Close to Home

Close to Home A captivating story that shows the only thing harder than letting go is moving on Orphaned at thirteen Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life Not that she minds she has her work as a

  • Title: Close to Home
  • Author: PamelaCook
  • ISBN: 9780733633928
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • A captivating story that shows the only thing harder than letting go is moving on.Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life Not that she minds she has her work as a vet and most days that s enough Most days But when she s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus,A captivating story that shows the only thing harder than letting go is moving on.Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life Not that she minds she has her work as a vet and most days that s enough Most days But when she s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past, her dedication to the job and her attraction to a handsome local.Travelling to Naringup means coming face to face with what is left of her dysfunctional family her cousin Emma, who begged Charlie not to leave all those years ago, and her aunt Hazel, who let her go without a backwards glance But it also means relying on the kindness of strangers and, when she meets local park ranger Joel Drummond, opening her heart to the possibility of something .As tensions in the country town rise, can Charlie reconcile with the past and find herself a new future in the town she left so long ago

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    • Dale Harcombe says:

      Four and a half stars.After the death of her parents, Charlie Anderson went to live with her aunt Hazel and her cousin Emma in Naringup, a small town on the South coast of NSW. But conditions in that home are hard to cope with. Despite her deep bond with Emma, Charlie leaves when she turns eighteen. She has pretty much been a loner since. Living on the north coast she has not been back since, given the way things were with Emma when she left Naringup. That changes when working for the Department [...]

    • Veronica ⭐️ says:

      3.5 stars ”It was one thing to put the past behind you, but it was another thing entirely to pretend that it never existed.”You don’t need to be a horse lover to enjoy this story of letting go of the past and moving forward but it will definitely appeal to all horse lovers. Cook’s love of horses shines through in her writing.Charlie is sent to Naringup to investigate a possible Hendra related horse death. The only problem is Naringup used to be the place she called home and when she left [...]

    • Brenda says:

      Working as a vet for the Department of Primary Industries was a job Charlie Anderson loved. She’d worked hard to get to the position she was in, and knew she was also good at her job. After losing her way for a little while when she was young – the death of her parents when she was thirteen was a major turning point in her life, and even now, in her late twenties, she still grieved for them at times. But her memories of the home she’d had after they died; with an aunt she hadn’t really k [...]

    • MaryG2E says:

      Although Dr Charlie Anderson is based in Lismore, northern NSW, her boss Alex at the Department of Primary Industry has asked her to look into an alleged outbreak of Hendra virus in southern NSW, because of her advanced knowledge and expertise. Reluctantly she travels back to the town which she left under grim circumstances many years earlier, Naringup. She faces stiff opposition from the local community as she embarks on an investigation into a potentially fatal virus, not helped by her residua [...]

    • Sharon says:

      Charlie Anderson works hard and long hours as a vet. Having lost both her parents when she was just thirteen, Charlie has experienced first hand what it's like to feel alone at a youthful age and although now she is in her twenties she still misses them as each day passes. When Charlie is sent to a little town in the New South Wales coast to find out about a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus she is not sure if she's ready to face her past. Dealing with her past is one thing, but when [...]

    • Talking Books says:

      It’s a story that you just enjoy reading, that flowed well and that kept this reader completely engrossed from start to finish with many confrontations within the story that are both nail bitingly well written and equally heart-poundingly shocking.4 stars*Review copy received for the publisher

    • MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under says:

      Charlie Anderson works for the Department of Primary Industries in NSW as a Vet, a job that she is passionate about and one which leaves no time for her to dwell on the fractured and dysfunctional family life she left behind a long time ago until she receives a phone call from her boss requesting her to investigate a possible outbreak of the Hendra Virus.Much to her dismay, it is this outbreak that precipitates her return to her home town of Naringup – a place she thought she’d never visit a [...]

    • Julia Mckenzie says:

      An enthralling read that keeps you turning the pages.This is a book that tackles a variety of issues. An animal virus outbreak, a broken family, a bullying and violent husband, an intelligent and good looking guy from National Parks and a number of other strong characters that keep you interested throughout. It is extremely well written and raises and deals with all of the issues in a proper and measured way. No gloss, it is what it is And it draws you in and makes you think. Charlie, the lead c [...]

    • marlin1 says:

      At 13 years old Charlie Anderson is sent to her Aunt's place in Naringup, country NSW, to live after the tragic death of her parents. Life is so different and circumstances of her aunts' family life do not make for happy years. Charlie puts all her energy into getting good schooling marks to allow her to move far away.She puts the past behind her and has become successful as a vet working for the DPI. But a suspected outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus sees her back in the place she worked so ha [...]

    • Lily Malone says:

      I enjoyed learning about Hendra virus and community reactions to it, via this book. It's obvious the author has conducted her research and this certainly came through.For me, I enjoyed the start and set-up the most. After halfway I found the book slightly slow. I think that for me, the Hendra storyline overshadowed development of the characters. Having got to the end, I'm not sure I feel I really know Charlie and Joel?This might also be due to me looking for more romance in the book and more ten [...]

    • Samantha says:

      Close to home - Coming Home. When Charlie is assigned to a possible Hendra Virus case the last thing she is expecting is that it is in the Home town she fled from so many years before. She hopes to get in and out without being noticed too much. She is in for a shock when she finds out where the outbreak is. The terror and fear all comes back to haunt her as she deals with violence towards herself and others. She is certainly not expecting to find herself attracted to a red hot park ranger either [...]

