Cheyenne Blue has a permanent place in my list of favorite authors. Her books are always enjoyable with strong characters, intriguing plots and stunning settings, usually in Australia. When I heard that her newest novel, A Heart This Big was about to be published, I made sure to get a copy as soon as I could, and I am very glad I did.
This is the story of Nina Pellegrini, a farmer with a small farm on the outskirts of Sydney, which she uses as a place for young city children to learn about animals and farm life. Though Banksia Farms is technically run as a business, she never turns away a family who can’t pay for their child to be part of the program. She also has a young daughter named Phoebe who helps on the farm and with the children’s program. When a young boy is hurt on the farm and his mother sues for damages, Nina tries to find the best lawyer she can to help her keep the farm she loves so much. This is when she meets Leigh Willoughby, a very successful lawyer who is definitely a city girl and knows nothing about life on a farm. She does know her way around this type of litigation though. Nina can’t afford to hire Leigh, but Leigh finds out fairly quickly that it is very hard to say no to Nina and Phoebe, and she eventually agrees to take on the case pro bono. There is chemistry between Nina and Leigh, but complications surrounding the case and their very different lives keep them from acknowledging as well as acting on their feelings, at least for a while.
This is definitely a slow-burn romance with the push-pull you expect through most of the book. It is a beautiful story and I really enjoyed the parts with the children on the farm. The characters, both main and secondary, are well developed and likable. The settings, both city and farm are realistically drawn. While this is not my favorite Cheyenne Blue novel (It’s hard to beat the books in the Girl Meets Girl series), A Heart this Big is a solid slow-burn romance that I think you will enjoy.
I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.