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Guest blogger: Nicola Marsh

6 October 2019

Long Way Home

After 70 books published, it’s a thrill to see my first rural romance, Long Way Home, on shelves throughout Australia and NZ. When I’m writing a story, I don’t identify with a theme straight away, yet one pops out as I delve deeper, and for Long Way Home it’s resilience.

The story is told from three points of view—Ruby, Connor and Alisha—and each of these characters, along with the secondary cast, demonstrate this trait in many ways.

Ruby returns home to the town she fled to keep her mother’s legacy alive.

Connor is torn between living up to his father’s expectations and tearing down the dream of the woman he’s always loved.

Alisha is caring for elderly parents while craving adventure and a trip to India to discover her birth mother’s identity.

Then there’s the town itself, Brockenridge, which is in drought and facing an exodus of young people following their dreams in big cities.

Along with resilience, this is a tale of second chances and redemption. Many of the main characters are hiding secrets while yearning for a new start. Mysteries are solved, new beginnings are sought and each learns the value of forgiveness and being adaptable.

What are your favourite themes in a story?

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Long Way Home

A prodigal daughter returns to Brockenridge…

Eleven years ago Ruby Aston left Brockenridge – and its small-town gossip – for the anonymity of the big city. Now, a grieving Ruby is forced to come home to the place she loathes. But it also means returning to someone she’s always regretted leaving behind…

Connor Delaney is determined to prove himself and not get by on his family name alone. To do this he needs to acquire the local roadhouse. He never anticipated the owner would be the same ‘bad girl’ who ditched him at the high school ball and was never heard from again.

For Alisha Nathieson, the grief of suddenly losing her dear friend and employer Clara Aston has forced her to examine her choice to stay and support her ageing parents. As she battles a growing need to explore her past, temptation wars with duty. And then there are her feelings for handsome chef Harry, who has secrets of his own…

In following their hearts, will this unlikely trio lose what they’ve craved all along?

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