurred the lines of reality here with her personal experience and it made for more richer experience.
This may be my first Callen book but it wont’ be the last