After seventeen years serving in the Australian Army, Ash returns to his childhood home in the outback town of Quorn. Filled with the desire to live a happy life in peace and with loved ones, Ash is grimly determined to beat his PTSD and tackle his flashbacks. What he wasn’t expecting was how much the small outback town has changed and the new people who’ve made it their home.
Jaxon is the town’s new librarian, and he happens to be gay. With a calm, gentle, and kind demeanor, he’s like a rock for Ash’s battered psyche and Ash finds himself falling fast. Jaxon dreams of starting a mobile library called “Book, Line, and Sinker” that will bring books and entertainment to the remote communities in other areas of the outback, and Ash finds himself helping him every step of the way. Can Jaxon’s love help Ash overcome his PTSD and stand on his own?
This story is set in the Australian outback and the author’s love of this region comes shining through in the vivid descriptions that allow readers to easily imagine themselves there in the background watching these characters. Honestly, it was perfect – if not too perfect. I was ready to pack my bag and head off to this wonderful little town where everyone is welcoming and accepting.
On a scale of one to ten, this story probably rates around a two or a three for angst. What little there is in the story is quickly and easily resolved. Some of you are going to love this, others of you are going to be more like me and think that it is somewhat on the lackluster side. Honestly, the bulk of the drama in this story revolves around Ash’s PTSD, and while it was somewhat interesting with how he tries to deal with it, I kept waiting for something more.
Overall, if you are a fan of a sweet, instant love story with a feel good feeling from start to finish, you may want to check this book out.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.