A pitch-perfect rural romance from the bestselling author of Magpie’s Bend.
Diana McIntyre and her four boys have had a tough eighteen months but with the love and support of her family, she believes their lives are finally back on track. Diana’s dream of starting a flower farm has been the perfect diversion, with an elderly dahlia expert showing her the ropes. She won’t have to do this alone.
Locum pharmacist and single dad Ned Gardiner hasn’t called Victoria home for years. However, his father’s death forces Ned to return to the family farm, a place that holds few happy memories for him. Dealing with his estranged mother and sorting his father’s affairs, he plans on leaving as soon as possible, but what will it take for Ned to put down roots?
With six children between them, can this pair juggle families, farms and an unlooked-for romance?
We were first introduced to the Maya Linnell’s McIntyre sister series in 2019 with Wildflower Ridge. Since then, Linnell has delivered bestsellers Bottlebrush Creek and Magpie’s Bend, both of which were exceedingly popular with our readers, making our Better Reading Top 100 list. Now she returns with Paperbark Hill, the fourth and final instalment in this heart-warming series.
Whenever I pick up a Linnell novel, I know a purely blissful read lies ahead. She excels at delivering warm-hearted, escapist stories, all set against a gorgeous country backdrop. If you’re looking for some much-needed time to yourself, pick up Paperbark Hill, and fall into the world of the McIntyre sisters.
The chemistry between leads Diana and Ned was palpable. Both characters are dealing with a lot when they cross paths – from Diana’s fledgling flower farm to Ned’s family affairs – yet love soon blossoms. Finding love is difficult enough with kids, but throwing six together for a cheaper-by-the-dozen scenario is always a recipe for good, heart-warming fun.
With the chill of winter well and truly here, there’s no better book to curl up with on a quiet, lazy day. And don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books in Linnell’s series, they can all be read as standalones. Although, if you really want to treat yourself, I recommend you start from the beginning and work your way through each of these fabulous stories – trust me, you won’t regret it.