Elsa’s Stand by Cathryn Hein

When the sudden death of his mother forces outback opal miner Jack Hargreaves home to Wirralong, his plan is simple: mourn his mother, sort out the family farm, and get the hell out of the town that has always hated him. But Elsa O’Donoghue, the beautiful hairdresser with a big heart and even brighter smile, has other plans. 

From the moment Jack strides into her salon and helps himself to her clippers, Elsa is in lust. He might be a poster boy for the strong silent type, but she senses there’s a good man behind that stoic facade. With her business taking off, Elsa is finally ready for a relationship and Jack is just her kind of man. Not to mention, she’s never said no to a challenge. 

Worried their association will harm Elsa’s business, Jack tries to avoid her, but Elsa is irresistible. Soon, she has him believing and hoping for a future with her in Wirralong, but another family tragedy shatters Jack’s fragile dream. Jack knows he must leave Elsa to protect her, no matter the cost to himself.

Titles in the multi-author series, Outback Brides, include:  Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter – Belle’s Secret by Victoria Purman – Elsa’s Stand by Cathryn Hein – Holly’s Heart by Fiona McArthur

Title:  Elsa’s Stand
Series:  Outback Brides #3
Author:  Cathryn Hein
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 10, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

It’s always sad to me when a person, a community judges children based on their parents’ actions.  Jack had outrun that by heading away from home to follow a miner’s dream of finding that perfect opal jackpot.  You could say that mining was in his blood as his mother loved to search for her own gems as well.  It is his mother’s death that has brought Jack home, and he plans to stay only as long as absolutely necessary and then hit the road out of town once again.  He hadn’t planned on meeting a woman like Elsa.  Someone who would see him for the man he is now, not his father’s face superimposed over his own.  That she would be willing to risk everything that she has worked for in order to be with him is… astounding.  But it’s not a sacrifice that Jack can allow… except when a stubborn, in love woman gets a thought in her head about her man, nothing will stop her.

Everyone needs someone who sees them exactly as they are and loves them, accepts them without one single change.  For Jack, that someone was Elsa.  I loved this couple, and Elsa’s Stand certainly does describe this story in so many ways.  It’s many things – a steamy romance, a chance at finding that one person perfect for you romance, a town ready to see beyond a parents’ history… but most of all it’s a love story between two equally strong in different ways people who fit, who belong, who will stand for each other no matter what.  It’s a love story, the kind many people dream of finding.  Discover their romance in Elsa’s Stand for yourself, I believe you’ll find a lovely romance, a second chance, and some truths that needed to be said.  There is nothing better than finding that one person who loves you just as you are… and you can feel free to love them that way right back.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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