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 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…Baby, It’s You is a friends to lovers, office romance set in Melbourne and Bali and is the first book in the Melbourne Romantic Comedy Series. Pick up Baby, It’s You to start this feel-good romance series now!
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 a friends to lovers, second chance at first love novel and the second book in the Melbourne Romantic Comedy Series. Like all the stories in this series it can be read as a standalone novel. Pick up your copy now.
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?I Want You Back takes you from the streets of Melbourne to winter in sunny Queensland. A second chance at first love romance, it's the third book in the Melbourne romantic comedy series.
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.From Melbourne to Hong Kong and back again, Careful What You Wish For is the fourth novel in the Melbourne romantic comedy series. Pick up your copy now.
It's In The Stars
The Universe has, it seems, other plans for Alice…
From Melbourne to Bali and the Sunshine Coast this friends to lovers romcom is the fifth and final book in the Melbourne romantic comedy series.
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 and the first novel in the Escape to the Country series.
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’s girlfriend falls pregnant, 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 it’s complicated – and 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?
Will Kate be able to overcome a whole new set of challenges to find her happy ever after?
From suburban Sydney to Queenstown, New Zealand, Happy Ever After is a heart-warming
second chance at love later in life romance. A finalist in the Romance Australia Romantic Book of the Year - RUBY Awards - Romantic Elements in 2019, Happy Ever After is the second book in Joanne Tracey’s Escape To The Country series.
Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Erica James.
A finalist in the Romance Australia Romantic Book of the Year - RUBY Awards - Romantic Elements in 2019, Happy Ever After is the second book in Joanne Tracey’s Escape To The Country series. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Erica James.
Because life is better with tea and scones...
Claire Mansfield is the host of the popular reality baking TV show Time For Tea and possibly the nicest person on British television – until a secret from her past ignites a media storm.
Seeking shelter, Claire runs to Brookford, the small English 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.
Just when Claire thinks she might have a second chance with both Owen and a new TV show, that too is threatened. Someone wants to see her destroyed – and they’re not going to rest until the job is finished. Claire, and her new friends – the women of The Cotswolds Culinary and Cookbook Society – must find the truth before it ruins her career for good, and with it, any chance of happiness with Owen.
If you love Great British Bake Off, Escape To The Country, and cozy culinary mysteries with a feel-good side-serve of romance, you'll love Escape To Curlew Cottage.
Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Carole Matthews, Cathy Bramley, Lucy Diamond, Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson and Erica James.
The sequel to Wish You Were Here and Happy Ever After...
Richie doesn’t think he’s ever been as happy as he is right now. He and Maxine are about to have a baby and move into their new home on the shores of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. His garden design business is booming and everything he ever dreamed of is within his reach.
Richie’s sister Jess is also feeling on top of the world. She’s about to be an aunt for the first time, is running a campaign to be nominated as godmother, and her Queenstown café, Beach Road, is going from success to success. To put a cherry on top of her already beautifully iced cake, her boyfriend Nathan is showing no signs at all of going back to his job in Australia and for the first time in her life she’s in a relationship with someone who doesn’t seem to be just in it for the season.
As for Millie, she’s overjoyed at the thought of being a grandmother and can’t wait for the baby to arrive. With Richie and Max back in Queenstown to stay, and even Jess looking like she could be settling down at last with a man who is perfect for her, she and her husband Cam can finally begin to ease into retirement and maybe even take a trip or two.
But then a stranger arrives in town – and he brings with him secrets that Millie had thought were buried forever, secrets that threaten not only her happiness, but that of Richie and Jess too.