Snowy Mountains Daughter by Alissa Callen. (2021).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel; published 3 February 2021**
Peony flower farmer Clancy has always lived in small-town Bundilla and plans to stay there, even if that means remaining single. The man she’d loved is long gone.
Street artist Heath escaped his complicated family and moved to the city. Now he’s back to paint a mural for the town but the animosity from his father is still there so he’ll be gone again soon.
But between steadfast Clancy (his muse), Bundy (a free-spirited town kelpie), and a corrosive family secret, Heath’s plans disintegrate. When life backs him into a corner will he have no choice to leave or will he and Clancy have the second chance they’d both thought was out of reach?
I was happy to read at the end in the author’s note that this will be the start of a series in the town of Bundilla because it was really enjoyable. While at times I did want to slap Clancy and Heath for being so silly and not realising that the other also had feelings, I appreciated that the romance wasn’t over the top and was subtle: it was a long lasting genuine love. I also liked the domestic drama storylines as well as the small-town vibes where everyone is up in everyone else’s business. There was a whole cast of side characters that were all really likeable and/or intriguing so I’m interested to see of those who will be the feature of the next book! Also very much look forward to seeing more of Bundy the dog, I loved the concept of a dog who just stays with whoever he feels needs him.
Overall: I’d happily recommend this Australian rural romance that features some domestic drama.