Welcome to Sutton Station: One of the world’s largest working farms in the middle of Australia – where if the animals and heat don’t kill you first, your heart just might.
Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how; the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him – isolates him – runs through his veins.
American agronomy student Travis Craig arrives at Sutton Station to see how farmers make a living from one of the harshest environments on earth. But it’s not the barren, brutal and totally beautiful landscapes that capture him so completely, it’s the man with the red dirt heart.
Please note: This book is set in Australia, using Australian English and lingo.
So many praising reviews are out there about this book and it is really an outstanding story. I loved it so much.
But now, days later, after coming off the high, I realized I have some issues with it.
Easy. Not many.
So the characters…
Charlie. I felt his fear of being out a little exaggerated. He was a bitter recluse and doomed himself to live alone forever at the age of twenty-something, just because his father was a jerk and had said mean things to him? It’s not a strong enough reason for me.
Just one last time, I told myself. Just one last time. This was it, forever. The rest of my life, alone in the middle of nowhere, with only memories to comfort me.
Are you serious, Charlie?? Furthermore, he was respected and loved by his crew, he knew them well, for years. He could have had more trust in them.
But hey, it is where he can improve, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to it in the next book.
And Travis. Too perfect, but he was so much fun. Adorable!
“Ever had desk sex?”
“Travis,” I hissed at him. “Not here.”
He frowned and looked down at the desk over his shoulder. “We could try carrying it into your room, but it looks heavy.”
And now the good parts! Depiction of emotions and erotica, in which Ms. Walker is a real master. Her writing is touching, heart-wrenching, makes you hot and makes you cry, makes your heart beat faster. It’s beautiful and tangible.
Oh, and the secondary characters are just awesome! Especially Ma.
“He’s a nice boy,” Ma said. “Cute too, don’t ya think?”
“Ma, please,” I cautioned. “We’ve been through this.”
“Do you know which team he bats for?”
“Ma,” I hissed. “It’s not like that. It’s professional.”
“And talking on the front porch all night,” she said casually. “What was that you just being professional?”
“That’s what I thought,” she said.
Fantastic story, it was a pure joy to read it. I’m far from a country girl, but even the farming parts were interesting, lol!