KARLY Lane’s latest novel, Six Ways To Sunday, will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the life of Rilee Kincaid. This isn’t a will they, won’t they romance novel, as Rilee is already married to her knight is denim, Dan, but gives an insider’s look into life in a small town when you’re very much an outsider.
The main problem is Rilee is not only an outsider, she’s also married to one of the most eligible bachelors in the town and they got married quickly and secretly, not winning her any points with her parents-in-law, the formidable Jacob and Ellen.
Having known her husband for only a few short months before they were married, living with his parents who are openly hostile towards her and dealing with the vagaries of a small town who don’t welcome outside influence warmly, presents a multitude of problems for the city girl. Rilee’s somewhat alternative career also leaves the townsfolk of Pallaburra suspicious of the newcomer.
The title, although confusing to me at first because it seemed to have nothing to do with the storyline, refers to Rilee Kincaid’s journey navigating life in a small town, and how she must approach many important issues from different directions, not always in her straight-to-the point manner.
Karly Lane writes from an insider’s perspective of small towns, picking up on how they work and who runs them (hint: it’s not the council, but the community groups, often filled with older women) which make these places a joy and a headache all at once. Six Ways to Sunday is sure to grab you from the first page and hold you until you reach the end. There is plenty of drama along the way and characters you will loathe and some you will come to love. For local readers in the North West and New England, you will particularly get a thrill out of the novel being set in the region with references to Narrabri, Gunnedah and Tamworth.
The overarching question in the reader’s mind is whether Rilee can stick it out and make her new lifestyle work with her husband and his family, or whether it will all become too much and spell the end of this whirlwind love story.
- Thanks to 88.9FM Tamworth for supplying the novel for review.