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Beneath Outback Skies

de Alissa Callen

Sèrie: Outback Dust (1)

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A captivating rural romance featuring an indomitable young woman determined to save her family farm, and the city-boy who is not all he seems...Paige Quinn will let nothing and no one distract her from caring for her wheelchair-bound father, Connor, and fighting for her remote, drought-stricken property, Banora Downs. Least of all a surprise farm-stay guest named Tait Cavanaugh, whose smooth words are as lethal as his movie-star smile. Except Paige can?t help noticing that, for a city-boy, Tait seems unexpectedly at home on the land. And he does ask a lot of questions...It doesn?t matter how much he helps out or how much laughter he brings into her life, she soon suspects he is harbouring a big secret - the realreason he has come to Banora Downs...… (més)
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Beneath Outback Skies by Alissa Callen is such a cute romantic read. This story takes place in the rural farmlands of Australia following the life of Paige Quinn. The way Callen describes the farmlands, the reader feels like they are right there alongside Paige while she completes her daily chores.

Paige Quinn returns to her childhood home to help her father run the daily life of the farm, Banora Downs. Her mother had passed away and her father had been injured in a farming accident that made him unable to run the family farm any longer. Paige was the only one there to run the farm and it was sinking under from a horrible never-ending drought that forced many families to sell their farms. That’s when Tait Cavanaugh comes to the farm as a paying guest from the city for “rest and relaxation”. But really he was there for his own personal reasons and on behalf of Paige’s father, Conner, to write up a business plan for the farm. Unfortunately for Paige, she was not privy to this information. Over the next couple of days, she found herself falling under Tait’s pretty boy looks. But why all the secrets? Will the Banora Downs survive? Will it ever rain!?

This is such a light romantic read that you find yourself not wanting to put it down. It draws you right in and you are constantly wondering if the drought will ever break and what Tait is hiding from everyone? The characters that Callen creates make you fall in love with this book and the characters themselves, making you want the story to never end. I give Beneath Outback Skies 4 stars. I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes light and fun romantic stories. ( )
  srkromer | Mar 16, 2014 |
I read and loved the previous novel by this author, and I have to say that I liked Beneath Outback Skies more. Alissa Callen paints a wonderful picture that is Banora Downs, she creates great characters and there's a mystery that keeps you turning the pages.

Paige and Tait are opposites, a country girl and a city boy.

She's a tomboy, doesn't care much about luxuries and appearances, and her farm, that is her life, is completely broke. She takes an instant dislike to Tait for everything he represents because she's been hurt in the past by his type. And not to mention she has bigger issues to deal with than catering to some spoiled city boy.
She is also extremely vulnerable, and wary of trusting strangers - especially Tait.

He's a rich CEO, running away from the city to get some peace from all the vultures that surround him. Oh, and he has secrets. He drives a sleek, fancy car, doesn't think twice about spending money but it's not because he likes to flaunt it - he actually likes sharing what he has. I loved his girly moments, too, fixing up her hair, picking her a dress, and it was all very masculine at the same time.

The two of them also have more in common than they think at first, but it takes them a while to look past their prejudices.

The romance is slow-building, low key, and there is great chemistry between Tait and Paige, but they both fight it because they have more important things to deal with. It takes them a while to come together, but when they do you can see it means something to both of them.

It's written in alternate POV, but there's also a third POV character, Paige's disabled father, Connor, who is in on the secret and he is basically the gives you the clues to figure it out, although Paige and Tait also played a good part of it. I did figure it out pretty early on although, for one dreadful moment I thought I was wrong and these two are actually siblings, but I was still interested in how everything plays out and what the full story is.
I also want to say that Connor's disability was dealt with in a respectful way.

There are no graphic sex scenes in this, it's all fade-to black.

Overall, I liked this more than the other book I read by Alissa Callen. There was better character development, the pace was perfect, the conflict was believable and I loved the setting. I definitely recommend it.

**Free copy of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  AriBookzilla | Sep 21, 2013 |
BENEATH OUTBACK SKIES is an Australian rural romance and author, Alissa Callen, writes about what she knows as she is an outback girl herself. A light and easy read the story moves along at a fast pace. Whilst it is a romance, there was an element of mystery behind it – just who is Tait and why is he really there? Speaking of Tait, I really didn’t warm to him for a long time as he came over as being superior, as if he knew what Paige needed better than she did. OK, so maybe he did, but he didn’t have to come over that way!

