Book Review: Something Like This by Karly Lane
Tilly Hollis resides in the township of Ben Tirran, which is nestled in the New England mountains in New South Wales. She works hard in order to fulfill her dream career - opening an equine therapy program. Her husband David shared her dream but sadly he passed away a few years earlier, leaving Tilly to make a crack at it on her own.
Jason Weaver was in the army in the Middle East, but after an explosion that left him with the loss of part of his leg, he makes the choice to head to Ben Tirran as a builder in an attempt to adjust back to the civilian world.
One day Jason enters the cafe where Tilly works, and the two feel an instant connection. And when they discover that they are neighbours, it brings them even closer. Jason offers to help set up the area for the Guy Fawkes brumbies, the horses that Tilly is using in the therapy program.
As their relationship progresses, they both address certain issues that they are faced with, and try to accept that the past cannot be changed. Topics of grief and loneliness are touched upon in a sensitive way in this rural romance novel, and the characters show strength, courage and endurance.
It was interesting to read about the Guy Fawkes brumbies; this breed of wild horse are descendants of the horses used in World War One, and have a very interesting history. Karly's passion for these beautiful animals is clearly evident in Something Like This.
Available now through Allen & Unwin Australia, RRP $29.99