IT was part of this book, Man Drought, that first introduced me to Rachael Johns. She was doing a reading at a romance readers’ convention in Brisbane and the scene was one that I fell for instantly (a devastatingly embarrassing scene with a vibrator).
I bought her book that day (and only now getting round to reviewing! Apologies!).
Man Drought is the story of Imogen who buys a country pub to kick-start a new life after the unfortunate death of her husband.
Enter the hard-to-know Gibson Black, a farmer who rues the new woman and her annoying habit of inflicting change on the small community.
While it’s been some time since I read Man Drought, scenes return to me like vivid dreams, such is the charm of Johns’ storytelling.
Having also been well acquainted with the country pub scene in my youth (mum was a barmaid), I really enjoyed not only the setting and quintessential manliness, but how Imogen goes about making the local watering hole inviting to all.