Review & Giveaway: Driftwood by Mandy Magro

Title: Driftwood

Author: Mandy Magro

Published: Harlequin MIRA November 2013

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read on November 06, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Dual narratives unfold in Driftwood, Mandy Magro’s engaging fourth Australian rural fiction novel.

In 1861, wanted bushranger William Campbell and his beloved, Anne Margaret Willow, are forced to flee the Goldbury Township of New South Wales, changing their names to evade the law.  They settle in Northern Queensland, purchasing Waratah Station and work hard to leave their past behind them, building a future for their family.
In the present day, Taylor Whitworth has fled the city, and the expectations of her family, to pursue her dream of country living, when she stumbles into the tiny Northern Queensland town of Driftwood. Taylor immediately feels at home and within days has gained an apartment, a job in the local pub and an invitation by the handsome Jay Donnellson, to join the next muster on Waratah Station as a jillaroo.

Though I thought there were a few minor issues with the writing, the dialogue was sometimes stilted and the pacing a little uneven, I enjoyed the stories presented in both timelines of Driftwood.

The historical period involves a tale of bushranging, corruption, murder and a beautiful love story touched by both tragedy and joy. The present day timeline focuses on the budding romance between Taylor and Jay but is also deepened by the mystery of Taylor’s father, a man she believes is dead, and enlivened by a cyclone that threatens to destroy everything. Fate eventually reveals the tie between the two timelines, and Taylor’s affinity for Driftwood.

Music is an important part of this novel, Taylor is a talented songstress and Australian country and western singer Adam Brand has an extended cameo in Driftwood. Though I am not much of a country music fan I thought he was a sweetheart after watching his participation in Dancing With the Stars and I really enjoyed his role in the novel. In the video clip below, Adam Brand sings one of the songs mentioned in Driftwood.

A quick read, Driftwood is an engaging story of love and drama with appealing characters and an interesting plot to satisfy fans of both contemporary and historical romance.

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1 print edition of Driftwood to giveaway

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Nov 07, 2013 @ 20:59:08

    The classic ‘A Pub with No Beer’ by Slim Dusty still rates with me. :)


  2. Samantha
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 10:52:23

    Ladies Love Country Boys by Trace Adkins

    I just recently heard this and love it, I’m defiantly one of the girls who loves country boys :)


  3. Mary Preston
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 13:10:24

    I’ve always had a thing for Johnny Cash. Love his voice. No particular favourite as regards his songs.


  4. Lesdeemac
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 14:18:46

    I’ve always been a big fan of Merle Haggard, but I just love Adam Brand singing The Good Things in Life.


  5. Paula C
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 15:44:31

    Top of my long list is Keith Urban :)


  6. Ilonka Bruce
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 16:14:32

    Too many to list but Lee Kernaghan is a great Aussie country and western singer.


  7. Daystarz Books
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 18:27:38

    I know I should probably have an Aussie fave but I just love Garth Brooks


  8. brendat59
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 19:43:21

    Kenny Rogers :)


  9. Kathryn White (@KathrynsInbox)
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 20:44:55

    I don’t know if it counts as a real country and western song, but Misty by Ray Stevens.


  10. Katrina Stubbs
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 01:16:20

    I think dolly parton is an exceptional country singer.she has been around for years and her songs are so inspirational


  11. Angel Reads
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 10:27:35

    This is going to sounds like i’m a little girl, but Taylor Swift especially her old music.


  12. womblywoo
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 09:37:58

    John Williamson’s “Rip Rip Woodchip”


  13. cher haining
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 22:51:41

    My favorite is THE McCLYMONT SISTERS, I have seen them live, love their work especially “Piece of Me” , love Aussie C&W, Kev Carmody, Lee Kernahan, Adam Brand, the list goes on


  14. Jo
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 08:10:21

    “I love to have a beer with Duncan” is memorable for me, because I always substitute Duncan with my brother’s name. He is the only person I enjoy a beer with.


  15. Helen Rodgers
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 15:28:36

    John Williamson … poetry to my ears!


  16. Maria P
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 17:45:12

    Keith Urban has a gorgeous voice.


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