Melbourne is known for its laneways, its street art, its coffee culture and fabulous food.
Join Emily, Abby, Calliope, Tiffany, Alice and a whole cast of other characters as they navigate life and love in this beautiful city. And it’s not just about Melbourne – pack your bags for trips to Sydney, Bali, Hong Kong and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast too.
A vintage coat, a hot new co-worker, and a stranger's bucket list - what could go wrong?
Emily Porter likes lists: daily to-do lists, shopping lists, playlists, reasons to dump her boyfriend lists, reasons to stay with her boyfriend lists.
The one list Em doesn’t have is a bucket list. She doesn’t need one – her life is predictable and safe. Her job is satisfactory, and even though she has a thing about men who wind up back with the woman they were rebounding from – after Em has fixed them up, that is – her love life is also predictable. Besides, her best friends – Susie Turner and Josh Booth –will always be there to see her through her dating disasters.
No drama, no fuss, no surprises – which is exactly the way Em likes it. But when Em finds a stranger’s bucket list in the pocket of a vintage coat and begins to use it to renovate her home – and her life – everything gets turned upside down.
As if dealing with paint-brushes, flat-pack furniture and power tools isn’t scary enough, Em has to contend with Jamie, the hot new co-worker who makes her feel as though she’s the lead character in a daggy pop song and has made it clear he wants to be more than her colleague.
In the meantime, Booth is acting strangely; and Suse has a secret that could threaten everything…
Theirs was a love that survived the years - and the odds.
Brad and Abby were always meant to be together. Best friends in childhood, they fell immediately in love when they found each other again many years later.
Yet when Brad proposes, Abby says no. She is distraught when, soon after, Brad leaves Melbourne - and her. Something is holding Abby back from saying yes to Brad, and she’s convinced that it has to do with what happened to her father deep in a Balinese rainforest nearly twenty-five years ago.
If Abby and Brad are going to get a second chance at first love, Abby will have to find a way to discover the truth behind the lies that protect the family secrets that have been kept for many years.
Big Girls Don’t Cry is a story about how sometimes you have to deal with yesterday to find love in tomorrow, and how goodbye doesn’t have to mean forever.
Find out why readers have called Big Girls Don’t Cry 'the thinking woman’s chick lit'.
Big Girls Don’t Cry is the second book in the Melbourne Romantic Comedy Series and can be read as a standalone novel.
Be careful what you wish for... you just might get it.
Even after he trampled all over her heart, Calliope Jones knows for sure that Jamie Aldridge is the love of her life and she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to win him back. But when she impulsively signs up for a belly dancing class, she wasn’t expecting to have her life turned upside down.
Before long Jamie is back and telling her that he made a mistake in leaving her. Callie knows she should be ecstatic – all her dreams are coming true.
Then a blast from her past reappears and seems determined to sweep her off her feet.
Callie knows that she’s way out of her depth. Can she shimmy her way to true love?
Careful What You Wish For
Tiffany Samuels doesn’t believe in love – it’s a distraction that, in her experience, rarely ends well. If she does eventually decide to settle down, she’ll approach the subject in the same way that she approaches any project – methodically with a list of required criteria.
So when travel writer Jake Stewart crosses her path, while Tiff is tempted, she knows that he meets none of her requirements. One night, she figures, maybe two, is all she needs to shake him out of her system.
Jake, though, has other ideas – and for once Tiff isn’t in control.
Imagine a quintessential Cotswolds village nestled between gently rolling hills; with a High Street full of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers, independent and quirky shops, pubs and restaurants serving world-class food and local produce; a Norman church, and curving streets lined with cottages built from the local honey-coloured stone.
It’s a place where bluebells grow wildly in the woods, where it’s not unusual to see children herding a gaggle of geese down a country lane, and it’s a place where you’ll want to settle in and get to know the locals.
Welcome to Brookford.
Sometimes home is a person, not a place...
Max Henderson loves her life in the idyllic English village of Brookford. Her family is nearby, and her job allows her to indulge her passion for growing, cooking and writing about food.
When Max’s husband, James, tells her he’s been transferred to New York, Max is thrilled for him ‒ it’s the role he’s always aspired to. But as excited as she is for James, she’s torn between the thought of leaving her home, the people she cares about and her own ambitions, and the possibility of a new start for her and James. To complicate matters, the New York move is just the first in a series of blows that leave Max reeling.
If Max follows her heart, will she have to leave her dreams behind? Or can they guide her home to the man she loves?
From village life in The Cotswolds to the lakes and mountains of Queenstown in New Zealand, Wish You Were Here is heart-warming foodie fiction.
Escape to Curlew Cottage
Life is better with tea and scones...
Claire Mansfield is the host of the popular reality TV show Time For Tea and possibly the nicest person on British television – until a secret from her past ignites a media storm. Someone, it appears, wants to see her career destroyed.
Seeking shelter, Claire runs to Brookford, the Cotswolds village she left behind nearly twenty years ago. Also back in town is Owen Gallagher, the man who broke her teenage heart and who is now one of the hottest chefs in the country – and has reasons of his own to see Claire ruined.
To find her way back, Claire will need a little help from her new friends – the women of The Cotswolds Culinary and Cookbook Society. She’ll also need to determine whom she can trust and who has been lying to her all along.
If you love Great British Bake-Off, Escape To The Country, and tea and scones, you'll love Escape To Curlew Cottage.
Do you only get one chance at a happy ever after?
Kate and Neil met at a protest march in Sydney in August 1985 – Kate was marching, Neil wasn’t. It was love almost at first sight.
Over thirty years have passed, their children have grown, and Kate and Neil have gone from being happily married to being happily separated. That is until Neil asks for a divorce – and another wedding brings up feelings they’d both thought were long gone.
Kate and Neil fall in love all over again, but the repercussions are unexpected and far-reaching. Will Kate be able to overcome a whole new set of challenges to find her happy ever after?
A heart-warming story of love, loss, the promises we make, the vows we break, and second chances. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Erica James.
Finalist in Romance Writers of Australia Book of the Year (RUBY) Awards.
Praise for Happy Ever After...
Beautifully written with a unique concept and a shocking plot line half way through.
It's so refreshing and enjoyable to read chick lit that's about mature (middle aged) chicks. This book is more than a run of the mill romance with twists and turns, happiness and heartbreak with recurring themes of food, family and friendship. A really satisfying read!
This was an unputdownable read. I expected it would be good from page one as I was effortlessly immersed in Kate's story. What I particularly loved about this book was the unexpected turns it took, that I was honestly not expecting. The relationships were well crafted and believable and Joanne has a wonderfully refreshing, incredibly easy to read style that keeps the pages turning. Great to find a romance that delivers on the mature love theme, but which is not predictable in how it develops.
I fell down the ‘just one more chapter’ rabbit hole with this book and did not see those twists coming! Loved it.
I enjoyed every moment of this book and was taken by surprise by the rollercoaster of emotion I was taken on by the author. From tears to happiness and everything in between the book has many twists and turns you don't expect. The central character Kate is beautifully formed - flawed and realistic - and easy to relate to. She could be your best friend, your mother, your sister, your Aunt - or even you. With an engaging storyline, it was hard to put down. I'd love a follow up to Kate's story, as I'm sure she has more challenges to face.