Loretta Hill's novel The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots was such a fun, romantic read that it is no wonder that she wrote a sequel. In The Girl in the Hard Hat, readers are reunited with the Pilbara albeit with a new heroine. Wendy Hopkins is a woman with a mission. Not only is she the new safety officer at the somewhat complacent Barnes Inc, but she has come to the Pilbara in the hope of finding the father who abandoned her at birth. Considering that she has only a first name to go buy, and the one family member who could help (her Uncle Mike, yes the same bitter Mike Hopkins who appeared in The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots,) keeps telling her to leave it alone, Wendy isn't poised for much success. There is false hope, followed by a surprising revelation. Meanwhile, many of the other characters from The Girl in Steel-Capped boots are back. Readers get to learn what becomes of Lena and Bulldog's romance as well as seeing a new side to resident larrikin Gavin Jones, who makes a fitting hero.
The Girl in the Hard Hat is a fun and entertaining sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed reacquainting myself with some much-liked characters. I did feel that the book was a bit rushed in places--although the surprise was very funny, I would have liked to have seen Chub and Anabelle's romance develop, or at least a stronger hint that romance could develop between the unlikely but fitting pair. Other than that, lots of fun.
Source: Review Copy provided by Netgalley.