Red Dirt Duchess
by Louise Reynolds
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 204 pages
Available from: Amazon
When English society playboy Jonathan Hartley-Huntley is sent to outback
Australia after a disastrous affair with his editor, all he wants is to take a
few pictures, do a quick interview and get back to his usual life of luxury as
soon as possible. Until he meets his host, the irresistible Charlie Hughes, and
suddenly the back of beyond is a lot more appealing.
Running the pub is a labour of love for Charlie and she has no desire to ever
leave the tiny town of Bindundilly. That is, until Jon discovers an old painting
that raises questions about both their lives. Charlie impulsively decides to
follow him to London, and as the feelings between them begin to deepen, she
starts to wonder if there's more to life than the pub. But at Jon's family home,
the magnificent Hartley Hall, they become acutely aware of the differences
between them, and it soon seems clear they have no future together – especially
if Jon's mother has her way.
Family and tradition threaten the course of true love in this warm and witty
novel from the author of Outback Bride and Her Italian
Red Dirt Duchess by Louise Reynolds
Can the stiff upper lip, or in this case sneer of the English aristocracy handle the down-to-earth, stark frankness and sparkle of a young woman from the Australian outback when she enters their lives unexpectedly rocking their ever-so-proper world in more ways than one? Little did Jonathan know when he landed in the tiny town of Bindundilly on an assignment designed to ruffle his feathers that the feisty Charlie steal a piece of his heart at a time he is supposed to be finding a proper mate to carry on the Hartley-Huntley name, a duty that has fallen to him when his older brother proved sterile.
Charlie’s late father was an avid painter, whose work has become part of Jonathan’s assignment, but there is more to the late recluse than meets the eye, who would think one of his paintings would sit on a wall in the Hartley-Huntley estate for years, haunting Jon with just a look? Is it Fate or coincidence that brings these two opposites together? Shocking revelations about the artist will definitely change lives, but will it be for the better?
A quick read with a full complement of twists and turns, Red Dirt Duchess by Louise Reynolds is a light read that has a sprinkle of romance, wonderfully defined characters and an ending that made me smile. Charlie is full of strength, life and love while Jonathan is seems to be caught between living his own life and living the life his stodgy family has mapped out for him, all because they are in financial ruin and must keep up pretenses in their polished and joyless world. Louis Reynolds puts it all out there, highlighting the highs and lows, then tosses out a few left-field revelations that will make you smile, have you shaking your head and most definitely making you pump fists for Charlie. As likable as Charlie is, I have to say, Jonathan and his family take some getting used to. You have to love a young “commoner” who can take down the aristocracy with style! A fun read that moves along quickly, take it to the beach!
I received this ARC edition from Destiny Romance in exchange for my honest review.