eBook Close to Home Working as a vet for the Department of Primary Industries was a job Charlie Anderson loved She d worked hard to get to the position she was in and knew she was also good at her
eBook Close to Home Working as a vet for the Department of Primary Industries was a job Charlie Anderson loved. She’d worked hard to get to the position she was in, and knew she was also good at her job. After losing her way for a little while when she was young – the death of her parents when she was thirteen was a major turning point in her life, and even now, in her late twenties, she still grieved for them at times. But her memories of the home she’d had after they died; with an aunt she hadn’t really known and her cousin Emma, who’d been like a sister to her; they were confused and clouded in her mind. So when Charlie was told she was needed in a little town called Naringup, south of Sydney, as there was a possible outbreak of the Hendra virus, she was horrified. But her refusal to take the job wasn’t an option…As Charlie settled into the routine of tests on the horses at the property concerned, she was shocked to encounter anger and bullying from some of the locals. She realized the frustration of the unknown was getting to them, but the sooner the tests were run, the sooner they could contain the problem; if it even was a problem. Running into her cousin and aunt was also something Charlie hadn’t wanted to do – but a town the size of Naringup meant it was bound to happen. Meeting Joel Drummond who was the local park ranger, she found a kindred spirit – but danger was around them, and not only from the possibility of a dangerous virus. Charlie was determined to do her job, and do it properly. But would she succeed? With the local police as back up and Joel by her side, she had to continue… Close to Home is another brilliant novel by Aussie author Pamela Cook. I love her work – Blackwattle Lake and Essie's Way are the author’s first two and I thoroughly enjoyed them both. Close to Home evolved from the author’s involvement with horses and the discussions about the pros and cons of the Hendra vaccine. It is a wonderful story full of great descriptions of the rural environment plus small town people, with everything from strong characters, romance and tragedy. Entertainment plus which I have no hesitation in recommending highly.With thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for my copy to read and review. . Close to Home is a Ebook A captivating story that shows the only thing harder than letting go is moving on.Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life Not that she minds she has her work as a vet and most days that s enough Most days But when she s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus,A captivating story that shows the only thing harder than letting go is moving on.Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life Not that she minds she has her work as a vet and most days that s enough Most days But when she s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past, her dedication to the job and her attraction to a handsome local.Travelling to Naringup means coming face to face with what is left of her dysfunctional family her cousin Emma, who begged Charlie not to leave all those years ago, and her aunt Hazel, who let her go without a backwards glance But it also means relying on the kindness of strangers and, when she meets local park ranger Joel Drummond, opening her heart to the possibility of something .As tensions in the country town rise, can Charlie reconcile with the past and find herself a new future in the town she left so long ago. Pamela writes Rural Women s Fiction Her debut novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published by Hachette in December 2012 and her second, Essie s Way, in December 2013 Her third novel, Close To Home was released in July 2015 The Crossroads is due for release in December 2016As the mother of three daughters Pamela takes a keen interest in women s issues and lives She divides her time between the southern suburbs of Sydney and the beautiful south coast of NSW.Pamela teaches creative writing workshops and online courses through her business Justwrite Publishing justwrite and is especially passionate about encouraging beginning writers She is a writer ambassador for Room to Read, an organisation that promotes literacy and gender equality in developing countries Pamela loves to read, ride her horse Morocco, spend time with her family and, of course, write.. The best Ebook Close to Home Four and a half stars.After the death of her parents, Charlie Anderson went to live with her aunt Hazel and her cousin Emma in Naringup, a small town on the South coast of NSW. But conditions in that home are hard to cope with. Despite her deep bond with Emma, Charlie leaves when she turns eighteen. She has pretty much been a loner since. Living on the north coast she has not been back since, given the way things were with Emma when she left Naringup. That changes when working for the Department of Primary Industries as a vet, she is sent to Naringup to investigate an outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus. Her plan is to get in and out of town as quickly and quietly as possible. But those plans are soon thrown into disarray. I found this an interesting read. As one who lives on the south coast, it was interesting to try and pinpoint exactly where this fictional town was situated and the small town it may have been at least partly based on. The setting was very well conveyed. The story deals with small town life and differences of viewpoints, family relationships, grief, forgiveness, domestic violence and a budding romance. It was all well-handled and eminently readable. I liked Charlie and Joel, the park ranger. And I really like Jac, the policer officer. She is a good friend to Charlie. There is one character in the story that people will despise for his actions and attitudes. If you are a horse lover or a lover of fruit bats, you may finds some of the scenes distressing. But they are necessary to the story. Pace is maintained throughout but pace picks up rapidly towards the climax of the story. I think this is an excellent read from another great Aussie author.