Summary: Desperate to get away from her family's expectations of success in love and in work, Dr Beth Harding leaves Sydney behind and takes a locum job at Iron Junction – a mining town in the distant Pilbara. With the mine growing at a rapid pace, the town full of contractors and tensions running high, Beth is convinced she’s made a huge mistake until she meets Will, a man who shares her dreams and could make the difference between going home and staying on.
For Will Walker, being born into cattle farming was never the life he wanted. He’s traded a broad-brim for a hard hat and headed down the mines. Iron Junction seems like just another gig in the long road that’s taking him even further from home. But in the lonely fly-in, fly-out life, he never counted on meeting Beth ...
But when Beth and Will discover that the choices they make will have far-reaching consequences neither could ever have imagined, they have a decision to make. Will they be brave enough to risk loving each other despite everything that stands in their way?
Title: Iron Junction
Series: Standalone but characters interlock
Author: Charlotte Nash
Publisher: Hatchette Australia
Released: 25th March 2014
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: via Publisher on NetGalley - thank you
I had the pleasure of attending a book signing showcasing Charlotte Nash and I have to say, what a beautifully down to earth amazing woman. Ms Nash is extremely talented and is such a busy lady, but still has time to visit with book lovers and share her stories. After meeting Ms Nash, I understood her book even more and realise how much knowledge this woman has; how she manages to use personal experiences to add heart and soul into her books. And of course I loved Iron Junction even without reading Ryders Ridge.
Dr Elizabeth Harding is on the run. Not telling her family that she left her fiancé and moved across the country, Beth is trying to discover what she truly wants in life. Beth has never really fit in with her younger sisters and with a Mother that doesn’t treat her with respect, she want be a disappointment.
Beth is a locum doctor out in the mining country of Western Australia. It is certainly a different environment for her, but she does love a challenge. Being a lover of photography, she headed out to find the picturesque outback. Too excited to realise what she did, Beth ended up with a flat battery in her vehicle and darkness creeping in. With the heat and the walking, Beth is quickly becoming dehydrated and heads for the highway.
Enter Will Walker, also a runaway, Will works around the mines as an engineer. Will is hiding a deep dark secret and cannot face his family either. He’s been transferred to Iron Junction and isn’t really that happy the change. Driving down the highway, he sees something moving along the side of the road in the dark. Will pulls over and finds it’s a woman.
Beth and Will are instantly attracted to each other, but reckon they are not good for each other. They fight their attraction, but without knowing anybody else in town tend to drift towards each other.
Something seems to be going on at the mine, there are more casualties than usual and the morale isn’t great either. Will keeps getting his questions knocked back, can he discover what is going on?
The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, but with their own secrets, it’s hard to give in to temptation. Beth’s contract is coming to a close, will she find another locum position or is it time to face her family and tell the truth?
What will happen with Will? Will he discover what is going on at the mine? What are their secrets that’s holding them back? Can they ever get it together and start a relationship?
With emergencies, natural disasters and secrets, Iron Junction has everything for a breath-taking romance. Intrigue, mystery, betrayal, following your heart and dreams and enjoying life is contained within this fantastic Australian outback rural romance. I highly recommend this fabulous author and cannot wait to read Ryders Ridge and find out what’s next.
About the Author
Charlotte Nash knows first-hand what she is writing about, having seen the Pilbara from the air, through the windscreen of a four-wheel-drive, from the top of the mining plant, and from remote operations, all while working as an engineer and investigator. She was born in England and grew up in the Redland Shire of Brisbane with a love for horses and heavy machinery, later studying both engineering and medicine. She subsequently worked for the CSIRO and for private industry, visiting mine sites and ports across Australia. These days, she is a technical writer and fiction author, and teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland. RYDERS RIDGE was her first novel.