Author // Karly Lane
Publication Date // November 2017
Publisher // Arena (Allen & Unwin)
Readership // Adult
Genre // Fiction
Australian RRP // $29.99
Rating // ✭✭✭✭☆
I received a copy of Six Ways to Sunday from the published in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A rip-roaring tale about a woman determined to stand up for her convictions at the risk of jeopardising her future with the man she loves.
When city naturopath Rilee Summers meets gorgeous farmer Dan Kincaid, sparks fly. A whirlwind romance follows, and the next thing Rilee knows she’s married and living on her husband’s family property in a small rural community.
Never one to shy from a challenge, Rilee is determined to win over her in-laws and the townsfolk of nearby Pallaburra, but her city ways and outspoken views only seem to alienate her further.
Opening her own naturopathy practice has always been her dream. Although Pallaburra isn’t Sydney, and despite the fact she’s not exactly inundated with new clients, she’s not ready to give up. Things get even worse for Rilee when she champions the issue of teen pregnancies in the deeply conservative town.
Worn down by the ill-will towards her and what she sees as Dan’s lack of support, Rilee flees the station to think about the future. Can her marriage survive – or is she destined to leave Dan and move back to the city?
Six Ways to Sunday is a rip-roaring tale about a woman determined to stand up for her convictions even at the risk of jeopardising the future she envisaged with the man she loves.
Six Ways to Sunday is a story of a woman unafraid to stand up for herself and her beliefs in a small town where change doesn’t come easy, and boy was it a great read.
Rilee Summers, a city-born naturopath meets Dan Kincaid while working a Buck’s party in a bar, sparks fly and a whirlwind romance and marriage follow. Before she knows it, she’s living out on his family’s farm, learning to deal with difficult inlaws, the law of the land and the difficulties faced by city-folk moving to small country towns. She’s determined not to let her marriage fail, or give up her dreams, but managing both don’t come easy.
What I love about Six Ways to Sunday (and all of the Karly Lane’s books that I’ve read so far) is how relatable the characters are. Rilee is a smart, savvy woman, who knows what she wants in her life – she’s worked how to get to where she is in life, and is determined to make a career out of being a naturopath, despite the obstacles that are thrown in her path. She’s also strong and compassionate, and champions the issue of teen pregnancies in small towns, because she sees the need for those teenagers to have a voice in a community that looks the other way.
Her relationships with the other characters also felt raw and real; her struggles with connecting to Dan’s parents (who had other plans for their son) and his siblings in the face of their shot-gun wedding were palpable, as was the way both she and Dan struggle to define their relationship after such a short time of knowing one another. The way people reacted to her less-than-perfect knowledge of farming was also real and confronting for her as she tries to find ways to connect with people and experiences that are all new to her.
It’s always wonderful to have a book you can pick up and know that you’re going to enjoy it, and Six Ways to Sunday definitely fits that bill for me. It’s a glimpse into a life I don’t lead, but can recognise aspects of and identify with the characters in ways that other books just don’t do for me.
This is the perfect Summer read.
I gave Six Ways to Sunday 4.75 out of 5 stars.