Standing Strong (Wattle Creek #2)

Publisher details

Standing Strong (Wattle Creek #2)
Author
Fiona McCallum
Publisher
Harlequin
Genre
Fiction
Released
01 April, 2016

Synopsis

Why we love it: Bestseller Fiona McCallum returns to the tight-knit town of Wattle Creek and Jacqueline and Damien as they all band together in the face of adversity. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdF9eIzDzAM[/embed]Click here to find out how your community could win $2000 towards a cause of their own, thanks to Standing Strong and Harlequin Books.The follow-up to her 2012 bestseller, Wattle Creek, Standing Strong returns to the town of Wattle Creek where psychologist Jacqueline Havelock is starting to feel properly settled. She has a rewarding job, is making new friends, and beginning to explore her blossoming feelings for local farmer Damien. He too seems more at peace as he works on his new animal shelter, Esperance, and slowly comes further out of his shell.To Jacqueline, it all feels suspiciously too good to be true. When she comes face to face with a tough ethical situation, Jacqueline realises that she may have to choose between her career and her heart – or is there another way to keep the job, town, and man she loves?If you enjoyed Wattle Creek, you’ll be itching to get back to the community of characters McCallum has created. Ethel (Damien’s lovable aunt and Josephine’s neighbour) returns, with as much quirky kindness as ever. There’s Josephine’s boss, Doctor Squire, who might just end up being full of surprises. We also get to see more of both Josephine and Damien’s respective families, and understand how their family backgrounds shaped who they each became.Standing Strong is upfront about the challenges of living in a rural Australian town. There’s the changeable weather, of course, bushfires are a very real danger to Wattle Creek in the novel and many other towns across Australia every summer. But there is also that lack of privacy that can arise when everyone seems to know everyone else’s business, which Jacqueline can find difficult.Of course it also shows the many positives. As Wattle Creek unites in support of Jacqueline, we see what a difference she has made already made to the town, and how much each and every member of the community appreciates and respects one another.As she did in Wattle Creek, McCallum takes a look at the stigma around men’s mental health. Damien’s struggle with his grief is what led him to meet Jacqueline in the first place, and he is still working through some tough issues, including his broken relationship with mother Tina. At the same time he is discovering his life’s vocation as he works to save animals through his new shelter, with beloved dog Squish by his side.Standing Strong considers duty, how to do what you know is right even when it’s emotionally challenging. With its relatable characters, dialogue and issues, this is a novel that will ring true for many readers, and is a triumphant return to the town of Wattle Creek.#84 in Australia's Top 100 2016Watch our live interview with Fiona below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8finu9DBYz8
Fiona McCallum
About the author

Fiona McCallum

Fiona McCallum spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside a small town on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. An avid reader and writer, she decided at age nine that she wanted to be the next Enid Blyton! She is the author of PaychequeNowhere Else, Wattle Creek, Saving Grace, Time will Tell and Meant to Be.

Books by Fiona McCallum

Related articles

Summing up Summer: The Better Reading Team Chooses their Seasonal Highlights

News | Book Life

27 February 2020

Summing up Summer: The Better Reading Team Chooses their Seasonal Highlights

    Endless Children’s Adventures: New Audio Books for February

    News | Book Life

    27 February 2020

    Endless Children’s Adventures: New Audio Books for February

    At the Gym, in the Park, in the Bath... Where Do You Read?

    News | Book Life

    27 February 2020

    At the Gym, in the Park, in the Bath... Where Do You Read?

      Announcing the CBCA Book of the Year Award Notables List for 2020

      News | Awards

      26 February 2020

      Announcing the CBCA Book of the Year Award Notables List for 2020

      Podcast: Fiona Lowe on how her Previous Career Helped her Write for Women

      Podcast

      25 February 2020

      Podcast: Fiona Lowe on how her Previous Career Helped her Write for Women

        A Good Book Should Take You to Places You Have Never Been Before: Q&A with Jackie French

        News | Author Related

        25 February 2020

        A Good Book Should Take You to Places You Have Never Been Before: Q&A with Jackie French

        Authors On-The-Go: Helene Young on Keeping her Writing Afloat!

        News

        24 February 2020

        Authors On-The-Go: Helene Young on Keeping her Writing Afloat!

          Dr Rupy Aujla Talks About Cooking and Food as Medicine

          Podcast

          24 February 2020

          Dr Rupy Aujla Talks About Cooking and Food as Medicine

            Supporting Local Bookshops After the Bushfires

            News | Book Life

            20 February 2020

            Supporting Local Bookshops After the Bushfires

              Art for Wildlife

              News | Book Life

              20 February 2020

              Art for Wildlife

              COMMENTS

              Leave a Reply

              Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *