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Imogen Bates moved to the small rural town of Gibson’s Find to start a new life for herself after the death of her husband Tired of being haunted by the painful memories of her old life Imogen set her last remaining hopes on the little town and in particular pouring her heart and savings into restoring The Majestic Hotel to its for. Opening line Are you absolutely Insane I first discovered author Rachael Johns last year when I read the first book in her Bunyip Bay series Outback Dreams Now she has finished the third one and the next one is not immediately imminent I thought I d look up some of her earlier books MAN DROUGHT is the first one I could get my hands on I was immediately struck by Johns recreation of a typical small country town in the Western Australian outback The isolation the close knit community fighting to stay alive uirky characters and the local pub as the central gathering point for the local residents Rural life is not easy and the people who live remotely are there at the whim of the elements In the case of Gibson s Find it is not only a drought but mining companies pulling out leaving the town behind Most of the women have left town to for various reasons so the arrival of a gorgeous woman who is aiming to stay around gladdens the hearts of even the oldest inhabitantMy hands down favourite character was one of the support cast Charlie the elderly barman who was sold along with the hotel and was Gibson s uncle I engaged with him from his first appearance and worried about him the whole way through I remember after one particular scene making a note that I really hoped he was going to get his happily ever after because things weren t looking too good for him It is always a joy when you can connect to a character so emotionally This is not to say I didn t like Imogen or Gibson Their romance was very believable because despite the fact neither of them was looking for a relationship as far as their heads were concerned their bodies had a different idea and hormones raced when they were near each other Johns resisted getting the two of them together straight away she allowed Imogen to get her head space right as she moved from grieving widow to woman with a hope for a future And Gibson Well Johns let him just grow up it took a while for me to warm to him but once I got him all was good There was lots of fun in the book and a lot depth to the story than just a light and fluffy romance Subplots such as a dance organised for city girls that didn t uite run according to plan an unexpected second romance and the hint of a third a baby born unexpectedly and a rain drenched drama as a person goes missing each one demonstrated how when things go bad it s all hands on deck helping out MAN DROUGHT is romantic funny and a wonderful way to unwind at the end of a busy day

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Man Drought

Roundand he won’t have anyone least of all a hot redhead from the city change a thingImogen has never been one to back down from a challenge especially when it concerns her last chance at happiness She’s determined to rebuild the pub and create a future for the little town But can she create a future for Gibson and herself too. A couple of years after the death of her husband Imogen Bates recognises she is stuck in a rut and needs a change What better way to escape the oppressive city filled with memories of her late Husband then to move to the country and buy an old run down pub With her friends believing she s lost the plot Imogen sets out on her new adventure knowing full well that it won t be a walk in the park but insistent that she can handle it What she hasn t bargained for however was the male dominated town and an increasingly attractive and simultaneously infuriating Gibson BlackAlthough set in the country the narrative itself is at the rural romance end of the scale to rural fiction and thus perfect for the converted title of Chook Lit within the genre of rural fiction The characters are playful and energetic and the story is well paced and flows easily sometimes too easily so much so that before you know it you find yourself lost in story and you ve reached the end of the bookKeeping with the genre Imogen is a feisty female protagonist who is sure to pull at the reader s heartstrings Although not perfect she is easily accepted by the reader and the town due to her charming personality and her eager need to please She is hard working and will stop at nothing to get what she feels need to be done Gibson on the other hand takes a bit time to warm up to due to his stand off nature and past experiences That said the tension between the two characters is palpable and uickly builds as the story progresses sweeping both the characters and the reader off their feet and into a whirlpool of emotion and romanceJohns use of description and setting is second to none with her writing so vivid and tangible that I almost felt as though I was watching the narrative play out before my eyes Although set in the fiction town of Gibson s Find Johns captures the very heart of rural Australia and delivers the very essence of every day life that is common throughout small towns The supporting characters were loud and created the perfect blend of society and narrative release for our main characters Charlie Gibson s beloved Grandfather was a show stealer in particular and I challenge any reader to not feel for the old man As for our leads I could sense the growing tension between our protagonists and felt each characters excitement and pain in eual measures I was so involved in the story and their lives that I was disappointed to find myself closing the book at the end That s not to say the book ends too uickly or unsatisfactory it s just I was so there with the characters that once it ended it was almost as though I had been thrown back to reality in a cruel manner and it no longer measured up If you re a fan of romance I urge you to give this book a go for you will not be disappointed Who knows you might just be like me and find yourself wishing for you very own Gibson Black to claim Read as part of my 2013 Australian Women Writers challenge Review originally posted on my blog The Never Ending Bookshelf on April 17 2013

