Here’s a bookish confession – sometimes if publishers send me books unsolicited I just can’t get around to reading them. In fact, almost all of the books I read and share here are titles I have specifically requested on account of being pretty sure I’ll like them. Lonely in Longreach by Eva Scott was one of these unsolicited books – it was sent to me by the publisher ahead of the release date and I just wasn’t sure I would be able to fit it in. Then I started seeing some reviews for it around and thinking perhaps I could manage it, and today I picked it up on a whim. Well. I am only 5 chapters in so far, but this is shaping up to be an utterly charming read that think I’m really going to enjoy!
Here’s the synopis…
In the red heart of Queensland, two teenagers playing matchmaker are about to turn more than one life upside-down.
Widower Sam Costello has no time for love. When he’s not working on his farm, he’s trying to figure out how to connect with his teenage son Levi.
But Levi is about to finish high school, and he has big plans to move to Sydney for university with his best friend Maddie. If only he didn’t feel so guilty about abandoning his dad. Maddie has her own reasons for wanting to go to Sydney and she’s not going to let Levi’s dad ruin her future happiness. Mr Costello needs a girlfriend and, with her talent for matchmaking, Maddie is the girl to make it happen. By the time Mr C figures out what she’s done, surely he’ll be too in love to be angry.
Journalist Sarah Lewis has a good job, a nice boyfriend and a safe life in Sydney. Though sometimes she wonders if life has more to offer than nice and safe. When she starts working on an article about finding love in the outback she finds herself asking whether journalists should become this invested in their research. But there’s just something about Lonely in Longreach. Could it be that the man behind the dating profile is the key to the passion she has been looking for?
In case you can’t tell from the info in the synopsis, this is kind of like Farmer Wants a Wife meets Sleepless in Seattle, and I think I’m here for it!
The journalist aspect of Sarah’s story has a real romcom feel to it that I am also into (this is becoming one of my favourite romcom movie tropes!), so I’m super keen to see how this all turns out – and if it ends up being as fun and charming as it feels so far!