18 May 2014

All Quiet on the Western Plains Tour Stop!

English nurse Fleur Armitage wants to escape all reminders of the Great War, which killed family, friends and patients - by living as far from its reminders as possible - in outback Queensland. Jack Edgarson is a war hero, pastoralist and damaged man. Suffering from nightmares and sleep walking, he fears he may harm someone, so lives in isolation. Through a chance meeting, their lives become entangled. They come to share a love of the wide western plains, but dare they love each other?

This isn’t my normal romance genre, but I was drawn to the post WWI era of the book as well as the setting.  I’m really glad I took a chance on this one, because it was a great read.
Fleur served as a nurse in World War I.  Jack was a soldier.  Both carry scars from the war.  Jack hides himself away from the world, worried that his nightmares and sleep walking will cause harm to another.  Fleur looks to escape the memories of the war, so she takes a job in the outback of Queensland.  Fate brings them together and Jack ends up helping Fleur.  She tracks him down and completely turns his life upside down.  But, will each be able to lower their defenses enough to see they are perfect for one another, and can help each other heal from their war wounds?
At its core, this is one of those epic love stories.  I loved the setting, the characters and beauty of the healing that takes place between Jack and Fleur.  It’s not a long story, about 75 pages, and I found myself really wishing there was more, because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the people contained within the pages when it was all over.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a complete and well done story, but I loved Jack and Fleur and would have just liked more of their story.
I think this is the kind of story that hooks people into reading romance in the first place.  There are no gimmicks with this story; it is just a tale of pure romance.  I appreciated that and would definitely recommend this book.  4 stars.
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Isabella Hargreaves is an Australian author of historical romances. While growing up in Brisbane, she read historical fact and fiction, but that wasn’t enough, so she became a historian and spends every work day researching and writing about people, places and events from the past. Now she combines her love of history and romance in writing historical romances. Recently, Steam eReads published her prize-winning, Regency historical novel, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody. Since then it has been short-listed in the ‘Favourite Historical Romance’ category of the Australian Romance Readers Awards.
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