Six Ways to Sunday…
When city naturopath Rilee Summers meets gorgeous farmer Dan Kincaid, sparks fly. A whirlwind romance follows, and the next thing Rilee knows she’s married and living on her husband’s family property in a small rural community.
Never one to shy from a challenge, Rilee is determined to win over her in-laws and the townsfolk of nearby Pallaburra, but her city ways and outspoken views only seem to alienate her further.
Opening her own naturopathy practice has always been her dream. Although Pallaburra isn’t Sydney, and despite the fact she’s not exactly inundated with new clients, she’s not ready to give up. Things get even worse for Rilee when she champions the issue of teen pregnancies in the deeply conservative town.
Worn down by the ill-will towards her and what she sees as Dan’s lack of support, Rilee flees the station to think about the future. Can her marriage survive – or is she destined to leave Dan and move back to the city?
Six Ways to Sunday is a rip-roaring tale about a woman determined to stand up for her convictions even at the risk of jeopardising the future she envisaged with the man she loves.
While city girl to farm wife is by no means a new premise for a novel, Karly Lane’s clear passion for rural Australia, along with her intelligent interweaving of serious rural issues into the storyline, elevates Six Ways to Sunday into a class of its own. I loved this novel. No use beating around the bush – I loved it, couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end. Really, I could have kept on reading for the same amount of pages again. Karly’s warm wit combined with her authentic rural ‘voice’ is just so engaging. She knows how to tell a story and she knows how to tell it well.
There is a lot going on in Six Ways to Sunday and I could relate to all of it, living in a remote community myself and also working in the education sector with teens. The issues raised within this novel have a definite ripple effect that will have rural readers nodding their heads in agreement and understanding. Karly backs up her stance on the issues raised with evidence and intelligence as well as a clearly laid out path towards possible solutions. In amongst all of this, there are other more personal things going on for each of the characters and I love how Karly manages to merge the community issues with the personal ones. Rilee is a wonderful protagonist and I truly enjoyed her journey through being a new bride to a considered wife, as well as her transformation from city girl to country community member. The supporting cast were a lively and entertaining bunch, authentic and uniquely rural without being cliché.
Six Ways to Sunday is a novel you can’t go wrong giving as a gift this Christmas or simply selecting for yourself. It’s entertaining, romantic, contemplative, and will also tug on your heartstrings more than once. Five solid brightly shining stars from me!
Karly Lane lives on the beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW in Australia. A certified small town girl, she is most happy in a little town where everyone knows who your grandparents were. She writes women’s fiction – everything from romantic suspense to family sagas and life in rural Australia.