The attraction between Tait and Paige was immediate but they both fought against it, they still had obstacles to overcome, and lessons to learn before the happy every after could envelop them. There are no graphic sex scenes, it is all very discrete as someone off book shouts “Cut!” and the filming stops and switches to the next day.

The story is told from the perspective of three main characters; Tait, Paige and her father Connor. There is a secondary love interest as well that gets sorted to the relief of this reader just before Paige and Tait do. The setting is excellent, drought and floods are two of the biggest problems that face our farmers – not the only ones of course. In BENEATH OUTBACK SKIES the ravages of drought is the backdrop for the story, how drought affects not only Paige’s property but the other properties in the district, and the local businesses in the small rural towns that serve the properties. Callen also touches on the high rates of alcoholism, depression and suicide found in rural communities; but balances this with how far the community supports each other and lends a helping hand even while they are struggling themselves. Overall I recommend this book if you are looking for a romantic read.
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  sally906 | Apr 3, 2013 |
I wasn't sure about this book initially as it didn't seem any different to any of the other books of this genre. As I read more I decided I had to keep reading to see if the drought eventually broke, if Paige and Tait started a friendship and what happened to Paige's father.
The book was a light read but had enough twists in the plot to make it interesting. ( )
  cookiemo | Feb 17, 2013 |
I’ve got a confession to make. I haven’t really read that many books set in Aussie farming communities. Why? Well, I used to live in one and I Know All About It. I know about the lack of privacy, the isolation and gossiping. What I have forgotten over the years is the good things about the country – safety, community and the beauty. Alissa Callen’s debut novel brings both the good and bad about the Australian bush to the fore.

One of the worst things about farming is drought. Unfortunately, our main character Paige who runs Banora Downs (a cattle property that sounds like it’s in Western New South Wales) is in the middle of one. She’s fighting a losing battle against the elements. Then city boy Tait comes to stay at the invitation of Paige’s father Connor – but what’s his agenda? Connor thinks it’s to write him a business plan and Paige thinks it’s for a rest, but neither of them knows the full story…

Tait is a city boy through and through – he has the mobile phone, the Jaguar (or Jaaaaaaaaaag as Jeremy Clarkson would say) and the fancy suits. But underneath the exterior, Tait is hiding a lot of pain and guilt, which is revealed in layers throughout the story. Tait also integrates himself into country life, whether it’s winding up the local gossips or assisting with sponsorship for the local ball. All this makes Paige think that she could be mistaken about Tait being a ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ kind of guy,

The story started off a little bit slowly for me – establishing the scene and the instant dislike Paige takes to Tait. Tait is incredibly patient with Paige, who flares up at any suspected slight! Once Tait was established at Banora Downs, I found the story grow increasingly more enjoyable as more characters were brought in and we learned more about Banora Downs’ history. Callen creates a rich history for the once grand property with a beautiful Victorian homestead to match that you can feel Paige’s pain at it crumbling away.

I also liked that the plot had multiple threads and simply didn’t stop and end with the romance. The romance in this book is just that – it’s romance, focusing on the build-up, the tiffs and talking rather than the sex. If you’re after detailed sex scenes, you won’t find them here. I feel it’s important to bring to attention the stress that continued drought brings (farm foreclosures, bankruptcy and suicides in addition to large companies buying up several farms, losing the community aspect of small country towns) and Callen has done that splendidly. Tait’s mystery was well hidden – I didn’t actually see it coming and it kept me interested as it was revealed in small parts. The supporting characters, such as Anne and Connor, were sensitively portrayed and I felt I got to know them as well as Paige and Tait.

The more I read of this book, the more I enjoyed it and realised that I quite enjoy Aussie bush romance. I’d definitely read more by Alissa Callen and more in this genre.

Thanks to Random House for providing me with an ARC of this book.

http://samstillreading.wordpress.com ( )
  birdsam0610 | Feb 16, 2013 |
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A captivating rural romance featuring an indomitable young woman determined to save her family farm, and the city-boy who is not all he seems...Paige Quinn will let nothing and no one distract her from caring for her wheelchair-bound father, Connor, and fighting for her remote, drought-stricken property, Banora Downs. Least of all a surprise farm-stay guest named Tait Cavanaugh, whose smooth words are as lethal as his movie-star smile. Except Paige can?t help noticing that, for a city-boy, Tait seems unexpectedly at home on the land. And he does ask a lot of questions...It doesn?t matter how much he helps out or how much laughter he brings into her life, she soon suspects he is harbouring a big secret - the realreason he has come to Banora Downs...

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