REVIEW – Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker

Book Title - Red Dirt Heart

Author - N.R. Walker

Stars - 5

Buy Link – AMAZON

Welcome to Sutton Station: One of the world’s largest working farms in the middle of Australia – where if the animals and heat don’t kill you first, your heart just might.

Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how; the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him – isolates him – runs through his veins.

American agronomy student Travis Craig arrives at Sutton Station to see how farmers make a living from one of the harshest environments on earth. But it’s not the barren, brutal and totally beautiful landscapes that capture him so completely, it’s the man with the red dirt heart.


This was my first N.R. Walker book that I have read and I am hooked! This was a wonderfully touching read, I can't seem to get the characters out of my mind. Also, this is one of a very few books where the setting becomes a character just as much as the people. Wonderful writing brought every page to life, I can't wait to read the other books in this series. This book has it all; conflict, romance, danger, heart, sadness- everything. I couldn't find a single thing missing.
Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station. He is running the ranch since his father passed away. His life is all the more lonely because his ranch is out in the Australian desert. And he is a gay man hiding his sexuality because his father's words take root in his brain. He told him no fairy would ever run Sutton Station and that he should go to Sydney, get it out of his system, like it was a phase.
Travis Craig is an agronomy student from Texas. He graduated and wanted to learn how they farm in such tough conditions. He comes to Sutton Station for a 4 week tour to learn as much as he can before going back to the family farm in Texas.
Travis comes to Sutton Station to learn, but he quickly finds himself attracted to Charlie. But Charlie is a bit stubborn. He usually does not get close to any of the workers, they say he is a tough boss. And the guys who come to learn at the farm usually do very poorly. The land is hard and unforgiving, but Travis fits in very well. The only ones who know Charlie is gay are the head guy and his wife who have been here since Charlie was little. He considers them his family, since his father was so mean.
After a little while, Travis confronts Charlie and they begin a relationship. But only at night. During the day, it has to be business. His workers wouldn't respect him if they knew. Things are going well, but the clock is ticking. What started out as a fling may be turning into something more. When something goes wrong, Charlie has to really search his heart about what is true and what are lies he has believed because of his father. But will it be too late because the time runs out? Or could it be too late when his worst fear happens? When is it okay to do what is right for you in your heart, no matter what others may think? And what do you do if the place you live might just take your choice away? This story had my heart racing. Every emotion ran through me from happiness to sadness to fear. There is no way you can guess what happens next. I loved this book and can't wait to read more from this author!


Heidi gives Red Dirt Heart

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