Country at Heart by Mandy Magro
A wounded soldier and a free spirit, both determined to follow their dreams – but can they resist the call of true love?
The Army and his dearly beloved explosive detection dog Indy are Dean’s life – he can’t imagine doing anything else. Although physically and emotionally tested by the death of his mother in a recent accident, and by his father’s wish to have him home, he is still determined to fulfil his lifelong dream of protecting the country he loves. But life has other plans for Dean when he and Indy are wounded in action in Afghanistan and sent home to heal.
Free-spirited Summer has never wanted for anything, with her successful father aiming high for her future at any cost. Much to her father’s dismay, instead of pursuing the career he’s planned for her she intends to open her own yoga school and meditation centre. But she has agreed to spend one last summer with her parents, at their luxurious beachfront holiday home.
It’s here that life takes an unexpected turn when Summer and Dean meet, and discover that love at first sight truly exists.
But can they overcome the very real challenges of coming from very different sides of the tracks? And when Summer has to face the unpleasant truth about an old friend, as well as come to terms with the after-effects of a bewildering assault, she has to make a heartbreaking decision about their relationship.
But Dean refuses to let go of Summer, fighting with everything he has to win her back. With a little help from his wounded war dog, he finally proves to Summer that she should give him a second chance.
Home Truths by Louise Forster
London-based chef Jennifer Dove loves her exciting, fast-paced life and she has every intention of returning to it ASAP. This trip to Tumble Creek — middle-of-nowhere Australia — is just a blip, a trip out of time, to visit her sister and niece and farewell her beloved Uncle.
But barely hours into her stay, she disturbs an intruder in her uncle's house, is questioned by police, and finds a pair of fluffy pink stilettos in the bedroom. Things are not all they seem in Tumble Creek, and much as she tries not to, Jennifer is sucked in to the mystery surrounding her uncle. Who is his girlfriend Veronica, and why is she not here? What are the locals hiding? And why can she not get sexy local Calum McGregor out of her mind?
All is not what it seems in this sleepy, small town, and as Jennifer unravels its mysteries, she might just be tying herself to Tumble Creek forever.
Breaking The Drought by Lisa Ireland
When a smooth-talking, sophisticated city girl comes striding into town on her stiletto heels, he's the last person who wants to notice...
When Jenna McLean gets roped into attending a matchmaking ball in a small country town, she holds no illusions of meeting the man of her dreams. A no-nonsense magazine editor, Jenna doesn’t believe in leaving love to chance, which is why she’s developed Marriage Material – a fool-proof framework for husband hunting. Shearers and farmhands need not apply.
Sheep grazier Luke Tanner has met women like Jenna before, and knows not to waste his time. With the drought dragging on and bushfire season around the corner, the last thing he needs is a spoiled city girl like Jenna adding to his problems. He'll help out with the ball because it's good for the community, but he won't dance, he won't flirt, and he definitely won't be matched.
It's been a long dry season, but everyone knows when it rains, it pours.
About the Authors
Mandy Magro lives on the family fruit farm in the picturesque country township of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, with her daughter Chloe Rose. She loves writing about the Australian outback and all the wonderful characters that live there, and her own adventures on the land have made her the passionate country woman she is today.
Louise Forster grew up in a Victorian country town. She ran barefoot along dirt roads and loved looking through the leaves of tall eucalypts at the azure summer skies. Eventually, she grew up, and the country town became a suburb of Melbourne. Running barefoot to catch her train to work would have caused more than a few raised eyebrows so she opted for stilettos, of course. At eighteen, Louise travelled through Europe, parts of Africa and the Pacific Islands. These days Louise lives on the far north coast of New South Wales on a small property that includes her extended family, three dogs, three cats and all manner of wildlife.
Although born and bred in the city of Melbourne, Australia, Lisa Ireland has always been a country girl at heart. After graduating from university, her love of horses, cattle dogs and tumbling-down farmhouses led her to accept a teaching position at a small school in rural Victoria. A flood, a bushfire, and countless snakes taught her there was more to life on the land than fluffy sheep and home baked scones! Lisa hopes her stories reflect the deep admiration she has for rural communities. She will never forget the hospitality she was shown as a wide-eyed city slicker, new to life in the bush. Lisa now lives in a small coastal town and spends her days dreaming up stories as she walks along the beach. (Don’t tell her husband — he thinks she’s there to watch him catching waves.) When not writing, reading or conducting conversations with characters in her head, Lisa is busy being mum to her three boys and trying her best to train her impossible but adorable Labrador.