When Alice Trembath is mugged in the stark Australian outback, she has two choices: return to the US with an ‘I told you so’ from her conservative parents and join the family business, or take a job as a nanny on a nearby cattle station. Despite being wildly unqualified, she accepts the position. She’s a fast learner and besides, she needs the money.
Hotshot businessman Tom Braydon is juggling huge responsibilities. After the death of his brother, Tom took in his orphaned nieces and managed his brother’s cattle station, while simultaneously running his own thriving business in Sydney. Tom desperately needs Alice’s help, even though she has zero experience looking after children or living in the outback. He has plenty on his plate, he doesn’t need the distraction of a romance.
But while Alice and Tom strive to ignore the chemistry sizzling between them and focus on their separate goals, love clearly has other plans.
Titles in the Outback Brides Return to Wirralong multi-author series include — Matilda Next Door by Kelly Hunter – Maeve’s Baby by Fiona McArthur – Serenity’s Song by Cathryn Hein – A Nanny Called Alice by Barbara Hannay
Title: A Nanny Called Alice
Series: Outback Brides Return to Wirralong #4
Author: Barbara Hannay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 3, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
‘A Nanny Called Alice‘ is the fourth and final story in the ‘Outback Brides Return to Wirralong‘ series… well, at least for now. This series seems to keep coming back in one form or another, so hopefully, we’ll get another return visit to Wirralong one day in the future. I hope so, for I’ve always loved visiting in this small, quirky town in the Australian outback.
Alice is an American who has managed to get away from her controlling parents and go on the trip of a lifetime to Australia… but it’s not going so well right now as she’s experienced the unkindness of strangers when pretending to help with a flat tire her car is stolen along with all of her possessions leaving her to walk along the road to find shelter in the heat without water. Strangely enough, it’s the kindness, the true kind, of another stranger that will not only get Alice to safety but change the direction of her life, perhaps forever.
‘A Nanny Called Alice‘ packs an intense emotional punch as we not only watch Alice and Tom slowly fall in love but watch two young girls deal with the deaths of their parents, trying to figure out how to function without them as they are now with an uncle they barely know. They’re kids, they’re acting out, dealing with death in the only ways they know how at that age. Tom is a successful businessman who is now also running his deceased brother’s cattle station, along with the care of his nieces. He has his hands full, in some ways is quite out of his league, certainly out of his comfort zone, and needs help desperately for the sake of those nieces he loves but doesn’t know how to help.
I loved watching the relationships grow, heal, transform over time as Alice and Tom, along with Ivy and Freda form their own, unique family. This is a story that brought laughter, grief, tears, and pure joy all in varying levels throughout this romance. Alice comes into her own here with Tom and the girls, she’s found her place right here with this newly formed family. I loved the everyday events that we get to share, just people living their lives, trying to deal with a new reality in their own unique ways.
If you love an emotion-packed romance with believable characters and a story that you won’t want to end… then you’ll love ‘A Nanny Called Alice‘.
I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. 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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