Can a town known for “I do,” change her “I don’t?” 

Up and coming American winemaker Tess Harrison is temporarily working at an Australian vineyard where her family now has a financial stake. She’s excited to make her mark away from her dominant family and the outback’s premier organic winery seems like the perfect training ground. One problem: No one told her the small town Wirralong was a premier wedding destination, and every time tomboy Tess turns around she’s confronted with white dresses, trails of petals, gleaming gold rings and starry-eyed kissing couples promising forever. When a new hire upends Tess’ careful plans for her life and her career, she finds herself reluctantly re-thinking her dislike for the M word. 

Tall, dark and rugged-looking Australian Connor Hawker has just been hired as the new Irrigation Manager at an organic vineyard. This new job was meant to be a fresh start, far away from South Australia and the small church where he was dumped at the altar by his French fiancée. He wants nothing more than to be laser-focused on his new job, except he finds himself distracted by the talented, cheerful, and ambitious blonde winemaker from California. Soon their no-strings fling becomes far more complicated, and Connor wonders if another woman–with life plans across an ocean will again leave him alone. 

Can Connor trust in love again and will Tess realize it’s not the wedding she needs, but the love of a man like Connor.

Titles in the Outback Brides of Wirralong include — Lacey by Fiona McArthur – Tess by Victoria Purman – Jenna by Barbara Hannay – Emma by Kelly Hunter

Title:  Tess
Series:  Outback Brides of Wirralong #2
Author:  Victoria Purman
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 20, 2019
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

I had fun with TESS, it took me a little bit to get into the story for there are a lot of informational wine country and growing details… but once I fell into Tess and Connor’s growing relationship I was hooked on this couple.

Tess is visiting from the USA, determined to learn a different type of winemaking and blowing the family company’s board members back home out of the water with her presentation… only things don’t always go as planned.  It was at the vineyard that she met Connor, and while neither was looking for any kind of relationship she couldn’t deny the attraction either.

Connor was still reeling from being left practically at the altar and he has no interest in a romantic encounter with a woman from another country ever again – yet Tess intrigues him and soon a slow burn attraction will burst into something far more permanent.

I enjoyed my time back in this world.  The story kept my attention, the characters were interesting and the secondary characters made this story come alive.

*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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