I found myself completely enthralled by the Australian setting and the wildlife described in ‘To be determined’ by Mardi Alexander and Laurie Eichler. When Charlie transfers from the States for a year in order to get over a messy break up she plans to work hard and forget her ex. Her mentor for the year Pip comes across as anti-social, grumpy and no-nonsense. Will they be able to work together for a whole year without driving each other mad? As they rub each other up the wrong way, can they ever be friends or more?
I loved both characters and the fascinating lives they were leading. The reader learns so much about life in a wildlife rescue centre in the bush through Charlie’s eyes. Pip was not as bad as she first seemed and I grew to empathise with her and some of the issues she was dealing with. The women bring out things in each other that lay dormant. There are some lovely emotional and sensual moments in this book as well as some heart-stopping surprises. I really enjoyed it and recommend this book for those wishing to escape to the outback for a great romantic adventure.
I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.