This recipe is from my romantic suspense novel, "Combatting Fear".
Neve lives in a rustic shack, nestled in the Australian bush, with her father.
Here's an excerpt from the book, where Neve prepares the lamb shanks for dinner ...
Tony patted Neve's shoulder and bent over the cast-iron pot to inhale the rich aroma. "That smells fabulous."
She drew in a big gulp of the flavoursome steam too, and saliva pooled in her mouth. Braised lamb shanks with her secret ingredients: balsamic vinegar and five-spice.
The heavy iron lid settle into place with a clunk and it took the two of them to lift the pot back into the oven.
While dinner is finishing in the oven, there is a crisis on the property. An intruder. But never fear, that's not going to keep us from enjoying this truly delicious meal. Here's another excerpt from the book, where Neve serves the lamb shanks ...
"Well, dinner's ready. You may as well stay and we can all get to know one another a little better. Tony, you can mash the potatoes."
Tony huffed and went to the stove to help Neve lift the cast-iron pot. A swirling cloud of meat-moistened steam whooshed out when she lifted the lid.
I can promise you that this recipe is extra special and easy to make. It works just as well if you use the ingredients with stew meat too.
A kindergarten teacher by day, Neve has a special affinity for one of her students. Little Rowan looks just like her late brother; so much so that sometimes it brings back painful memories.
She loves her job, because it's the only way a spinster can enjoy the laughter of children. It's her choice to sacrifice the chance of ever finding a partner, and she doesn't regret it. After all, Toni is all the family she has left.
Toni isn't like most fathers though. He is paranoid in the extreme, and has been training Neve to defend herself since she was a teenager. Guerilla warefare tactics, hand-to-hand combat and survival skills are all second nature to this teacher come warrior.
Living off-the-grid is certainly one way to keep potentia suitors at bay. What Neve never considered, was what would happen if she found someone she wanted to let in.
He's a self-made multi-billionnaire with a passion for renewable energy technology. He built his empire so his family would never have to go hungy again, and he'd do anything to protect them.
When his wife, Chelsea, left him, he took it on the chin. At least he still got to play an active role in his son, Rowan's, life. But when Chelsea got involved with a new man, Micah lost his cool and threatened to take Rowan away from her.
He's been paying for that mistake for the past year. She disappeared without a trace, but her downfall is always the money. Micah would never leave his family without, but every time Chelsea makes a bank withdrawal, he drops everything to track her.
They've been playing a game of cat and mouse all over Australia, but this time he can feel it in his bones... he's close.
This time he's bringing his son home.