Montmorency Downs has been in Tammy McCauley’s family for five generations. The land, and all it has to offer, flows through her veins, and she couldn’t imagine any other life. When her abusive husband walks out, he strikes where it hurts most, and Tammy is forced to do something she never imagined she could do.
Joe McCauley has long been estranged from his family. Sixty years ago he walked out on his parents and brother, and never looked back. He now lives alone on McCauleys Hill, widowed, with no friends or family to rely on. When he falls and breaks his hip, he is forced to rely on his neighbours and great-niece – who he has never spoken to – to avoid being placed in a home.
Travis Hunter is struggling to adapt to the role of single father. A dog trapper who hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, he is attempting to suppress growing feelings for Tammy and trying to be a father – but doesn’t know how to. Still heartbroken from his wife walking out on him, he finds it hard to let anyone in, especially his ten year old son, Billy.
When a massive flood threatens their land and lives, they must come together under the most difficult of circumstances to save each other.
Hope’s Road is the second novel by Margareta Osborne, a fifth generation farmer who has lived on the land all her life. If I had not been given the opportunity to participate in this blog tour by Random House I may never have discovered Margareta Osborne or Hope’s Road.
Hope’s Road is a rural romance, but it is so much more than that. It is a story of a family saga, domestic violence, whilst also addressing issues of aged care and custody of children after a marriage breakdown.
The characters and their situations are believeable, from Tammy the hardworking landowner, Joe the grumpy old man who is a virtual recluse and Travis the dog trapper who is trying to raise his son, Billy. They are joined by a colourful cast of characters who help to make this story what it is.
This review was part of the Random House blog tour, you can check out other reviews of this great read at these blogs: This Charming Mum or Sam Still Reading or if you are interested in a sneak peak of the book you can read the first couple of chapters here.