The Crossroads: Pamela Cook. 4 stars

ISBN: 9780733636851
ISBN-10: 0733636853
Genre: Contemporary, Rural Fiction,
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 29th November 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
This story is about three women with life troubles; Rosie, owner of the Crossroads, a decrepit heritage listed outback hotel, is guarding a secret which she has never revealed to a single soul. A widow, she is bearing the stress of her financial worries alone. Rosie also has a dream, to travel overseas to build on her culinary skills.

Stephanie is Rosies' daughter, married to Bryce, they live on their station where they ought to be growing beef but the prolonged drought is bringing them to their knees. Bryce is depressed and withdrawn, Stephanie strives to shield their little son from the effects of his fathers depression.

Faith is a Sydney girl, she has recently lost both a job and a boyfriend. Her parents are on a cruise, they ask Faith to find some documents they need. She finds far more than she bargained for.
This discovery leads her to Birralong and the Crossroads Hotel ….

Rural romance/rural fiction is certainly not my usual genre but, despite that, I did enjoy this book. There is a reason why it is so very popular, for me there is a comfort in the formula - things go bad, things improve and then there is usually a pleasant ending to look forward to. Having said that, this story is not quite as predictable as I expected, there’s a bit of a surprise in there for us readers!

I like that this is a heartwarming story, well written and easy to read. The author did her research well, basing Birralong on the township of Hughendon in Far North Queensland, a town but three hours or so from the gorgeous Julia Creek where I lived and worked for a few months.
To those like me who do not normally read this genre I would recommend this book as a refreshing change from the sometimes disturbing world of crime fiction.
Review copy provided by Hachette Australia

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