Meet Me in Bendigo by Eva Scott. (2021).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 28 July 2021**
Annalisa is running her family’s hardware shop in small-town Wongilly after experiencing tragedy. The store was hit by the pandemic and now a hardware superstore is opening. Annalisa will need to fight to keep her family’s legacy alive. Meanwhile she has been having a simple online relationship with GardenerGuy94 which is all she needs until she meets Ed Carpenter. Ed is sexy, too bad he’s trying to destroy her business…. Ed has come to town to offer Annalisa a payout to pave the way for his family’s next superstore. He didn’t expect her to be the woman he’s been talking to online. She is beautiful, passionate and the one for him. But how can he reveal the truth without losing her?
After reading a few dark and heavy novels, this one felt like a lovely fresh light spring breeze. The synopsis paints the picture pretty well: imagine an updated modern version of the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’, set in rural Australia. Is it a likely scenario? No, not really. But is it entertaining? You bet! I can also confirm that for those who like their romances ‘clean’, this one will suit your needs. Annalisa and Ed are both likeable characters and there’s a whole cast of side characters to enjoy. Lots of funny moments are included, and I think all readers will be cheering on their love story.
Overall: I’d highly recommend this one for anyone who enjoys rural Australian romance and/or rom-com movies; you’ll be in for a treat.