Thursday, 18 August 2016

Book Review - The Wild One by Janet Gover - Booklympics - #20BooksofSummer

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Title:  The Wild One
Author: Janet Gover
Format reviewed:  Paperback
Source: Christmas present
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Date: 6th November 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Can four wounded souls find love?
Iraq war veteran Dan Mitchell once disobeyed an order - and it nearly destroyed him. Now a national park ranger in the Australian outback, he's faced with another order he is unwilling to obey ...

Photographer Rachel Quinn seeks out beauty in unlikely places. Her work comforted Dan in his darkest days. But Quinn knows darkness too - and Dan soon realises she needs his help as much as he needs hers.

Carrie Bryant was a talented jockey until a racing accident broke her nerve. Now Dan and Quinn need her expertise, but can she face her fear? And could horse breeder Justin Fraser, a man fighting to save his own heritage, be the one to help put that fear to rest?

Sometimes, the wounds you can't see are the hardest to heal...

I knew after reading Christmas at Coorah Creek that it was a location that I would be destined to return to, being such a remote town in the Australian Outback, and so in an unusual move from me I have gone back to read book 2 of the series, after already reading book 3. I rarely go backwards in a series, but this was definitely worth it. 

And what a return to Coorah Creek it was, there are some recurring characters in this series, but the focal point does change around. This time there were four people that the story centred around, as well as the rest of the town putting in appearances. 

Dan Mitchell is the park ranger at a National Park, he is a war veteran but once disobeyed an order, and now he is on the verge of disobeying again. However in both cases he knows the orders don't fit with his own moral code. 

Quinn is a photographer who has made it to Coorah Creek, and is instrumental in helping Dan come to some decisions, especially about the wild brumbies (horses) in the national park. 

Carrie Bryant was a talented jockey, until a bad accident has left its mark on her, and she along with horse trainer Justin, need to help Dan with the horses. 

A large amount of the book is set in the outback, in this national park, and the close up descriptions of the Brumbies made me feel as though I was alongside them at the billabong. And as you may expect when four people get together and spend large amounts of time sharing an intense experience there are flickerings of romance. 

There is an intensity to Janet Gover's writing that draws you directly into the drama unfolding, and made it so that I was thinking about  the Brumbies throughout the day at work, after reading some more of the book during my lunch break. 

As a lover of horses, and of different locations in books from the norm, The Wild One hits all the right spots with me, along with a fantastic storyline, some great characters and a need to keep turning the pages in the hope that it all works itself out. 

1 comment:

  1. Fab review! Well done, Janet! Thanks for sharing, Rachel! :) XX


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