Set In Stone

Set In Stone 1

by Ros Baxter

Hardback Publication Date: 25/05/2015

5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
Lou Samuels is going home for the first time in twenty years. To the mother she can never forgive, the boy she can never forget, and a rural town that needs a saviour.Louise Samuels hasnt been home to Stone Mountain since graduation night, twenty years ago. And she never, ever thinks about all she lost that night. So when her best friend convinces her to go back to their drought-stricken home for their school reunion they strike a deal.  One hour: get in, shake your booty, get out. Lou knows all about deals she manages acquisitions and mergers at the biggest law firm in Sydney. But the deal gets shelved when The Boy Least Likely to Succeed, Gage Westin, brings up long-buried memories, and her estranged mother calls with an SOS. Things get even more complicated when Lou agrees to help the local council but ends up working with the coal seam gas company Gage is fighting for control of his property.  When Lou discovers her mother is dying, she starts to wonder if its time to face the ghosts of her past and make peace with her home.  But then things heat up with Gage, the gas company and the council, and Lou is forced to make a deal with the devil to save them all.Shes just not sure if Gage Westin, and Stone Mountain, will ever forgive her for it.
Adult & contemporary romance
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Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
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Ros Baxter

Ros Baxter has been writing since she was eight and penned a whimsical series of short stories about a race of tiny people who lived on a rainbow. While a few things intervened - a career in social policy, four children - Ros started writing again in earnest three years ago. In that time, Ros secured a two-book deal with Harper Collins Australia, published Sister Pact (a romantic comedy co-written with her sister Ali), been a contributing author to the e-anthology URL Love, and finaled in the STALI competition.

Ros writes transporting stories about love, family, friendship and women in all their glorious strength and contrariness. She loves to turn up the sizzle, throwing heroes and heroines into screwy and sometimes fantastical situations and watching how they take the heat. Ros lives in Brisbane's North with her husband Blair, four noisy children under eight, a neurotic dog and nine billion germs.

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • An intense rural romance that sizzles

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    I have read quite a bit of Ros Baxter over the last few years and this is the first Rural Romance, she writes over a range of genres and I have enjoyed all of them. I went into Set In Stone anticipating enjoyment but also trying to stay away from expectations, more than anything I was curious how Baxter would tackle a novel set so firmly in the here and now – no fantasy, no science fiction. It’s safe to say she hooked me quick and reeled me right in, I haven’t wanted to put the book down as I desperately wait for answers.

    The entire story hinges on an event twenty years in the past, one night that changed everything, and I was itching to find out what it was. Of course, Baxter kept me guessing until well past the halfway mark and though I came up with a few theories not one of them came close. I got a serious case of one-more-chapteritis and an amazing set of blinkers that rendered the state of my house invisible so I could claim oblivion to get to the bottom of the disastrous event, luckily this did not hide the box of tissues from me.

    Louise Samuels is a successful lawyer in Sydney, far away from her home town of Stone Mountain. Louise has allowed her best friend Sharni to convince her to return for their school reunion but first they struck a deal. A deal that was supposed to be watertight and was put in place to protect them both – One hour: get in, shake your booty, get out. Of course that didn’t quite happen. The ground rules set at the door before they entered the reunion were no drinking, no meat, no fighting and no men….. they didn’t last very long either and before you know it the two were at the Welcome Inn washing down pills that would help them sleep off the hangover so they could fly out that evening.

    Sharni is still very much in love with their home town and being back has freed her to return to her country girl roots and inspired her to pick up her paintbrush, she only left because her high school sweetheart transplanted her to Sydney after they finished school. There’s is a story closely tied into the main storyline.

    There is so much running through Set In Stone that I really loved but it is all tied into that one event and we all know I don’t like to write a review with spoilers, so yet again I’m stuck.

    The remainder of the review will be live at Beauty and Lace.