Author: Elisabeth Rose
Publication Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 263
Part of a Series: No
- Australian Fiction
- Changing/Dual Perspectives
- Country vs. City
- Elevators –Fiction; Romance fiction
- Love stories
- Man-woman relationships – Fiction
- Single Parent
- Widowers – Fiction
Geographical Setting/ Time Period: Present Day Australia (Sydney; Birrigai)
- Brad Harding- a single father of two girls; an artist; environmentalist
- Gina Tait- busy business woman; smart; practical
Appeal: The story line is character driven with a fast pace. The tone is heartwarming and romantic. However, the romantic aspect is mild containing pulse quickening kissing sessions. The romance is more the relationship struggles of two opposites pining for each other with changing perspectives of the main characters. Likewise, there is a lot of internal dialogue. The story is set in Australia and contains the charm of language and exotic location.
Brief quote: “What was she seeing, or trying to avoid seeing? A man she wouldn’t normally touch with a barge pole? A man she found unattractive in the extreme? Everyone looks attractive in the dark” (43).
Prizes or Awards: None
Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti. Opposites attraction. dual perspectives. Set outside the US; variation of Country vs. City
Chain Lightening by Elizabeth Lowell. Also set in Australia; Character-driven plot.
Coming Home by Elisabeth Rose. Same author; Also set in Australia; Unexpected love
Reviewer’s Name: Julia Robinson
Adapted from Saricks, Joyce G. and Nancy Brown. Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library 2nd. Chicago: ALA, 1997.