Renee Conoulty: The Saddler Boys by Fiona Palmer


Monday, 12 October 2015

The Saddler Boys by Fiona Palmer

Schoolteacher Natalie has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead.

When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the swarm of inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing single father, Drew.

As Nat's school comes under threat of closure, and Billy's estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her life in Perth and the new community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she's really made of – and where she truly belongs.

Hey! Here's my review.

A sweet rural romance set in a tiny Western Australian town. I related well to Natalie and found her a likeable character. I particularly enjoyed the school scenes as I work in a school and also love the smell of the laminator. The plot was a little predictable, but it felt right and I was happy with how it all turned out. I work with children with additional needs and I love meeting characters with additional needs and seeing them portrayed in a positive light.

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I've read by Fiona Palmer and I'll definitely read more of her work.

  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook
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  1. This sounds like a great contemporary novel that I would be interested in! I think I may add it to my TBR!

    Jamie @ Books and Ladders

    1. It was a great read. I hope you enjoy it too.