Books: Rural romance in White Gum Creek
A ROMANTIC and uplifting tale about two people haunted by their pasts, the story of White Gum Creek plays out against an authentically vivid rural backdrop.
Nick Langtree has lived reclusively on his farm, Winters Hill, ever since the tragic death of his wife. On the occasional trip into nearby White Gum Creek he keeps to himself and that's the way he likes it. And though over the last six years the townsfolk have tried to reach out to Nick, he's pushed them all away.
Whenever Nick comes into the Gumnut Bakery, Natasha Duroz tries to engage him in conversation when she serves him. There's something about him that intrigues Tash, but she's not sure if it's because she feels sorry for him or there's something more.
At last encouraged by the warmth of a few old and new friends, Nick gradually begins to re-engage with the outside world.
Then, suddenly, some minor vandalism on his farm escalates and odd things begin to happen on Winters Hill. Is someone out to hurt Nick or have his years of solitude been playing tricks on his mind?
This entrancing novel is about overcoming heartache and loss through the power of friendship and love.
Published by Allen & Unwin, Australian author Nicole Hurley-Moore's White Gum Creek is available in bookshops. RRP $29.99.