Love at the End of the Road

Love at the End of the Road : Finding My Heart in the Country

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How does a life-long city dweller in her middle years find 'love at the end of the road', particularly when that road threads through the backblocks of New Zealand and winds up at a sheep and beef farm on the Kaipara Harbour? At an auspicious meeting at rural dating service Table for Six, Rae meets and falls in love with Northland farmer and honest Kiwi bloke Rex Roadley. What lies ahead is not without its challenges and heartaches, and the need (on both sides) to compromise. Love at the End of the Road is a love story with a difference. Rae's charming story is beautifully written from the heart; not only does she find love with Rex, but she finds out more about herself than she ever knew. Woven through her account is the story of the great house itself at Batley and the history of the surrounding countryside. Morphing from city to rural life isn't an easy transition, but Rae simply rolls up her sleeves and gets on with it. Together, she and Rex begin to transform the charming but battered historic villa, Batley House.
As their relationship settles and deepens, they pay heed to Rae's 'thundering biological clock' and consider parenthood while Rae, who lost her mother in her late teens and, soon afterwards, her way in life, continues on her path of self-discovery. Rae is drawn into every aspect of life on a 400ha sheep and beef arm; from training her cattle dog Floss to slogging through the rain and mud, competing at A&P shows, catering for the hordes at the Maungaturoto Country Club, moving cattle - including one spectacular moment in which she is mown down but unharmed by a marauding bull! Love at the End of the Road is a heart-warming, amusing and inspiring story about one woman's journey of discovery. It is also a very candid and courageous story; one that explores universal themes and delves into the 'hidden corners' of a loving relationship, revealing all its joys and tribulations. Rae writes unflinchingly about what she gives up, and gains, in her new life with Rex, and just what it means to find 'love at the end of the road'.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 197 x 254mm
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print 16 pt
  • 014356675X
  • 9780143566755

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