MS Hannay has written another story that will engage the reader with characters who are so full of charm, these characters are so real and come to life on the pages they pull you into their lives whether it be in Shanghai around war time or a beautiful country town Burralea in the Tablelands of northern Queensland in 2015. This is our second visit to Burralea and we are back with the Drummond family this time we get to know Flora and we discover Joe and Hattie who are re-united after the discovery of bones on a property that is owned now by Flora’s brother Seth. I didn’t want to put this one down so make yourself comfortable and enjoy.
Flora is back home after leaving an abusive partner she is a gifted violinist and is practising for a new position she is staying in town and lying low so to speak but when she is asked to play in a quartet for a very good friend’s wedding she is happy to help but this wedding doesn’t go to plan and this is not the first time that this beautiful little church has seen a betrayal of love and Flora is feeling the grooms heartache you see she has had a crush on Mitch Cavello since she was a young girl and Mitch came to stay on the property she grew up on, so here starts a journey that brings a lot of drama into Flora’s life.
Hattie Bellamy spent her younger years in Shanghai with her very English family exploring the markets and lots of other exciting things but with the war getting closer and fear takes over her widowed mother Rose brings Hattie to Australia to be safe and there she meets Joe Matthews they spend a lot of time growing up on Joe’s parents property Kooringal they fall in love and plan to marry but plans get turned around and Joe marries someone else in the little church in Burralea. Hattie loses her mother Rose and a secret is uncovered and moves to England and gets on with her life but many years later she moves to Brisbane and then the discovery of bones on Kooringal bring her back to Burralea and back to Joe.
There are four people who have a lot to go through to get to their HEA’s and their stories are so moving, emotional and just so captivating this was a book I was really looking forward to after reading The Grazier’s Wife and wow it really is a beauty of a story one that I can highly recommend, I don’t want to give too much away and I hope that I have done this one justice because it is another keeper, one not to be missed thank you MS Hannay you bought me to tears, you made me smile and it will be a while before I stop thinking about Flora, Mitch, Hattie and Joe and the cast of wonderful characters that made this story so very enjoyable. Don’t miss this one.
I just enjoy Barbara Hannays books more and more each time I listen to one! The Country Wedding follows on from The Graziers Wife, but could easily be read as a standalone novel. Mitch the local cop is jilted at the altar by his fiancee. Determined to go on he becomes involved in the mysterious finding of bones on his best man's property that was owned for years by Joe. Meanwhile Flora has come home to escape her ex boyfriends violence and is in hiding, but as she is a talented violinist she is coerced into organising the childrens christmas concert by her old music teacher and mentor. The attraction to Mitch is powerful, but she is conscious that he doesn't want to move on just yet from his disastrous wedding day. Meanwhile Joe reconnects with Hattie who was his childhood sweetheart. She returns to town because she knows something about the mysterious bones that were found, and Joe is involved in that as well.
This story kept me involved from the beginning to end and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator Barbara has used through all the 3 books of hers that I have listened to is excellent. Can't wait to see what Barbara has on the book front next.
As Hattie watched from a distance, she knew Joe had seen her. His sad and sombre expression mirrored her own heartbreak as she watched the man she knew she’d love forever, marry another…
Many years later Flora Drummond had fled Melbourne to the Atherton Tablelands of Queensland, to the little town of Burralea where she hoped to be able to lie low for a time. Flora’s brother Seth lived in the area with his girlfriend Alice; Seth had recently purchased a property and he had exciting plans for the future. Flora was a violinist and after having to leave her position in the orchestra in Melbourne, hoped to gain a position in Brisbane’s symphony orchestra.
Mitch was Burralea’s small town policeman and his wedding day was fast approaching when he asked Flora if she would be the fourth in the quartet at his wedding. But when Mitch’s bride didn’t show, his humiliation and anger was great. But in a matter of days, Mitch was notified of a strange, sinister find out on Seth’s new property; he was glad to get back to the job – at least he could stop dwelling on his non-wedding…
The Country Wedding by Aussie author Barbara Hannay is an exceptional story of love lost, second chances and how circumstances can affect people way into the future. A story laced with mystery, intrigue and heartache, The Country Wedding is set in far north Queensland and spans generations across the continents. Told in two timelines – past and current day – it captured my imagination and held me enthralled until the very end. Once again, this author has nailed it! Highly recommended.