Review: Jenn J McLeod’s ‘A Place To Remember’
A Place To Remember
Jenn J McLeod
A man loses five years of his life. Two women are desperate for him to remember.
Running away for the second time in her life, twenty-seven-year old Ava believes the cook’s job at a country B&B is perfect, until she meets the owner’s son, John Tate. At twenty, the fifth generation grazier is a beguiling blend of both man, boy and a terrible flirt. With their connection immediate and intense, they begin a clandestine affair right under the noses of John’s formidable parents.
Thirty years later, Ava returns to Candlebark Creek with her daughter, Nina, who is determined to meet her mother’s lost love for herself. While struggling to find her own place in the world, Nina discovers an urban myth about a love-struck man, a forgotten engagement ring, and a dinner reservation back in the eighties. Now she must decide if revealing the truth will hurt more than it heals…
What AusRom Today thought:
Jenn J McLeod’s writing is flawless. With each novel this has become more and more apparent. Her writing captures the Australian spirit with such comfortable ease that it is prose-like.
A Place To Remember is a multi-generational contemporary romance story set in a cattle ranch in North Queensland. At just over 500 pages, this is a novel that truly earns it’s title as a saga! That said, considering it is a huge novel, as soon as I felt the pages starting to dwindle away I was sad at the thought that eventually the story would end. Jenn’s writing is that much of a delight to read.
This is a story that very steadily walks the tightrope between what *could* be uncovered from the past and whether it *should* be uncovered. Set against a landscape that Jenn perfectly portrays with characters who are relatable and authentic, A Place To Remember is a novel that will undoubtedly stand the test of time with readers.
The author encapsulates both the Australian way of life and landscape perfectly, crafting an authentic, heartwarming, and rugged saga (that is) reminiscent of master storyteller, Judy Nunn.
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