April 16, 2014

Iron Junction. Charlotte Nash

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Iron Junction
Charlotte Nash
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Date: March 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Desperate to get away from her family's expectations of success in love and in work, Dr Beth Harding leaves Sydney behind and takes a locum job at Iron Junction – a mining town in the distant Pilbara. With the mine growing at a rapid pace, the town full of contractors and tensions running high, Beth is convinced she’s made a huge mistake until she meets Will, a man who shares her dreams and could make the difference between going home and staying on.

For Will Walker, being born into cattle farming was never the life he wanted. He’s traded a broad-brim for a hard hat and headed down the mines. Iron Junction seems like just another gig in the long road that’s taking him even further from home. But in the lonely fly-in, fly-out life, he never counted on meeting Beth ...

But when Beth and Will discover that the choices they make will have far-reaching consequences neither could ever have imagined, they have a decision to make. Will they be brave enough to risk loving each other despite everything that stands in their way?

My thoughts
This was my first time reading a book by Charlotte Nash and I must say I did enjoy it.  I am always on the lookout for something in the medical romance line so that is what attracted me to read this book.

It is set in a mining community in Western Australia, and the way Charlotte Nash describes the environment made me feel like I was there.  At times I was almost brushing the red dust off myself! Taking a look at how a mining operation works was interesting, and the idea of management perhaps cutting corners is not far fetched, as we have sometimes seen with mining disasters around the world.

Beth is at a crossroads in her life, she has shed the shackles of a man who just doesn't feel right for her, and she is wanting to do something meaningful in medicine but is not sure just what.  She has escaped the clutches of a weird mother and taken on a temporary locum job at Iron Junction.  I liked the way she cared for her patients, went the extra mile for them, and was willing to speak up when she thought things were unfair.

Will arrives at Iron Junction, somewhat reluctantly.  He has been sent to help out and finds himself attracted to Beth.  Yet he hangs back, there is something in his past that needs honesty and reconciliation.  If he can face that perhaps he can find his way back to his family, to himself and to reach out to Beth.

If you like books set in Australia, with a little medical context, then I recommend this book. It is interesting and well written.

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