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New Release Book Review: Home Sweet Home by Mandy Magro

Title: Home Sweet Home

Author: Mandy Magro

Published: October 28th 2020

Publisher: Mira – AU

Pages: 352

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

RRP: $29.99

Rating: 4 stars

Set in the heart of the Australian countryside comes a gorgeous romance about the power of fate from bestselling author Mandy Magro.

What happens when fate gets a little helping hand?

Sienna Lewis knows firsthand about being an Aussie battler, but she has her beautiful daughter, Zara, to keep fighting for. One day she dreams of giving Zara the life and big family she deserves. For now, Sienna can only focus on her work at the hospital. But when she connects with a new patient who has driven away nearly everyone in his life, she is astounded when he leaves her his sprawling Far-North Queensland property.

Mason King has worked tirelessly to follow in the footsteps of his beloved cattleman neighbour, Max, by raising ethically farmed cattle – despite the stream of disapproval from his old-fashioned father. Little does he know that Max, having seen sparks fly between Mason and Sienna, has set up his own plan to bring Sienna to town.

As new neighbours, Mason and Sienna discover they cherish similar things in life and are drawn to each other. Although, there’s a secret between them that could ruin everything… When all seems lost, will fate then have another twist in store for them?

Review:

Seasoned Australian rural romance novelist Mandy Magro gifts her readers with another genuine read told from the heart. Home Sweet Home is a gentle story of love, loss, heartbreak, hope, endurance, compassion and chance possibilities. All set to a classic Aussie rural backdrop, Home Sweet Home considers where true happiness and comfort can be found.

A story of fate and faith, Home Sweet Home follows the emotional life journey of Sienna Lewis. A woman of courage, determination and a fighting spirit, Sienna and her daughter have managed to overcome adversity. Sienna knows life is tough, but she dearly wants to improve her circumstances. Sienna is a special soul, who manages to touch those she comes into contact with. When Sienna bonds with a rather difficult patient at the hospital where she works, she is shocked to receive a helping hand from this unlikely friend. To her complete surprise, Sienna is gifted a property in Far North Queensland. The big move to this country retreat brings Sienna into the arms of a lonely cattleman named Mason from the property next door. But with secrets, reservations and loss dividing these two lost souls, can Mason and Sienna find a way to accept the love they both have to offer one another?

With a soul-deep love for accurately portraying the rural way of life in Australia, author Mandy Magro uses her strong romantic heart to build another highly engaging story brimming with love. With sixteen titles to her name, Mandy Magro is a popular Australian author who has a supportive fan base. Home Sweet Home is title that will appeal to established Mandy Magro fans and those who are enjoy the rural romance genre.

Mandy Magro sure knows how to pull at the heartstrings! Yet again I was overwhelmed by the sadness, tragedy and difficult life circumstances of Magro’s lead cast. It isn’t all doom and gloom, there is a hope for these characters too. I loved how Magro chose to focus this tale on a true Aussie battler, a hard worker and a genuine spirit, who receives a wonderful lifeline. When hospital worker and mother Sienna is gifted a significant rural property in Far North Queensland, it seems like a dream come true. This deserving recipient takes it in her stride and Sienna never feels entitled or selfish. I did warm to Sienna fairly quickly too, which is an indication of the pure spirit of this individual. I was happy to cheer Sienna on as she made her way to acceptance, forgiveness and love. Magro pairs Sienna well with Mason, a true gentleman with his own personal hang-ups and secrets. This couple’s pathway to love is filled with hesitations, past baggage, withheld information, letting go of old hurts and it is also defined by a tragic final turn of events. However, in true Mandy Magro style, there are plenty of hot hookups and romantic interludes to enjoy.

Mandy Magro clearly takes great enjoyment in writing about the landscape that surrounds her. Using her own home sweet home in Far North Queensland as a form of inspiration for her new novel, Magro has sprinkled her latest release with plenty of truly believable descriptions of her location base. I appreciated the references to the stunning landscape, the sounds of nature and the vivid colours of our country. There was also a sense of pure tranquility to the setting that seemed to exude from the pages of this novel. At all points of Home Sweet Home the landscape managed to enhance the storyline. Magro’s latest will be sure to hold your attention from cover to cover.

Mandy Magro is a novelist who continues to go from strength to strength and Home Sweet Home is another earnest story from this big-hearted storyteller.

Home Sweet Home by Mandy Magro was published on 28th October 2020 by Mira – AU. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Home Sweet Home, Mandy Magro, visit here.

*I wish to thank Harlequin Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

Home Sweet Home is book #124 of the 2020 Australian Women Writers Challenge

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