I had high hopes for Australian author Karly Lane’s Someone Like You, set in rural New South Wales. Unfortunately, I struggled right from the beginning to enjoy her writing style.
The premise (if a little unbelievable) was essentially a love story at heart, so I was expecting a fairly easy read. I have to admit I was disappointed by the fact the characters lacked real depth. There was so much potential to explore backstories and subplots but it was always dragged back to the lovers’ tiffs and animal escapades.
The blurb describes the book as an intriguing, funny and romantic story about past lives and new beginnings.
I loved the Australianisms and felt right at home in the pages, amongst the familiar phrases and cultural references. But I found myself cringing at our main character Hayley’s inner monologues – and the shower scene was almost unreadable.
I got really frustrated at times, but I did stay with Hayley and Luke’s will-they-or-won’t-they right up to the end of the book.
Maybe I’m fussy, or maybe the characters could have been given a lot more depth, but I found the book unfulfilling.
I’d recommend this only to people who like a light read and enjoy the romance genre based in the Aussie country.
Someone Like You is available in paperback from your favourite bookshop.
About Karly Lane
Karly Lane lives on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Proud mum to four children and wife of one very patient mechanic, she is lucky enough to spend her day doing the two things she loves most – being a mum and writing stories set in beautiful rural Australia.
Her bestselling novels include North Star, Morgan’s Law, Bridie’s Choice, Poppy’s Dilemma, Gemma’s Bluff, Tallowood Bound, Second Chance Town, Third Time Lucky, If Wishes Were Horses and Six Ways to Sunday. Someone Like You is her eleventh novel.