STORY | Going halfway around the world isn’t exactly something on Kimberley Foster’s busy to-do list. But when her boss up and leaves their Virginia ministry for his outback homeland in Australia, Kimberley finds she’s just desperate enough to follow him (keep in mind, this is a man she doesn’t exactly like) there in the hopes she can convince him to return to the U.S. If not, their mission just may have to close.
Sam Payton is done with his work as a youth pastor. He’s home to help his sister pick up the pieces of their failing ancestral farm, and he’s determined to make a go of this. What he never anticipates is the arrival of Kimberley on their doorstep. But with her arrival comes more of the same issues they disagree on, only this time, it’s his family’s legacy on the line.
A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate | Why You Should Read this Zany Rom-Com
+ There’s something about a romantic-comedy that just “speaks” to my book (or story) lovin’ soul. This story is no different. The romantic-comedy game is strong in ‘Guide,’ and it’s a game plan that is successful in its execution. Whether it’s the new Netflix originals that never cease to make me smile or the influx of the contemporary romance in inspy fiction, I am here for all these vibes.
+ One of the most important things to any good book, no matter the genre, is good characters. Sam and Kimberley fall (easily!) into this group, and endear themselves before any time passes. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we meet them both in Jessica Kate’s Love and Other Mistakes.) These two aren’t just magic together (because don’t we all love a dislike-to-love trope?), they also have backstories that will most certainly tug on the heartstrings of any reader.
+ When it comes to fiction, one of the best experiences it can impart is the chance to “adventure.” This novel is one of the best armchair adventures because we get to travel to Australia, and to lend all the more authenticity to the book, its author is a native Aussie. Needless to say, this shows in the writing, and it’s pure delight from first to last page.
Those looking for a solid (and fun!) new romantic comedy need look no further than A Girl’s Guide to the Outback. It’s charming and such an entertaining little story that’ll leave you with a smile, and a curiosity for what this author next writes.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
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Author: Jessica Kate
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins)
Publication Date: 2020
Source: Publisher Provided – thank you, Jessica and Thomas Nelson!
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
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Content: There’s nothing in this book to consider “offensive” in terms of content. The romance is “clean,” although there is some sassy (which I love!) banter.
Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson, and Jessica Kate for kindly sending a copy of this novel in consideration of review; all opinions are my own.