Simmering Season by Jenn J. McLeod

Simmering Season

When a school reunion brings home more than just memories… Back in Calingarry Crossing to sell the family pub, Maggie Lindeman has no idea a perfect storm is heading her way until her past and present collide with the unexpected. Maggie once had a crush on Dan Ireland, now a work-weary police crash investigator, still hell-bent on punishing himself for his misspent youth. Dan has ample reason for not going home to Calingarry Crossing for the sc...


Details Simmering Season

TitleSimmering Season
Author
Release DateApr 1st, 2014
PublisherSimon & Schuster Australia
LanguageEnglish
GenreRomance
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Reviews Simmering Season

  • Veronica ⭐️
    1970-01-01
    I have found myself reading the season books in reverse order but it has not dampened my enjoyment of the stories as each book stands on its own very well.Maggie is back in Calingarry Crossing to sell the family pub but 2 years on and the pub still not sold she is now thinking of staying permanently. If only she could convince her husband, Brian, to leave Sydney and join her and their son Noah.Charlie Ireland, a Vietnam vet, takes the post stress...
  • Sharon
    1970-01-01
    Maggie Lindeman returned to her hometown of Calingarry Crossing with her teenage son, Noah. Maggie’s father has dementia and can no longer run the family pub. Maggie will take over until they can find a buyer and then she will return to her home in Sydney. Seeing her father's health decline is quite upsetting for Maggie at times. Maggie would've liked her husband, Brian to come with her, but he said he couldn't afford the time away from his mus...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    Maggie Lindeman had returned to Calingarry Crossing with her teenage son Noah the minute she heard her beloved father had become too ill to continue running the family pub; the Rev, as everyone affectionately called him, had finally succumbed to dementia – a fact which saddened Maggie immensely – so Maggie needed to sell the pub, make sure her Dad was settled, and then return to their lives in Sydney. Brian, her husband and Noah’s dad, had ...
  • Dale Harcombe
    1970-01-01
    Maggie Lindeman is back in Calingarry Crossing where she grew up. The aim is to sell the family pub. But that proves harder than it sounds. Meanwhile her husband Brian is elsewhere still dreaming and trying to organise his music career. Noah, their teenage son, is kept in the dark about a lot that is going on with his parents and the state of their marriage. One of the strengths of this novel is the relationships; that of Maggie with Noah, of Mag...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    1970-01-01
    Those who have read Jenn J McLeod's debut, House for all Seasons, will be delighted to reunite with some of the characters met in the small Australian country town of Calingarry's Crossing. It is however a minor character, Maggie Lindeman, that takes the lead in Jenn McLeod's loosely linked sequel, Simmering Season.When Maggie's father fell ill, she and her teenage son, Noah, reluctantly left husband, and father, Brian, in Sydney with plans to se...
  • Kathryn
    1970-01-01
    I liked this more than the first book, A House For All Seasons, although it was also an enjoyable read. I liked the way some difficult topics were tackled, and I especially liked the author’s acknowledgement at the end that these issues are reality for some people, with some phone numbers and websites for places to get help, if people have been affected.I'm giving this 3.5 stars and looking forward to Season of Shadow and Light.
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    Oh my goodness! Jenn J. McLeod has done it again!Simmering Season is a magnificent roller coaster of emotions, with characters who pull on your heart strings, frustrate you immensely and leave you crying for more.Lead character Maggie Lindeman could be any one of us, struggling with life's many ups and downs. Jenn writes with such honesty, I found myself relating to many of Maggie's situations. Heart wrenching, funny, frustrating and powerful, Si...
  • Lily Malone
    1970-01-01
    I’m writing this review from a very cold and wet winter in the far south west corner of Western Australia. It’s a place called Margaret River and it’s famous for wine and surf. It’s also a hellluva long way from Jenn J McLeod’s fictional town of Calingarry Crossing some 8 hours drive west of Sydney in New South Wales (ie, the opposite side of Australia).There is also not a heck of a lot of ‘simmering’ going on in Margaret River now ...
  • Sharon
    1970-01-01
