Rosalee Station by Mandy Magro

‘Summer in Mareeba was close to unbearable at times.’

I was looking for a novel set in Queensland and picked up this book. I was in the mood for something light, and this rural romance fitted the bill.

Sarah Clarke travels from Mareeba to Rosalee Station with her boyfriend Brad. Sarah will work as a cook and is looking forward to it. But within days, her relationship with Brad is over. Sarah decides to stay, and then realises that she is attracted to Matt (the station owners’ son). Sigh. Matt is already in a relationship, but he does not seem happy.

What happens, dear reader, is inevitable but it takes a while. A few twists, a surfeit of similes and a touch of tragedy combined with some evocative description of the countryside and a glimpse of life on a station in remote Queensland.

If you enjoy Australian rural romance, then Ms Magro’s novels may well suit.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith