The epilogue to this book made me cry

Red Dirt Heart 4 (Red Dirt Series)Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m going to miss Travis and Charlie so much. It’s been like reading about a bunch of friends who you’ve taken into your heart and you get a yearly bulletin of all that’s gone on since you saw them last.

This book is Travis speaking for the first time and I loved we got to see Charlie and Sutton Station, and the family, through his eyes. The time jumps worked well too, even as I wished we weren’t watching them all get older.

I like to think that Suttton Station is out there in the heart of the Australian Outback, where a young woman with hair the colour of the dirt on which it stands is leading a young man a merry dance while two farmers, with twinkles in their eyes, watch from a covered porch, a wombat curled up at their feet.

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Five perfect red dirt heart stars

Red Dirt Heart 3 (Red Dirt Heart Series)Red Dirt Heart 3 by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is utter perfection, rounding out Charlie and Travis’ relationship after a year of trials, tribulations and tears.

Lots of things happen in this book but, at the heart of it is a story about love, about people, about finding a family no matter where you are and making a home.

Scene stealing from one wombat and a dozen imaginatively named calves just helps to bring the smiles and the feel good factor.

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Aussie/American relations continue to improve

Red Dirt Heart 2 (Red Dirt, #2)Red Dirt Heart 2 by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one even more than book one. This is another six months down the line and Charlie has admitted to himself, and more importantly to Travis, that he loves him and doesn’t want him to leave.

But life’s never a smooth ride, so Charlie still has obstacles in his own head, and his father’s voice ringing in his ears, to fight against and for a long time, it looks like it might be too much. Then a letter arrives which lets Charlie know without any doubt that he wants a future with Travis, one he’s willing to fight, and fight hard, for.

I loved the additional exploration we got from NR in this book about the Aussie Outback way of life, the hard work and dedication which keeps these country sized cattle stations working. But even more than that, I loved how Charlie discovered his own internal strength and the courage to declare to the world that a gay farmer could be just as good, if not better, than all those macho contemporaries of his father.

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Absolutely fantastic Aussie based romance

Red Dirt Heart (Red Dirt Heart, #1)Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The final chapter of this book killed me, it was just absolutely perfect in the way it rounded up all the relationship angst into a neat ball and then just threw it away and replaced it with a joyous future.

I loved the whole story of Charlie and his Aussie cattle station and the brash and confident Texan who came for four weeks but fell in love with the land and the station owner. Travis was perfect for Charlie, his confidence giving him the strength to finally break free of the ghosts of his past.

On to book two!

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