    Book gifted by The Reading Room for reviewMaggie Lindeman is a woman that will do anything for everyone, that is, except herself. Her life changes when she returns to Calingarry Crossing, the country town she grew up in, to be close to her father, who suffers from dementia and to sell the family pub that he ran for years. With no real interest shown in the pub she wonders what she should do, she is torn between her father who needs her in Calinga...
  • Faye Barron
    1970-01-01
    Simmering Season stands as a 'good read' on its own - but it is quite a welcoming homecoming for those of us who have already visited, and become attached to, Calingarry Crossing in House of all Seasons.Maggie Lindeman, in her late thirties,returning to the small town to take over the management of her father's small country pub, is the protagonist in this novel. As a caring mother, daughter, wife and friend, Maggie faces many of life's challenge...
  • Kylie Kaden
    1970-01-01
    Jenn J McLeod has done it again, creating a wonderful display of authentic characters, realistic relationships and Australian culture. What I admired most is the realism in the prose, the flaws in the protagonists and true portrayal of relationships. It was refreshing to read a story with a mature protagonist in lieu of the feisty young beauties often at the centre of many novels. I felt like I'd actually visited Calingarry Crossing, enjoyed a dr...
  • Alison Swann
    1970-01-01
    Another amazing book by Jenn J McLeod. If you thought you loved House for All Seasons, then this one is even better. Its a REALLY GOOD read, has you page turning quickly; absorbing the characters, laughing, crying and experiencing all those emotions that you should when you read a good book. Cant wait for this author's next book, and the next .... highly recommended.
  • Greg Barron
    1970-01-01
    Having read and enjoyed Jenn's first book, House for All Seasons, I was looking forward to getting into Simmering Season. Maggie is an endearing main character, and I empathised with her situation - a teenage boy and a creative but selfish husband trying to make it big back in Sydney - not to mention an exciting old beau. The author has created a living, breathing small town, peopled with wonderful characters, an amazing achievement.It was fittin...
  • Margi
    1970-01-01
    This was a good, heart warming story filled with lots of secrets and a good cast of characters. I enjoyed A House For All Seasons more but glad I read this.
  • MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
    1970-01-01
    In Simmering Season , Jenn J. McLeod returns us to the rustic little town of Calingarry Crossing to which we were introduced in House for All Seasons (House), but this time it’s Maggie Lindemann’s story, and there are secrets aplenty simmering just below the surface.Daughter of the small town’s ex-Reverend turned Publican, Maggie returned two years ago with her son Noah, to settle her dad and attempt to sell his pub due to his swiftly decl...
  • Simone
    1970-01-01
    Having read and enjoyed House For All Seasons, I was very much looking forward to returning to Calingarry Crossing and Jenn. J McLeod certainly didn't disappoint with her second novel featuring the small community in country NSW.Having been a while since reading HFAS, it took me a little while to reacquaint myself with the town and the people in that story. The main character of Simmering Season, Maggie, was briefly introduced in HFAS and a coupl...
  • Rowena Holloway
    1970-01-01
    Simmering Season showcases McLeod’s ability to portray life in all its facets. In its laid-back Aussie way, this novel reaches out and grips your heart.Kind-hearted Maggie Lindeman offers a room at her pub and a helping hand to her friend’s estranged and spoilt daughter, Fiona. A decision she soon regrets. Torn between her troubled teenage son, her failing marriage in Sydney and her ailing father and his pub, Maggie has no time for herself, l...
  • Jodi
    1970-01-01
    This is the second book in Jenn J McLeod's 'seasons series' and while not as good as the first 'House for all seasons' I did enjoy this book.Simmering Season is aptly titled. The book simmers along nicely for the first third, then boils over with some action and revelations, then simmers down towards the end. And although I really enjoyed the book I was always feeling 'I want more', but more what I'm not sure.Jen's writing is easy to read, as if ...
  • Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
    1970-01-01
