Lonely in Longreach by Eva Scott. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; published 2 September 2020**
Widower Sam has no time for love when he has his farm to work on and is busy trying to connect with his teenage son Levi. Levi and his best friend Maddie are busy thinking about their future plans to move to Sydney after high school graduation in two years. But Levi is worried about his dad being alone so Maddie decides to play matchmaker…
Journalist Sarah has a good job, a nice boyfriend and a safe life in Sydney but feels there’s more to life. After seeing a dating profile for ‘Lonely in Longreach’, she starts working on an article about finding love in the outback. Could the man behind the dating profile be the key to the passion she’s been looking for?
I always find myself hesitant to pick up a rural romance, I’m not sure why… because there really is so many quality Australian rural romances and this one is definitely included in that. I read this one in a few hours because it was just so easy to read and engaging: if it was a movie, you’d call it a rom-com for sure. Levi and Maddie are highlights in the story; classic teenagers with good intentions but clearly not thinking forward as to how it would play out in reality haha. Sarah and Sam were both super likeable and I think all readers will be cheering them on with their love story.
If you are looking for a light-hearted modern romance then this one is definitely for you!