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Close to Home Review

A captivating story that shows the only thing harder than letting go is moving on.

Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life. Not that she minds - she has her work as a vet and most days that's enough. Most days. But when she's sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past, her dedication to the job and her attraction to a handsome local.

Travelling to Naringup means coming face to face with what is left of her dysfunctional family - her cousin Emma, who begged Charlie not to leave all those years ago, and her aunt Hazel, who let her go without a backwards glance. But it also means relying on the kindness of strangers and, when she meets local park ranger Joel Drummond, opening her heart to the possibility of something more . . .

As tensions in the country town rise, can Charlie reconcile with the past and find herself a new future in the town she left so long ago?

Title:Close to Home
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Dale Harcombe

    Four and a half stars.After the death of her parents, Charlie Anderson went to live with her aunt Hazel and her cousin Emma in Naringup, a small town on the South coast of NSW. But conditions in that ...

  • Veronica ??

    3.5 stars ”It was one thing to put the past behind you, but it was another thing entirely to pretend that it never existed.”You don’t need to be a horse lover to enjoy this story of letting go o...

  • Brenda

    Working as a vet for the Department of Primary Industries was a job Charlie Anderson loved. She’d worked hard to get to the position she was in, and knew she was also good at her job. After losing h...

  • MaryG2E

    Although Dr Charlie Anderson is based in Lismore, northern NSW, her boss Alex at the Department of Primary Industry has asked her to look into an alleged outbreak of Hendra virus in southern NSW, beca...

  • Sharon

    Charlie Anderson works hard and long hours as a vet. Having lost both her parents when she was just thirteen, Charlie has experienced first hand what it's like to feel alone at a youthful age and alth...

  • Talking Books

    It’s a story that you just enjoy reading, that flowed well and that kept this reader completely engrossed from start to finish with many confrontations within the story that are both nail bitingly w...

  • MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under

    Charlie Anderson works for the Department of Primary Industries in NSW as a Vet, a job that she is passionate about and one which leaves no time for her to dwell on the fractured and dysfunctional fam...

  • Julia Mckenzie

    An enthralling read that keeps you turning the pages.This is a book that tackles a variety of issues. An animal virus outbreak, a broken family, a bullying and violent husband, an intelligent and good...

  • marlin1

    At 13 years old Charlie Anderson is sent to her Aunt's place in Naringup, country NSW, to live after the tragic death of her parents. Life is so different and circumstances of her aunts' family life d...

  • Lily Malone

    I enjoyed learning about Hendra virus and community reactions to it, via this book. It's obvious the author has conducted her research and this certainly came through.For me, I enjoyed the start and s...