‘One More Song’ by Nicki Edwards (My Review)

About the Book 

imagesCan a city boy and a country girl find a way to be together?

Harrison Baxter and Edwina Campbell lead completely different lives.

Much has changed for Harry since he escaped his hometown of Yallambah ten years ago, headed for the bright lights of the big city. Now he’s the star of Melbourne’s hottest musical, and feels more at home centre stage than anywhere else. Why bother going back to Yallambah to visit his parents when his father couldn’t care less about his success?

Meanwhile, nothing much has changed for Edwina in the last decade, which is exactly how she likes it. Eddie adores her career as a nurse and loves the Yallambah community – she can’t imagine living anywhere else. And even if she wanted to, she could never leave her beloved grandparents, who raised her like their own daughter. She’s not going to abandon them in their old age. Not for anything.

So when Harry and Eddie bump into each other on one of Harry’s flying visits home, their instant mutual attraction seems as pointless as it is intense. There’s no way they could ever make it work.

Or is there?

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I love this book so much! So much, in fact, I may need to read it again soon.

‘There was a sign in Nan’s kitchen: “No matter where I place my guests, they always like the kitchen best.”‘

There’s no doubt about it, Nicki Edwards knows how to tell an excellent story, how to develop her characters to perfection, and how to mingle so many of life’s most devastating issues within the story. It’s not about having sub-plots; no each character fits neatly into the main storyline, and everything comes together and evolves like a well-designed jig-saw puzzle.

The analogies used throughout this wonderful story are brilliant. The descriptions of scenery, people, and situations are magical. Whether dealing with issues of health, relationships, catastrophic disasters, or just life in general, Ms. Edwards handles all these matters with well-defined compassion and sensitivity.

‘The early morning sun dappled through the gum trees. Magpies warbled, singing songs to the pale blue sky. It actually felt good to be home,   … ‘

‘One More Song’ is a story of extreme heartache and happiness, love and loss, relationships, grief, and of letting go of pride and acknowledging one’s mistakes.

This book made me smile and laugh, cry and sob until the end.

Nicki’s style is second to none … I’ve loved her books since reading her debut novel ‘Intensive Care’, and not stopped reading since. This book, however, trumps the lot. I feel it is her best yet. I didn’t think anything could be better after ‘The Peppercorn Project’, but I’m proven wrong. I wonder what will come next? Will we lucky enough to hear more about Eddie and Harry? I certainly hope so.

I was provided with an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book by the author. At no time was I financially compensated or required to provide a positive review. All thoughts are entirely my own.

About the Author

9811008Nicki Edwards is a city girl with a country heart. Growing up on a small family acreage on the outskirts of Geelong, she spent her formative years riding horses and pretending the neighbour’s farm was her own.

After spending three years in a regional city in New South Wales, her love of small country towns was further developed. One day she plans to escape to the country with her husband Tim and live on land, surrounded by horses, dogs, cows, and sheep. Until then she lives vicariously through the lives of the characters in the rural romance novels she loves to read.

In 2006, when Nicki’s youngest child started school, she returned to university, juggling full-time study, part-time work and raising four small children, to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. Always a voracious reader, Nicki’s other dream was to be an author.
Nicki writes medical rural romance for Momentum and when she isn’t reading, writing or dreaming about rural life and medical emergencies, she can be found working as a Critical Care Nurse in a busy Intensive Care Unit, where many of her stories and characters are imagined.

Nicki and Tim reside in Geelong, Victoria with their four teenage/young adult children. Life is busy, fun and at times exhausting, but Nicki wouldn’t change it for anything.

Her debut novel, “Intensive Care” was released in January 2015 with Momentum, the digital imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia. Her second novel, “Emergency Response” came out in October 2015. The third and fourth books in the ‘Escape to the Country’ series, “Life Support” and “Critical Condition” were released in 2016.  

You can find Nicki at her website

or on Twitter

Praise For Nicki Edwards

“Edwards captures small-town spirit and heartbreak-to-hope crafted with ease” ~ Fiona Palmer (author)

“Nicki Edwards tackles all the big issues in this delightfully touching story of life, loss, family relationships and finding love.” ~ Karly Lane (author)

About Just Jo'Anne

Josephine-Anne, also fondly known as Jo'Anne, just turned sixty years old, an age she's decided to be for the remainder of her life. Jo'Anne has had a life-long passion for reading and writing. Most of her working life was spent in the administration and finance field; however, once an early retirement became necessary, the next step was logical. So, after much soul-searching, Jo'Anne decided to spend the remainder of her days doing what she loves. She's currently working on a fictional memoir "Charlie Dreams" and has also tried her hand at short stories, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. Jo'Anne has had a poem published in the "Glimpses of Light Anthology, called "God's Woollen Blanket". Jo'Anne loves to read all kinds of fiction, especially crime/ thriller and suspense, contemporary and historical romance. When she's not writing you will find her either inside a good book, with a cup of tea in hand, or pottering around the garden daydreaming and plotting.
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