    • Jo Carey says:

      Charlie Anderson didn't have it easy in the beginning and has worked hard to get past it. But she hasn't really dealt with it.Now she has been thrown in it. A suspected case of Hendra virus has been reported and DPI worker Charlie is the most qualified person to deal with it. Unfortunately it falls in her estranged family's backyard. Charlie must deal with the outbreak and a past she had hoped never to see again.This was a quite quick read.Another late night actually. Free uncorrected proof than [...]

    • Jessica Lerch says:

      This book was such an easy read, had me hooked from the first chapter & I barely put it down till it was finished. It was a great story with some great humor, romance & I even shed a tear. Definitely recommend it.Review copy received from the publisher.

    • Cassie Hamer says:

      More than rural romance, this is a smart piece of fiction from Pamela Cook that engages the heart and the mind. Full review at bookbirdy/2015/06/05/revie

    • A Reader's Heaven says:

      (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for half her life. Not that she minds - she has her work as a vet and most days that's enough. Most days. But when she's sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past, her dedication to the job and her attraction to a [...]

    • Laura says:

      This was ok. There was nothing specifically wrong with it but I thought the most exciting aspect was the hendra virus itself and not so much the relationships that seemed to be the point of everything. For the most part I just wasn’t all that riveted by anything and I didn’t really feel it was worth what I spent on it.

    • Sam Still Reading says:

      Close to Home is a book that fulfils my need for rural Australian stories that are fun to read, with a dash of romance. It stands out from the pack though for integrating a dose of science into the story (please, don’t turn away now – it’s well done and never boring) with the heroine being a vet and the plot being treatment of a suspected Hendra virus outbreak. (Hendra affects horses, but can also make the jump to humans. There have been several outbreaks in Australia – this story deals [...]

    • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews says:

      4.5 starsThe tragic hendra virus is the main topic featured in Australian author Pamela Cook’s third novel, Close to Home. Charlie Anderson is Cook’s lead character, a hardworking vet determined to do as much as she can to contain a hendra outbreak in the country town of Naringup. Charlie has worked hard to escape the clutches of the town she spent most of her childhood. Sent to live with her aunt Hazel at 13 after the death of her parents, Charlie grew up in an unhappy home. Academic succes [...]

    • Alicia says:

      I received the book for free through First Reads.Close to Home was a gentle rural romance set in a fictional town on the New South Wales South coast. I am using romance in the loose sense that there was a love interest, and we get a happy ending. Nothing overly mushy or detailed. It mostly centred around a suspected Hendra virus outbreak, and the main character’s job to identify and contain it. Despite the turmoil and drama that does occur I still found it to be a sweet, easy read. Very cruis [...]

    • Tien says:

      I have really enjoyed reading outback romances as they usually involve animals and nature. In a way, this is like a sea-change or tree-change vicariously through these characters. The sounds and smell of the train fade away and I’ll be in the wide open spaces of the Australian outback. If you’ve not tried any outback romances yet, I’d recommend it. This is also my first Pamela Cook and I’m keen to check out her other 2 books.I found Close to Home a little bit like one of those science th [...]

    • Stacey Houllis says:

      This is the first Pamela Cook, book I have read and I enjoyed it very much. I learned a few things about the Hendra virus that can affect horses. It is the story Charlie who years ago from her Aunties homes as she goes gone to live there after parents death. Her Uncle abused her aunt and Charlie didn't leave on good terms with her aunt and cousin Emma. When she returns 6 years later now a vet with the DPI she has investigate an outbreak of the Hendra Virus on farm that turns out to be Emma and h [...]

    • Wendy says:

      This was a great holiday read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in NSW there is a Hendra virus outbreak and the closest vet to the infected area is Charlie. Being orphaned at a young age she has a lot of trepedation on returning to the town she grew up in due to a lot of past history. She meets Joel, the local park ranger, who becomes the love of her life. It was a quick and easy read that captured the essence of Australian life in asmall town and the descriptions of the flora and fauna only adde [...]

    • Jeannette says:

      This was a very enjoyable read.  I felt for the main character and while I know the genre pretty much guarantees me a happy ending, Pamela's stories still hook me. I like that, despite the rural genre, Pamela does not rely on the hero and heroine 'formula'. Her characters are relatable and I found the topic of Hendra Viris and the affects it had on the community enlightening. There is at least one character that gets what he deserves, if not two!! Well done and I look forward to the next book.

    • Simone says:

      Thankyou for my free copy. I really enjoyed Close to Home once I started reading I couldn't put the book down. The storyline is a good mix of romance, sadness, drama and humour which flows well throughout with the descriptive writing and well developed characters all coming together for a really great read. I would really love a sequal to this book to find out what happens next.

    • Zoe Jones says:

      Absolutely loved this book. So much knowledge and research would have gone into this story! I was not able to put down the book. It was that kind of book I passed around to all my friends because it was that good.

    • Julie says:

      Loved this book from a local Aussie author. Dysfunctional family relationships, domestic violence, hendra virus - sounds depressing? Charlie, the heroine, deals with it all - a modern strong woman.More books please Pamela Cook!

    • Angela Dennis says:

      What a beautiful book. I received my copy for free from , and it had me hooked from the first page till the last of my favourite sorts of books, Australian rural romance. Would highly recommend it, and will be reading more from Pamela Cook

    • Melissa Woods says:

      Oh my. Just loved how this story was made to be a beautiful story about horses and about family and love. The drama in the story kept me reading until it was finished. Thank you for writing such a captivating story.

    • Leanne Jones says:

      This book wasn't too my taste and only got halfway before passing the book to my friend who owns horses. She really enjoyed Close To Home. She loved the budding romance and how the storyline involved her favourite animal.

    • Lyn says:

      An excellent read. The story is well developed and comes to a natural conclusion. Her best book yet.

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