Accustomed to looking after herself, can Roni now embrace a different life gifted to her from an unknown aunt and a community ready to help? Or will the strings attached be her downfall?
'Everything you want in rural romance - heart, humour and hope.' Sandie Docker, author of the much-loved The Kookaburra Creek Cafe
An unexpected inheritance, a traumatic past and a family whose secrets are kept by the town.
After a fractured childhood spent in foster homes, city-girl Roni has convinced herself that she has no need of anyone - other than her not-as-tough-as-he-looks rescued street cat, Scritches, and her unborn baby.
Despite facing a bleak future, Roni distrusts the news of a bequest from an unknown aunt, Marian Nelson. But, out of options, she and Scritches leave Sydney behind, bound for the 800-acre property on the edge of the wheat belt of South Australia.
However, this is no simple inheritance. With everything at stake, Roni must learn to believe in the truth of Marian's most important lesson: everyone deserves love.
A captivating story of family, friendship and forgiveness.
'...authentic, insightful and sensitive in the right places.' Mrs B's Book Reviews
'Leonie Kelsall's skilful portrayal of life on the land and the people who live it comes alive. An absolute gem of a book!' Blue Wolf Reviews
'... combines both the dark and light elements of this story to create something so appealing.' Jackie Smith Writes
Leonie grew up in the South Australian country - initially on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula in a tiny town where the school had a total enrolment of only eleven students, and later on a farm near the stunning Murray River. Her rural upbringing encouraged a love of books, for which she will be forever grateful.
She couldn't wait to hit the bright lights of the big city when she graduated - however, a few years working in government departments saw her longing to make her way back to the country. She now finds herself dividing her time between her professional counselling practice in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, and her childhood farm, which provides the setting for many of her stories.
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - B format