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Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: Escape Publishing, Harlequin Australia’s Digital first imprint
When marketing strategist Tate Newell first meets wine executive Christina Clay, he has one goal in mind: tell Christina he won’t design the new brand for Clay Wines. Tell her thanks, but no thanks. So long, good night. But Tate is a sucker for a damsel in distress and when a diary mix–up leaves Christina in his debt, Tate gets more than he bargained for. What does a resourceful girl do when the best marketing brain in the business won’t play ball? She bluffs. She cheats. And she ups the ante. But when the stakes get too high, does anybody win? Falling in love was never part of this branding brief.
His Brand of Beautiful is a beautiful and sweeping debut by Australian author Lily Malone.
This book is the perfect introduction to the amazing back catalogue that Malone has crafted since the release of His Brand of Beautiful in 2013. Although telling as her debut, compared to later books, this book has all the early trademarks of her writing style; her unique voice, brilliant characters and romantic, somewhat isolated outback settings.
Malone’s books are very Australian, and I love them for that. Set partly in Adelaide and partly in more remote South Australian Wine country, there is something for everyone to love in this book … be it the Australian atmosphere, the quirky characters and the winery plight or just the feel-good romance that this book inspires. It’s the perfect book to keep you company on any given lazy Sunday.
Although not my favourite of Malone’s books nowadays, His Brand of Beautiful was the perfect start to what is most certainly a wonderful contemporary publishing story and I can’t wait to see what Lily Malone brings out next!