I have found another fantastic Australian author that everybody must read. Loretta Hill's latest drama is such a fun read, with unpredictable surprises, beautiful scenery and amazing food descriptors.
Check out some other review for this wonderful book. Read Shellyrae's review HERE from yesterday and look out for another fantastic Australian author, Jennifer Scoullar's post HERE tomorrow.
The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill
Released: 2nd January 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Random House Australia
From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots comes a heartwarming romantic comedy about three extraordinary women on a journey to find love and rediscover family.
All families have their problems. No more so than the Maxwells of Tawny Brooks Winery. Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, this world-renowned winery was the childhood home to three sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe.
Today all three women are enmeshed in their city lives and eager to forget their past - and their fractured sibling relationships. Until Phoebe decides to get married at home . . .
Now the sisters must all return to face a host of family obligations, vintage in full swing and interfering in-laws who just can't take a hint. As one romance blossoms and others fall apart, it seems they are all in need of some sisterly advice.
But old wounds cut deep. Somehow, The Maxwell Sisters must find a way back to one another – or risk losing each other forever.
Being an Australian book lover of course I had heard of the fabulous Loretta Hill, but hadn’t had a chance to read one of her books. When The Maxwell Sisters came along, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and being one of three daughters myself, I just had to see what the Maxwell sisters got up to. I absolutely loved this book, the real life drama, romance, humour and family loyalty were wonderful and the descriptive scenes of the area, just amazing.
Phoebe Maxwell is the youngest of the sisters, at 25 she’s a primary school teacher and the most positive person you could meet. No matter the circumstance, Phoebe will find a little ray of sunshine in every dark storm. Phoebe is marrying Christopher and after making a promise to her father, is on a mission to fix their broken family.
Eve Maxwell is the middle daughter and at age 27 is a talented sous-chef in Perth. She has been secretly in love with her best friend Spider for the past eight years and has been avoiding him since the fire a year ago.
Natasha Roberts (Maxwell) is the eldest and the daughter that has the most pressure on her. At age 30, her life has always gone to plan, with the successful career in marketing and the big house in the right suburb, until the last year when her life was turned upside down from a tragic event.
Each sister is keeping a secret and when Phoebe calls the family together, her sisters are hesitant because they don’t want their secrets discovered. A month before the wedding they all arrive at Tawny Brooks to help renovate the restaurant that was damaged a year ago. The plan is for the reception to be held there, but Eve is emotionally distraught.
As with all secrets, they cannot be kept for long and it seems that John “Mad” Maxwell knows them all anyway. His words of wisdom always seems to be the push each of his daughters need to find their path to happiness, but when his secret is discovered, will the girls be able to move forward.
We are introduced to Adam the winemaker, Heath the engineer and Natasha’s husband; Eric the gardener and Spider’s parents, Patricia and Graeme. Wedding preparations take a lot of patience and a lot of negotiation between families and this family is no different. Phoebe tries to keep a world war from breaking out between the mothers, while John keeps score on who wins each point.
Follow each sister through their month long stay at Tawny Brooks and discover what happened to the restaurant, what the secrets are and who finds love again. The Maxwell Sisters has something for everybody from love to heartache, tragic loss to new beginnings and mystery to discovering the truth. Ms Hill’s style is extraordinary and she had me rolling on the floor laughing to crying and everything in between. This is definitely a must read for all romance readers.
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About the Author
Loretta was born in Perth, Western Australia, the eldest of four girls. She enjoyed writing from a very early age, spinning stories almost as soon as she could read them.
She was first published in the West Australian Newspaper with a short story about a circus horse when she was eleven years old. They paid her ten dollars for it and she knew she’d found her calling.
She put her dream on hold however, to pursue a less risky career in engineering. Blessed with her fathers knack for science, she graduated from the University of Western Australia and began working as a structural engineer. She continued to create stories in her free time.
She now writes contemporary romances for Avalon Books under the name Loretta Brabant and mainstream commerical women’s fiction for Random House Australia under the name Loretta Hill. She is happily married with three young children. When Loretta isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, good food and travelling.