Renee Conoulty: Standing Strong by Fiona McCallum


Sunday, 20 March 2016

Standing Strong by Fiona McCallum

The sequel to the much-loved Wattle Creek.

Former city girl Jacqueline Havelock, Wattle Creek’s newly arrived psychologist, has settled in to country life and is slowly coming to terms with the town’s quirky ways. Farmer Damien McAllister’s plans with his animal welfare venture are falling into place nicely and it finally feels like he has a future to look forward to.

But everything can change as quickly as the fickle weather – and it does. A fire challenges the community and soon Damien and Jacqueline find themselves in a situation neither had anticipated. But is their growing relationship also under threat?

Although the town comes out in support of their newest resident, is the Wattle Creek community strong enough to stand together and win this David and Goliath battle? And could happily-ever-after still be possible for Damien and Jacqueline?

Hey! Here's my review.

I haven't read Wattle Creek, but I can only assume it would be the story of Jacqueline and Damien falling in love. This is the sequel and picks up where the previous book left off - a very new relationship between Jacqueline and Damien. No smooth sailing from here though. There is enough background information given that I was able to follow and enjoy the story, but if you have the chance, I'd recommend reading Wattle Creek first.

I enjoyed the alternating POV between Jacqueline and Damien, going through the ups and downs of getting their prospective businesses off the ground. I got quite emotionally involved at times and got all choked up more than once. I loved Auntie Ethel and all the animals. It read more like women's fiction than romance, focussing on building friendships and rural life.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 


  • Where; NetGalley
  • Format: ebook

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