Welcome to our first lust-have list, this week celebrating Rural Romance novelists. We’ve listed 20 of our favourites in no particular order (please don’t make us choose!) that we’re sure you either already love or will come to love very quickly! So… here goes:
Known affectionately in the AusRom office as the Queen of Australian Rural Romance, it simply wouldn’t be a lust-have rural romance list without Karly Lane. Karly’s latest novel, Second Chance Town, is out now.
Second Chance Town
Single mother Lucy Parker loves the quiet historical charm of her hometown of Bundah. Raising her teenage daughter Belle can be challenging and, in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, it’s even more daunting than usual.
Newcomer Hugh Thompson is determined to put his chequered history behind him. Excited by the potential he sees in Bundah, he buys a rundown pub with big plans for a fresh start. But not long after Hugh’s arrival, a spate of teenage drug overdoses starts to divide the locals and there are whispers they might be connected to the reclusive new publican who has a somewhat dark and mysterious past.
When Belle suddenly starts hanging out with the wrong kids and experimenting with alcohol, Lucy becomes fearful that drugs will be next. The very last thing she needs is for a man like Hugh to come along and disrupt her life. But it seems fate has other ideas . . .
Suspenseful and romantic, Second Chance Town is about fulfilling your dreams in life and love.
Hailing from Brisbane’s picturesque bayside region, Charlotte Nash is double-degree qualified in engineering and medicine as well as being one of Australia’s rising stars of rural romance. Charlotte’s latest novel, The Horseman, releases in July.
Craig Munroe is the kind of man legends are written about. Escape to the high country in this passionate love story of a young doctor and a legendary horseman whose lives become inextricably linked, by the bestselling author of RYDERS RIDGE, Charlotte Nash
It’s been eleven years since Dr Peta Woodward, born into a horse-breeding dynasty, fled the family stud in the wake of a deadly tragedy that split her family apart. Carrying wounds that have never truly healed, Peta has focused on helping others. But when an injury during a solo trip through the Australian high country leaves her stranded, the man who comes to her rescue is Craig Munroe, a born and bred high-country horseman, and the kind of man legends are written about.
Stuck in the tiny town of Yarraman Falls while she recovers, Peta is surrounded by prying eyes and heartbreaking reminders of all she has lost. But while she resolves to leave as soon as she can, fate has other ideas . . .
With a plethora of titles to her name: vet nurse, jillaroo, radio announcer, woolclasser, drover and journo, it’s Rachael’s Bestselling Rural Romance Novelist title that we most love. Rachael’s most recent release, Cleanskin Cowgirls, is available from all good booksellers.
On the surface Elsie Jones, country music superstar, has it all. But after a brush with death she is forced to re-evaluate her life. Events soon take her back to her home town in the wheat belt of western NSW, where she reconnects with her childhood friend Tara Green. Elsie and Tara were misfits together, eventually running away from their small town to muster cattle. After a terrible betrayal came between them, Elsie moved on to material success but she soon realises that Tara is the one who has managed to overcome her traumatic childhood and find inner peace – lessons Elsie needs to learn. The must-read novel from Australia’s no.1 female fiction author.
A newcomer to the rural romance genre, Tricia Stringer has quickly become a household name and bestselling author thanks to her engaging combination of both rural and historical novels based around the land. Tricia’s latest novel, Dust on the Horizon, is available at all good booksellers.
Dust on the Horizon
Joseph Baker works hard on his pastoral lease at Smith’s Ridge, in the beautiful but harsh land of the Flinders Ranges. For Joseph this lease, lost to his family in the early days of settlement, offers a future for his young family and that of his Aboriginal friend, the loyal and courageous Binda. Joseph is a clever man, but it is a hard land to work and drought is once more upon the country.
New arrivals to the small rural town of Hawker, Henry Wiltshire and young wife Catherine, open a general store and commission business. Unscrupulous but clever, Henry has plans to prosper from the locals’ fortunes, and quickly makes powerful friends, but when he throws Binda’s family out of his shop, his bigotry makes an immediate enemy of Joseph and a die is cast…
Then the dark force of Jack Aldridge, a man torn between two worlds, crosses their path. Outcast and resentful, he wants what Henry and Joseph have and will stop at nothing to take it.
As the drought widens and the burning heat exhausts the land, Joseph, Henry and Jack’s lives become intertwined in a way that none could have predicted. In their final confrontation not all will survive.
This sweeping historical saga takes us into the beautiful and brutal landscape of the Flinders Ranges and through the gold rush, following the fate of three men and the women they love. Men and women whose lives become intertwined by love and deceit until nature itself takes control and changes their destinies forever.
Aptly known as ‘The Voice of the Bush’, fifth-generation farmer Margareta Osborn is a passionate advocate for strong resilient female characters making her novels absolute must-reads. Join Margareta on Facebook for a unique insight to her farming life.
Take one city girl – and drop her into the back of beyond…
Housesitting in rural Burdekin’s Gap, high up in the East Gippsland mountains, is not an obvious career move for a PR executive like Jaime Hanrahan. But, hey, retrenchment is a kicker.
Plus she’s determined not to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her friends, who still have company cars and six-figure salaries, or with her mother, Blanche, who has remarried too soon after her father’s death.
However, it turns out that Burdekin’s Gap is a little more remote than Jaime had anticipated, the house is in the middle of a cattle station, and the handsome manager, Stirling McEvoy, doesn’t appreciate a new farmhand in Jimmy Choos and Sass & Bide cut-offs.
Soon Jaime is fending off stampeding cows, town ladies wielding clipboards, sheep who think they are goats, nude sportsmen and one very neurotic cat. So why does she feel like she’s falling in love . . . with the life, with the breathtaking landscape, and with one infuriating cowboy …
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