A warm-hearted rural romance from the authentic voice of Australian storytelling, bestselling author Tricia Stringer.
A wedding and a will, a bushfire and a baby: who said the country was quiet?
Paula knew when she moved to the country that the life would be tough. Nearly a year into her marriage with farmer Dan, and now pregnant, she is proud of her ability to feed shearers, bake a pastie and fix a fence while still running her accountancy business from home. With a wedding to plan, the farm to run and neighbours to help out, life is busy but good.
But there are clouds on the horizon. Dan is increasingly tired and distant. He promised he would always tell her the truth, so why is he being so mysterious about his late father's will? And why is his abrasive Aunt Rowena suddenly so interested in the sex and due date of Paula's baby? As bushfires rage, Paula makes a discovery that shocks her and threatens all she holds dear.
About the Author
After Tricia Stringer's fortieth birthday party she still had two things left on her 'to do before forty' list - write a children's novel and parachute from a plane. She gave up on the parachuting idea but not the writing and has since published three books for children and three for adults. She gave up on the parachuting idea but not the writing and has since published several books for children. Her latest book, Right as Rain , is her fifth rural romance. Queen of the Road was her first book with Harlequin and she is very excited that it went on to win the RWA Romantic Book of the Year for 2013 as well as be one of the 50 Books You Can't Put Down in the 2013 Get Reading campaign.
A country girl through-and-through, Tricia grew up on a farm on South Australia's, Eyre Peninsula. With a brief stint in the city for secondary education and teacher training she has always lived in rural communities and is currently not too far from the beach in the Copper Coast region of South Australia. Here she shares a rambling old farmhouse with her husband and assorted animals - only some of which are pets! Some people would think that being an IT coordinator, teacher, librarian, wife, mother and grandmother would be enough to fill your days - yet somehow Tricia still finds the time to write.
Inspired to create local history stories for the children she taught, Tricia honed her writing skills via courses, classes and lots of practice. While awaiting the publication of those early children's books she began dabbling with an adult short story for a writing competition with a rural theme.
The short story became a full length novel and went on to become the first of her rural romances. Tricia likes to create convincing characters in realistic situations. Her novels always have a rural setting and explore themes particular to Australian country life, which of course include romance - where would we be without a little romance in our lives! She is currently working on her next rural romance. As for parachuting - she's done that too. There's something special about jumping out of a plane high over Queenstown, New Zealand. What a view!