Friday, 23 December 2016

Beauty & Lace Book Review:
Walking The Line - Mandy Magro 

Walking The Line is the latest book by Mandy Magro, and is ideal for those who enjoy rural romance.
Charlize Dawson is a city girl who is currently separated from her husband Alistair, after discovering that he cheated on her. 
Charlize is a fashion columnist, and her boss is a friend of the family from way back. He offers her a story that could potentially see Charlize get promoted to managing editor, a role which she would relish. 
But she will need to spend a week in Rollingstone Ridge, a rural property in the town of Grenfell, NSW, where cowboy Dallas Armstrong resides, with his mother and his grandfather. 
Dallas is a professional bull rider and will be featured in an upcoming nude calendar to raise funds for drought victims, and it will be Charlize's job to interview him about it.

After a few hiccups along the way, Charlize arrives at the property and is welcomed warmly by Katherine, Dallas's mother. Katherine is such a likeable character; definitely one of my favourites throughout the story.
Katherine is grieving the death of her husband Mick, who was involved in a car accident only months ago. 
But there are secrets to be uncovered about Mick's past, which really kept me intrigued.

Charlize and Dallas are attracted to each other from very early on in the story, and whilst it was possible to foretell, it didn't dampen my reading experience as I liked the chemistry between them. 
I also got a sense of what rural living might feel like, with people willing to help at the drop of a hat in a tightly knitted community.

As the story progresses, we discover that Charlize has regrets about her marriage, and wonders if she ever loved Alistair at all. 
Her relationship with Dallas blossoms rapidly and she finds herself enjoying his company more and more. It did feel as though their relationship was a little rushed at times, but I felt that both these characters deserved happiness, so it was nice that they find that in each other.

My only small issue I had was that a couple of scenes felt a little unauthentic, and went against what I believed the character would typically do in that situation, but overall, this is a pretty good read, especially if you enjoy the rural romance genre. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of Walking The Line for reviewing purposes thanks to Beauty & Lace and Harlequin Mira. To read the original review on the Beauty & Lace website, head here

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