Book review: The Lawson Sisters by Janet Gover

The Lawson SistersThe Lawson Sisters
 by Janet Gover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book about grief and the persistence of love. They story centres around Liz and Kayla, who were orphaned suddenly when they were in their teens. Liz took over running the family stud farm, while Kayla was sent away to get an expensive education, in accordance with their father’s wishes. The estranged sisters are brought back together when the farm is in financial dire straits and Liz needs Kayla to help.

Liz is stubborn and hard, but you can understand how having so much responsibility thrust on her at a young age would make her that way. You can’t help but feel sorry for her. Kayla is partly a city girl and an excellent wedding planner. She doesn’t understand her sister, but she loves her too.

The romantic thread in the book is very minor (it’s mainly the story of the two sisters), but Mitch is lovely. He has been in love with Liz for a long time. It’s adorable.

I really enjoyed this book. I don’t know anything about horses, but still managed to follow all the horse related stuff. To be fair, there was FAR more wedding related background than horses.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy.
The usual disclaimer, the writer and I belong to the same writing organisations and we know each other from there. I only read her books because I enjoy them, so this is an honest review.

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Goodreads Book Review: The Wild One by Janet Gover

The Wild OneThe Wild One by Janet Gover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve just finished reading this one. I really enjoyed the first book in the series The Flight to Coorah Creek (apart from the bit that made me cry. I’ve had words with Janet Gover about this making people cry business).

Dan is an ex-military sniper, now a park ranger with PTSD. Quinn is a photographer who lives in the back of her converted Humvee. I love that detail – she LIVES in a converted Humvee. And she knits when she’s bored. I like that too. There’s a secondary love story about Justin the horse breeder and Carrie the ex-jockey who has a touch of PTSD herself. And there’s horses. Lots and lots of horses. As someone who is currently reading the Usborne Book of Pony Care to her 7 year old as a bedtime story, I quite enjoyed the horses.

I liked that the heroines were strong, but not two-dimensionally so. The men were proper butch outback men, but without the alpha male tendency to throw their weight around. To be honest, Trish, who runs the pub in Coorah Creek would soon sort them out if they tried it! I feel like I’m really getting to know the people in Coorah Creek now. I really like the feeling of community.

So… when’s the next Coorah Creek book coming out then?
Oh, and this one didn’t make me cry. I might have teared up a tiny bit at Quinn’s story, but that was just something in my eye.

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Inheritance Books – Janet Gover

This week’s Inheritance Books are from Aussie novelist and fellow ChocLiteer, Janet Gover. She writes contemporary romance and hosts a mean kitchen party.

Hi Janet, welcome to Inheritance Books. I’ve got some Caramello Koalas, just for you.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

Janet GoverHi – it’s really nice here on Inheritance Books. I feel right at home surrounded by lots of battered and much loved old books. I’m a wandering Aussie. I grew up in a small bush town in Queensland. There were only 15 buildings in the town (and a couple of those were sheds) – so I spent a lot of time riding my horses and reading books. My Dad was a voracious reader and he pointed me at a wide range of books – everything from Sci Fi to spy thrillers and classics and comedies. My Mum loved romance – so she sent me in that direction. I still read a wide range of books, but I write romance and women’s fiction because I love stories with heart. Stories about real people and the way they overcome the problems life throws at us all. I was a journalist for a long time – then started writing fiction. At first I wrote short stories and then turned to novels. My latest novel is Flight To Coorah Creek, which like a lot of my work, is set in the Australian outback. It’s the first of a series of books set in the small town of Coorah creek. The town reminds me a lot of the place where I grew up – a little remote and sometimes a little lonely but full of the most interesting and sometimes weird characters… not to mention strong, bronzed Aussie outback men.  


Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

My parents introduced me to so many wonderful books….  Am I cheating if I pick an author rather than a single book? Books by Rudyard Kipling My most treasured possessions include some gorgeous if somewhat battered books by Rudyard Kipling. There’s the Just So Stories, The Jungle Book – and a wonderful collection of beautifully illustrated animal stores.  They may be children’s stories, but they still capture me every time I open the books. Some are scary are some are adventures. Some are morality tales and some deal with difficult subjects like cruelty. But all are wonderfully imaginative and I always felt he was talking directly to meHear and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was, Oh My Best Beloved, when the tame animals were wild… I think these were the stories that set me on the path to becoming a writer. My old cloth bound copies have the most wonderful illustrations as well – but as I am hopeless at drawing, all I can do is admire those.  


Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?

Now this is a hard question – there are so many great books. I think I’d have to go for a children’s book again,  but one that an adult will appreciate, because I think it’s important that we never lose the sense of adventure and the curiosity and the sense of wonder that we have as children. I think sometimes we need reminding of that. The Graveyard Book Neil GaimanSo I sentence future generations to regular readings of Neil Gaiman’s children’s books – but in particular The Graveyard Book. It’s about a boy called Nobody who goes to live in a graveyard after his parents are murdered. That sounds depressing – but it’s not. It’s wonderful – on so many levels. Strangely enough, just a few minutes ago I discovered that Gaiman says that he was trying to write something like The Jungle Book, set in a graveyard. I did not know that when I read the book, or started writing this, but that explains a lot about why I love it so much. It took Gaiman twenty years to write The Graveyard Book because he wanted to get it “right”. He did. He got it so very right. The huge pile of awards the book has won is testament to that – as is the wonder that I feel every time I open it to meet Bod… a boy raised by ghosts.

I haven’t read Jungle Book in years. I enjoyed it, but it was difficult to reconcile it with the dancing animals of the Disney version (which I adored as a child). The Graveyard Book, on the other hand, I loved. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough for me to read it to them. In the meantime, they have to put up with Blueberry Girl instead.

Thank you so much for dropping by, Janet. All the best to your latest book. 

FTCC_thumbnail copyJanet’s book Flight to Coorah Creek is available now. You can find out more about Janet (and her trips around the world) on her website, or catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter (@janet_gover).