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Mer glory But while the female starved town might be glad to see a young woman move in not everyone is happy about Imogen’s arrival Sheep and crop farmer Gibson Black once dreamed of having the kind of family his grandfather reminisces about but he’s learnt not to dream any Living in the mostly male town suits Gibson down to the g. Originally posted HEREI m going to have to admit something when this Rural Lit craze took off I wasn t so sure about it This stemmed mainly from the fact I figured there were only so many times a person could read about daughter who wants to be a sheep farmer but her father won t let her Where was the fun in that over and over I just didn t get it Fast forward a few years and the genre has expanded so much it now seems like there re endless possibilities for stories Rachael Johns Man Drought one of those books that make me excited about the genre She has taken some themes and tropes that work wonders in other genres and brought them to life in the Western Australian Outback It makes the rural setting seem fresh and new and also brings a big slice of romance to the harsh location I never uite knew where Man Drought was going to take me okay I did figure out Gibson s secret a little while before Imogen knew and the ending was so satisfying for me Not everyone needs the same things to be happy and I loved that Imogen came to that realisation Having worked through my own years behind bars but in London not the Outback I always feel a little connection to characters who work in pubs Familiarity with something always makes a book seem real and there were many things about Imogen and her gang of friends I could identify with That familiarity also extends to the Australian setting It seems I am reading and Australian books these days I don t know why that is but suspect that fiction authors here are emerging in all kinds of genres now the Australian publishing industry has finally woken up Of course no discussion about Man Drought would be complete without mentioning Charlie Gibson s eighty something grandfather is charming and kind and I felt so sorry for him in his first scene where he was flustered and embarrassed His ongoing health issues were so well written and realistically portrayed and I appreciated the way the storyline was handled As with Imogen and Gibson s romance nothing is tied up too neatly at the end It felt realistic Man Drought is for contemporary romance fans For fans of Australian set fiction For people looking for a great summer read It bridges some gaps between urban set fiction and the hugely popular rural books bringing the best of both together to make a highly readable distinctly Australian contemporary romance


10 thoughts on “Man Drought

  1. says:

    45★sImogen Bates needed a fresh start after her husband had died Her life in Perth was busy she had a lot of friends including best friends Jenna and Amy but she wasn’t happy Her love of all things rural sent her searching the small country towns east of Perth and when she found Gibson’s Find and saw the beautiful rustic old Majestic H

  2. says:

    Opening line ‘”Are you absolutely Insane?”’I first discovered author Rachael Johns last year when I read the first book in her Bunyip Bay series – Outback Dreams Now she has finished the third one and the next o

  3. says:

    I'm pretty self indulgent with my reviews I comment on what interests me about a book rather than thinking that someone might actually read my reviews You don't do you? All of which is my excuse for going off on a bit of a tangent Since chick

  4. says:

    Imogen started life in country WA but had to move back to Perth for high school The only good things about the city were her two best friends Amy and Jenna and Jaime The One and her husband After Jaime is killed during his work as a firefighter

  5. says:

    Originally posted HEREI’m going to have to admit something when this ‘Rural Lit’ craze took off I wasn’t so sure about it This stemmed mainly from the fact I figured there were only so many times a person could read about daughter who wants to be a sheep farmer but her father won’t let her Where was the fun in t

  6. says:

    As I enjoyed Jilted Rachael John's debut contemporary rural romance novel published in 2012 I have been eagerly awaiting her next release and I am pleased to report that I found Man Drought a charming and delightful readAfter her husband's death Imogen Bates decides to escape the city and begin a new life in the small Western Australian country town of Gibson's Find becoming the sole owner of The Majestic Hotel The town

  7. says:

    A couple of years after the death of her husband Imogen Bates recognises she is stuck in a rut and needs a change What better way to escape the oppressive city filled with memories of her late Husband then to move to the country and buy an old run down pub? With her friends believing she’s lost the plot Imogen sets out on her new adventure knowing full well that it won’t be a walk in the park but insistent that she can handl

  8. says:

    My ReviewIf you're a romantic at heart let's face ityou're reading the romance genre the chances are pretty good t

  9. says:

    Imogen Bates has left Perth and its city limits for rural Gibson's Find hoping for a new start after losing her husband Sh

  10. says:

    Ms Johns you've done it againAsking me to pick a favourite one of your books is like asking me to pick my favourite childMan Drought had everything I was looking for it had some romance some tension ok a whole lot of sexual tension and some honest loveable characters I really cared about

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