Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Return to the Adelaide Hills - Fiona McCallum

Return to the Adelaide Hills
Fiona McCallum
Mira, Feb 24 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778318491

In Australia Claire McIntyre’s life seems perfect as her husband Keith adores her and she him, and she has a successful career at Rockford and Associates as Client Relationship Manager to AHG Recruitment.  Everything changes when two constables arrive at her home to inform her that Keith died in a car accident.  Soon after that tragedy her father Jack is hit in the head by a horse and suffers a stroke.  Finally she loses her job.

Leaving the big city behind, a grieving Claire returns to her family ranch in Adelaide Hills to take care of her dad.  While she helps Jack with his recovery; Claire also heals due to her love for horses bringing her serenity.  Specifically she believes untrainable Paycheque has the innate ability to become a racing champion though she also has an offer to go corporate again.

This reprint of the 2011 Australian published Paycheque is an engaging second chance at life family drama with much of the fascination coming from a comparison between how shark-infested the corporate and horseracing worlds both are.  Although the storyline goes as expected, Return to Adelaide Hills is a pleasant Australian contemporary.

Harriet Klausner

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