We all know I love a sweet snowy Christmas romance, but there is special place in my heart for Christmas stories set in our Australian summer. I really enjoyed the festive collection of short Aussie romance stories Harlequin released last year (A Very Country Christmas – you can check out my review here), so I was thrilled to see they were releasing a new one this year.
Our Country Christmas is a collection of five Australian Christmas stories – I haven’t read them all yet but have loved what I’ve read so far! Here’s the description from the website:
1889. To save his drought-stricken farm, Shep Miller is droving his remaining cattle in a desperate bid to reach the last sale before Christmas. Widow Jenny Wickley is glad to take in his two children, hoping to help the neighbour she has long admired. But when peculiar swaggies turn up with a touch of magic, a mystery is uncovered that will put all their lives in danger. Will the drover make it home in time?
The Six Rules of Christmas by Penelope Janu
Picking up the reins of her father’s law practice, Ariella Blake has made a place for herself in small-town Warrandale. But when stand-in farrier Jack Adamson blows in for the holidays, with his good looks and infuriating evasiveness, he challenges her to embrace the rules of Christmas. Step by step, will Christmas – and Jack – get under her skin?
Newborn Baby for Christmas by Fiona Lowe
Georgie and Hamish have been best friends forever. So Hamish can’t refuse when Georgie asks him for the Christmas present she’s spent her whole life waiting for – a baby! But seeing a very pregnant Georgie changes everything. Not only is Hamish going to be a father, suddenly he’s falling for the mother of his child…
A Tale of Three Christmases by Eva Scott
Turning her small farm into a B&B seems the perfect way for Lexie to make ends meet after the death of her husband. Not having to face Christmas alone is a bonus. But when attractive businessman Geoff arrives, everything she thought she needed changes. Can strangers from different worlds find lasting love? Or does fate have surprising plans?
The Christmas Wish by Jacquie Underdown
Returning home, schoolteacher Brielle hopes a quiet Christmas will quash the ever-present feeling that she no longer belongs anywhere. For single dad Luke, romance is off the agenda – no matter how appealing his one-time antagonist Brielle has become. It’s not only his heart that’s at risk – it’s that of his young daughter too. But after a Christmas wish is cast, the spirit of Christmas conspires to create some holiday magic.
Thanks so much to the team at Harlequin (Harper Collins) for sending me a copy of this one! One of the things I love about these collections is that they give me a taste of a bunch of authors I might not have read before – reading Darry Fraser’s story in here has made me even more excited to read her new novel The Widow of Ballarat!