Someone Like You…
About the Book:
When bestselling author, twenty-nine year old Hayley Stevens, walked in on her husband, Paul, and her best friend in bed together, she knew her life would never be the same again.
One year later, Hayley stowed her last bag in her much-loved Audi Coupe and said goodbye to the city. She was excited to be heading west to Lochway, a small colonial village sitting on the beautiful Macdonald River. Wanting peace and quiet, Hayley had impulsively bought a cosy sandstone cottage there surrounded by lush rose gardens, with a small overseer’s cottage – ideal for a writer’s retreat.
What she didn’t expect was the almost immediate ‘gift’ of a very noisy donkey named Errol. Nor did Hayley expect to meet her handsome new neighbour, Luke Mason, when she was covered in mud trying to drag Errol out of Luke’s dam. The strange thing was though that Luke seemed very familiar to her.
As Hayley slowly gains acceptance into her small community and starts writing again she becomes almost afraid of the inexplicable visions she sees. What does it all mean? And why does Luke refuse to listen to her?
Written with warmth and humour, Someone Like You is an intriguing, funny and romantic story about past lives and new beginnings.
I adore Karly Lane’s novels. She’s one author who just hits the right note every time with every book. In her eleventh novel, Someone Like You, Karly brings to us a city girl to country woman tale, a love story crossing generations, and an age old mystery that is determined to resurface.
Hayley, our heroine in Someone Like You, is simply gorgeous. Escaping to the country for a quiet fresh start, within 24 hours she has adopted a very noisy donkey named Errol. This is followed by several more animals until she has a small menagerie, leading her to hire a local man who has been largely ostracised on account of his PTSD, to build some animal pens. She has a heart of gold and you just can’t help but fall in love with her. Luke, her neighbour, feels pretty much the same way, and from the moment he and Hayley lock eyes over a dam containing a stuck donkey, it’s pretty much love at first sight for the pair of them. Inexplicably so, because there is a spark between them that extends beyond the attraction they feel for each other, a spark that frightens both of them and is impossible to explain, much less accept. This paranormal element present in Someone Like You caught me by surprise but I enjoyed it immensely.
Within an authentic country setting, Karly’s trademark humour knits together a fabulous story about fresh beginnings and new love. A snapshot of Australia’s colonial history is interwoven throughout the narrative with both truth and sensitivity. A spotlight shines down onto some pertinent issues, such as PTSD in our young returning soldiers and displacement for farmers who have worked the land traditionally for decades. Karly’s novels are always full and rounded; reading one is like stepping into a new community for the duration and being welcomed in with open arms. I loved Someone Like You and highly recommend it to all readers for a heart warming read that will have you flipping the pages long into the night.
Thanks is extended to Allen and Unwin for providing me with a copy of Someone Like You for review.
About the Author:
Karly Lane lives on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Proud mum to four children and wife of one very patient mechanic, she is lucky enough to spend her day doing the two things she loves most – being a mum and writing stories set in beautiful rural Australia.
Her bestselling novels include North Star, Morgan’s Law, Bridie’s Choice, Poppy’s Dilemma, Gemma’s Bluff, Tallowood Bound, Second Chance Town, Third Time Lucky, If Wishes Were Horses and Six Ways to Sunday. Someone Like You is her eleventh novel.
Someone Like You is published by Allen and Unwin. Paperback and eBook out now.