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review 2017-09-14 12:15
Not Fiona McCallum's best, but still might appeal to horsey people who don't mind reading about characters that are annoying and downright unlikable.
Leap of Faith - Fiona Mccallum

This is the third Fiona McCallum book I've read, and the second one I've rated two stars. There's one main reason this book tanked in my opinion. 

Apologies in advance for the tirade below:

Jessica, the main character, is a self-centred, immature and selfish adult-child. The constant inane babbling of her inner thoughts drove me batty, and her complete inability to think about anyone outside of herself left me wanting to wring her scrawny neck. 

Add to this continued form of abuse to the reader, Jessica's incapacity to put basic symptoms of pregnancy together after the reader was subjected to copious PG-rated coitus between Jessica and Steve, her rough-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside husband, and you're left wondering how this TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) character even made it to adulthood. 

Considering the amount of inner dialogue the reader is subjected to, Jessica's character has very little character growth, the one tiny speck of change really didn't warrant the 220 pages of torment within the covers. What's with that?! Really? Are there people like this in the world?

This book gets added to my swear-tastic shelf, not because it has a lot of vulgar language in it (there is a little, it's fairly light on), but instead it's added because of the quantity of vulgar language it elicited from me as I read it.

The ONLY reasons this book gets 2 stars instead of 1, is Laurel and Hardy, the farm dogs who were adorable, and the Plain-Jane-but-not-really, Faith. The little filly, Faith, is a welcome piece of sunshine and amusement to the book. If only we'd spent more time in her mind and less in Jessica's. 

I was left thinking:

Throw it in a dumpster, burn it

Not Fiona McCallum's best, but still might appeal to horsey people who don't mind reading about characters that are annoying and downright unlikable.

**Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the Publisher in return for an honest review**

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review 2016-08-09 02:16
4* Quick Book Review of Wattle Creek by Fiona McCallum
Standing Strong - Fiona McCallum,Jennifer Vuletic,Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Wattle CreekWattle Creek by Fiona McCallum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Always love an Aussie read (or listen). The narrator was fabulous and the interpretations of each character was fun to listen to. Wattle Creek sounds like the typical Australian small town with gossip mongers galore and drama around every corner.

Shows the fantastic community support of small towns and how they pull together when somebody's in need.

Can't wait to read the sequel, Standing Strong.

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review 2014-12-08 00:31
It's just a sequel...
Time Will Tell - Fiona McCallum

Time Will Tell is book #2 in Fiona McCallum's Button Jar Series. After a reasonable story in book #1 I wanted to know what was going to happen to Emily...

Ultimately, this book was too repetitive (how many times did we have to be reminded about John, about Nathan, about Enid?). The plot twists were glaringly obvious, the subtle hints were as subtle as a sledge hammer.

I really started hating Emily in this one, her moodiness and stupidity were so bad I wanted to throttle her.

Add to that, the 'country bumpkin-ness' sign she places upon her head as soon as she left Wattle Creek, it almost made me want to puke.

Overall, this was very much a 'sequel'. Not a great deal of importance happens in this one, everything is internally focussed on Emily and her inability to make the right decisions, even the most basic ones.

Having said that, I still found the book easy to read - I read the whole thing in one day and at some point in the future I will probably buy the third book in the series just to see how it all pans out, but I'm not in any great rush.

The saving parts of this book were Grace (the Border Collie pup) and Jake, I also liked Simone's character too.

There were a number of small typos and grammar issues - but as this was an ARC they may have been picked up before publication.

**Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the Publisher in return for an honest review**

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review 2014-11-16 00:21
A story about survival
Saving Grace (The Button Jar series #1) - Fiona McCallum
Saving Grace is a story about survival. Surviving a bad marriage, surviving small country town gossip and surviving making a new life on your own two feet.

Emily Oliphant was a bit of a Mary Sue, in that she tried to be the 'perfect wife' the 'perfect daughter' and the 'perfect host'. Her naivety was laughable at times, her simple ideals sometimes frustrating and at others cring-worthy.

I liked Barbara, David and Des, hated Enid, wasn't fussed on Nathan or Liz either.

Two winning characters shone through for me. Grace, the Border Collie, and Jake. I really liked both characters and everything they bought to the story.

Considering this book was around 400 pages, not a great deal happened. There is a lot of inner reflection, personal learning and family bickering. I think it is small country towns in a book (yep stereotyping there I know), but it had a warmth and closeness about it, that was tinged with the barely veiled threat of ostracism that occurs in said country towns.

The location was painted well, allowing the Australian outback to shine through, yet portrayed the very real issues farmers face with clarity and a no BS approach.

I did notice a couple of typos in this, which irked me to no end, but as I was given an ARC copy it is likely these could have been rectified before publication.

**Note: Harlequin provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review**


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review 2013-03-30 00:00
Saving Grace - Fiona McCallum After three years in an unhappy marriage Emily Oliphant decides to leave her husband and start over. Not an easy feat when your husband is one of the wealthiest land owners in the district, but with the help of her friend Barbara, Emily slowly begins to reclaim her independence and follows her dream.

Saving Grace is a story of new beginnings and having the strength and courage to move on when the world falls down around you. A nice light read, but the ending is left wide open for the next book in the series, making it feel unfinished.

Thanks to Harlequin Australia for the ARC.
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