Helpful Score: 4
Diana Palmer has written only a few times for the special edition line, but THE AUSTRALIAN is one of my all-time favorite romance novels. This book takes place both in Hawaii, where the heroine goes to college, and in Australia. Ms. Palmer gives us just the right amount of Australian history and culture to be interesting without dragging the book down. It is hard for me to pinpoint why I enjoy this book so much because there are many reasons. I love the hero. He is strong, honorable, and, most importantly, in love. I say this because sometimes I find the heroes love unconvincing. And, although the heroine is young, her pain at their initial parting is acute and believable. The hero's financial problems keep the two apart and also give the heroine a chance to grow while away at college. I think I'm a sucker for love that lasts over years even when the couple isn't together. This makes the happy ending all the sweeter to me.