    I adored Jenn J. McLeod's first book House for all Seasons and I loved her second book Simmering Season just as much. One night it had me so engrossed I actually forgot to have dinner. It truly was a thoroughly engaging novel! I was thrilled to be taken back to the small town of Calingarry Crossing. All the characters were immensely interesting. One can never ever go wrong reading a Jenn J. McLeod book. A must read!!!
  • Margo Penhall
    1970-01-01
    I waited until the holidays to read this book because Jenn J McLeod is an author I trust to give a heartwarming, enjoyable read. That's what I wanted for the holidays and she delivered in spades! Authentic picture of Australian country-town life, relatable characters, a nice twist to the story. I'm liking the town of Calingarry Crossing and I'm looking for the next visit in the next book.
  • Sarah Campbell
    1970-01-01
    I loved this even more than the first. Both characters seemed so realistic and loveable. Poor maggie having to shoulder so much for so long she is an amazing character. Can't wait to read the next one
  • Angela
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved this book. It was magical. Sweet and strong, really intriguing.
  • Robyn Coyle
    1970-01-01
    Seemed an OK book at start, story a bit slow and wondering where it was going - but then just took off and I thoroughly enjoyed it and just wanted to keep reading to see how it all went
  • Tango
    1970-01-01
    Simmering Season is an entertaining and enjoyable read. The strength of this book is the characters and their relationships. From marriage to father/daughter, mother/son, father/son relationships, alongside friendship, McLeod examines the importance of relationships in our lives. The story follows the lives of Maggie and her son Noah, and the friends and family whose lives intersect with theirs, over one storm season in the small country town of ...
  • Ally
    1970-01-01
    I received a free copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway. At the start of this book there is a death that I totally wasn't expecting. I actually put the book down and came back a few hours later when I was mentally prepared for it! Second in the series, this book follows the life of Maggie Lindeman, a minor character in House for All Seasons, after her return to Calingarry Crossing with her son. Maggie deals with an ailing father, teenage...
  • Lauren K
    1970-01-01
    Simmering Season is another heart-warming women’s fiction novel by Australian author Jenn J McLeod.I like that the story revisited the small town of Calingarry Crossing, initially introduced in House for all Seasons.The protagonist, Maggie Lindeman, who had a small role in the first book, becomes better known to the reader. She’s an interesting character whose greatest weakness is that she cares too much about those around her. She’s consta...
  • Margaret Sutherland
    1970-01-01
    Jenn J McLeod has written a big book with a big cast of characters and a heap of secrets. At 460 pages, it is proof of her writer's talent and publisher's faith in this series of Australian country-set stories. The author knows her setting well, so that it becomes a living character in its own right. The heat, drought, rain, storm, concern and beauty of weather and place are true to those who live in this country and know its changing moods. '......
  • Margaret Loveday
    1970-01-01
    I have enjoyed reading both of Jenn's books, hard to put down at times, as I followed the different characters through to find out the secrets that are revealed bit by bit in the plot enabling each character to grow. It's a wonderful reward that even though the characters, like Maggie, go through the storms of life they do come out of it in the end. It was nice and sad finding out what happened to some of the characters from 'House for all Season...
  • Shannon
    1970-01-01
    I loved this second book by Jenn J. McLeod. Simmering Season takes you back to the small town of Calingarry Crossing (first introduced to us in her debut novel - House for All Seasons). The author does a wonderful job of creating rich characters and a lovely setting you can escape to. I found myself glued to the story of Maggie Lindeman, experiencing her highs and lows as a character I could truly relate to. A fantastic read and I can't wait for ...
  • Claire
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this story, the second from Jenn J McLeod, I have read the first which I thoroughly enjoyed but you don't necessarily need to have read the first even though it is set in the same town with some of the same characters.The characters are real and I enjoyed sharing their journey.With some twist and turns along the way this made for a book I was hard pressed to put down once bed time came