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Publisher pitch: Penguin Random House Australia, Mar 2015

26 February 2015

PRH_AustraliaThis month we have a wide range of romantic reads—from steamy kitchen confessions by Lisa Joy to a tale of unexpected love found from Margareta Osborn.

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Here are our books for March …

Penguin covers Mar2015Yes Chef! By Lisa Joy

Disillusioned by her tedious and thankless job taking restaurant reservations, Becca Stone is unexpectedly catapulted into working as PA to celebrity chef, Damien Malone. It seems like the opportunity of a lifetime but Becca is quickly caught up in an exciting whirlwind of travel, reality TV and opening nights, and even her usually abysmal love life seemingly takes a turn for the better. Inspired by real-life adventures Yes, Chef! delivers a tantalising insight into the trendy restaurant scene: a world where chefs are treated like rock stars, and cooking isn’t all that goes on in the kitchen.

Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott

Much-loved women’s fiction author Catherine Alliott is back with another witty, funny and addictive novel, Wish You Were Here—a story of a family trying to escape from reality only to discover they need to face it. When Flora, James and their two teenage daughters are offered a chance to take a break and relax at a chateaux in the south of France they jump at the chance to escape their stressful lives. But Flora didn’t anticipate a mysterious guest and a whole heap of family baggage to come too. Wish You Were Here is wildly entertaining, deeply moving and a must-read for mothers and daughters alike. This is Catherine Alliott at her entertaining best, delivering a great story with a beautiful backdrop, filled with surprises at every turn and a rich cast of unforgettable characters.

The Country Practice by Meredith Appleyard

The Country Practice is a heart-warming medical rural romance novel set in country South Australia by debut author, registered nurse and midwife, Meredith Appleyard. Doctor Meghan Kimble returns to Australia to follow her dream of working as a locum GP in the colourful community of Magpie Creek. Against her better judgement, Meghan finds herself charmed by the enigmatic and forthright handsome farmer, Sean Ashby. But time is against her and when love threatens to derail her career plans, she is forced to reassess her priorities in ways she never imagined.

Rose River by Margareta Osborn

Adapted from Margareta Osborn’s bestselling ebook novella ‘A Bush Christmas’, Rose River is another captivating novel by one of Australia’s most loved and bestselling rural romance authors. When city-based PR executive Jaime Hanrahan accepts a housesitting job in the East Gippsland Mountains all she wants is to escape the pressures of Christmas after her father’s death and her recent retrenchment. But rather than getting the peaceful getaway she expected Jaime is faced with stampeding cows, constant fundraising events, neurotic goats and one very handsome yet infuriating station manager, Stirling McEvoy.

The Painted Sky by Alice Campion

Writing under the Alice Campion pen-name, five debut authors and book club members—Jenny Crocker, Madeline Oliver, Jane Richards, Jane St Vincent Welch and Denise Tart—have produced a page-turning ‘21st Century Thorn Birds’, brimming with romance, suspense and humour. In The Painted Sky, city designer Nina Larkin remains haunted by the disappearance of her father, the celebrated artist Jim Larkin, seventeen years ago. Returning to his childhood home in outback Wandalla, Nina begins to unravel a tangle of lies and secrets that have remained hidden for years but she discovers more than she bargained for, and is inexplicably drawn to the soon-to-be-married Heath Blackett.

Aquila by Sue-Ellen Pashley

Aquila by debut Australian author Sue-Ellen Pashley is a story of sacrifice and passion, and how true love can make you soar from. Eighteen-year-old Nick Larcombe is a self-confessed non-romantic. Until he lays eyes on Grace Carr. Already bruised and battered by life, Grace isn’t looking for any sort of relationship, but when Nick, the mysterious boy next door, somehow rescues her from sure death at the bottom of a windswept cliff, Grace needs answers. Intensely romantic, Aquila is perfect for romance and fantasy readers alike.



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