Up on Horseshoe Hill – Penelope Janu


A kiss can change your life …

Jemima Kincaid loves her home, her horses and her job as a farrier. Life has not been kind to her, but Jemima is happy in the close-knit rural community of Horseshoe Hill, which rallied around in her hour of need. Even so, she is fiercely independent and will never rely on anyone again.

Particularly a man like Finn Blackwood.

An infuriatingly attractive geneticist and wild animal vet, Finn threatens not only the serenity of Jemima’s present, but that of the future she has so carefully mapped out. But as their paths continue to cross, she finds her attraction to Finn impossible to counter, even as the trauma of her past threatens to undo her. Finn is fascinated by Jemima’s solitary nature and unique vulnerabilities but Jemima knows all about loss and how to avoid it. Don’t let anyone get close in the first place …

As the past begins to cast long shadows, Jemima and Finn discover that a kiss can bring worlds together-or tear them apart. Will they finally face their fears and find love on Horseshoe Hill?

My review

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Thank you to @hqstories and @harpercollinsaustralia for sending me a proof copy of Up on Horseshoe Hill in exchange for my honest review.

This is a story of loss and finding out how to live life whilst being mindful, rather than fearful, of the unexpected.

Jemima, a Farrier, who lives in a small rural town meets Finn, wild animal vet and geneticist. Finn upsets the balance that Jemima believes she has in her life. Will his presence create disturbance or will he truly provide balance and insight in her life?

Finn’s employment to investigate a horrific incident is one which Jemima has tried to put behind her. Their relationship is realistic and their romance is turbulent, yet considerate, and also steamy in sections of the novel.

I particularly connected with the author’s understanding of grief and loss. It was refreshing to read a novel in which a character has had challenges in life and yet, those challenges are still a part of her, rather than being something she must overcome. Grief isn’t anything to overcome, rather to learn how to live each day in a way that we honour our loved ones. Penelope Janu does this beautifully.

Another aspect that I enjoyed was the small town feel. I wanted to be a part of this town that gives support and love to its community members.

The romance in the novel is realistic. I did become impatient with Finn and Jemima at times. This is true to life in respect to human characteristics and their ability and inability to act on their feelings.

Up on Horseshoe Hill is a novel that I would recommend and one that as I think about and review my thoughts on, I realise that I like it more and more based on numerous areas of the novel.


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