It’s the opposite of love at first sight…or is it?
Dairy farmer Tabitha Cooper-Jones has a heart of gold, yet she’s the eternal bridesmaid. Everyone’s best mate. Despite facing some serious challenges over the years, she’s built a successful ice-cream business and cafe, she’s adored by her family and is an integral part of her hometown – there’s just one thing missing from her life. But the last thing Tab wants is a man – or worse, love – to stop her achieving her dream.
In town for a temporary teaching contract, Fergus McWilliams thinks the small community of Walsh will be the perfect place to stay under the radar but he couldn’t be more wrong. Suddenly, the kids’ cricket team coached by Ferg is inundated with female supporters – single female supporters – and that’s only the beginning.
The only woman who doesn’t seem to have her sights set on Ferg is Tabitha. Despite a disastrous first meeting and a visit from a past love, circumstances keep throwing them together. Neither can deny the sparks between them, but can friendship even be possible for these two strong-willed people?
A moving story of overcoming obstacles and learning to love, from ABIA award-winning author Rachael Johns.
Series: Rose Hill
Number Of Pages: 368
Available: 20th April 2020
Something to Talk About is going to get those chins wagging, and you will ﬁnd yourself talking about it. Rachael Johns’ second installment in this series is an absolute winner. This rural romance is set in the ﬁctional towns of Rose Hill and Walsh. Two small towns whose residents have some very big hearts. Tabitha Copper-Jones is one of them and despite her disability she does not let anything get in her way. Tabitha is a character that you are going to love, she warmed my heart in the ﬁrst book and continued in this book.
Fergus McWilliams is the new relief primary school teacher, and being a new member of the town, he is now the talk of the town. All the single women of the town are interested in Ferg, and who wouldn’t be, he’s McDreamy!!!
This story will pull at your heart strings and you will feel every single emotion with the characters. You really will feel like you are right there in the town living with them. Rachael has done an amazing job of making her characters so relatable and writing the scenery to perfection.
So many times I tried to imagine what towns these ﬁctional towns were written on. Living in the South West of WA where it is set in cattle country. Towns mentioned in the story of Bunbury, Harvey and Brunswick are all just down the road. Do you ﬁnd yourself thinking where is written on, when a book is set in your local area?
As I have said this is the second book in this series but if you ﬁnd yourself wanting to read it before Talk of The Town, then go ahead as it can be read as a stand-alone. But I will say this, you will spoil the ﬁrst book by reading the second one ﬁrst, your choice!!!
I want to thank @harlequinaus and @netgalley for gifting me digital ARC.
This book has made it into my Top Pick of 2020
About the Author
Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, a Diet Coke addict, a podcast junkie and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. A lover of romance and women’s fiction, Rachael loves nothing more than sitting in bed with her laptop and electric blanket and imagining her own stories.
In 2016 The Patterson Girls was named General Fiction Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards. Rachael has finaled in a number of other of competitions, including the Australian Romance Readers Awards. Jilted won Favourite Australian Contemporary Romance for 2012, The Patterson Girls won the same award for 2015 and she was voted in the Top Ten of Booktopia’s Favourite Australian Author poll in 2013.
Rachael lives in the Perth hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly gorgeous heroes-in-training, two ginger cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly-behaved dog.
To find out more, visit Rachael on her website.
Competition on Facebook and Instagram
As many of you know, Rachael always run a #shelfie contest when she releases a new book. Sadly this time that feels a bit problematic As many people are choosing to buy online as they do their bit to stop the spread! So Rachael and her publisher had a fun idea of running a ‘RECREATE THE COVER’ contest instead!
Rachael has provided a example below, but if you take up the challenge to recreate the cover of SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT then post it to Facebook or Instagram (be sure to tag Rachael), you’ll go in the draw to win a Rachael Johns’ tote bag, a SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT mug, bookmark and a $100 Booktopia voucher.
Be creative – feel free to use different hats, boots, whatever!!
The winner will be drawn on May 15th and announced on Rachael’s Facebook and Instagram pages! https://www.facebook.com/RachaelJohnsRomance/
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