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Release day: Flying the Nest

28 October 2020

Today is the official release of Flying the Nest by Rachael Johns (ebook and print, HarperCollins). Here’s the blurb:

They say a change is as good as a holiday … but what if you don’t want either?

Is her family’s happiness more important than her own?

The first time Ashling Wood realises her marriage is on the rocks is when her husband, Adrian, suggests they try nest parenting. Heartbroken, Ash suddenly finds herself living a double life – one week with her children, the next cohabiting with her happily single sister-in-law. Her friends think the modern custody solution is an exciting opportunity for her to spread her wings, but all Ash wants is her family back together.

An offer to renovate a seaside cottage seems like the perfect distraction for Ash while waiting for Adrian to come to his senses. She’s determined to fix her marriage as well as the cottage, but life gets even more complicated when she meets local fisherman Dan Emerson.

Soon, each home-stay becomes more dysfunctional, while for the other week Ash enjoys the peaceful life of the beachside community. The more time Ash spends in Ragged Point, the more she questions what she really wants. Is a sea-change the fresh start she needs to move on?

When tragedy calls Ash back to the city, she’s torn between the needs of her family and her future. Can her family life fit in with a permanent move to the beach or could Ash’s new-found independence attract Adrian back to the nest?

Rachael dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

A few years ago I went way up north of WA to do a library talk in Dampier. When many people think of the Pilbara, they think of Red Dog, but the librarian here pointed out an island just off the coast of the town and told me there was a less known, but equally as interesting story there. She called it Sam’s Island (although it’s official name is Tidepole Island) and told me about the man who lived there on his own (well, with his cat) until he died. While there he built a castle on the island out of mud bricks and things he found washed up on the shore. Although I wasn’t lucky enough to go visit the island and see his castle, his story piqued my interest and I knew that one day I wanted to write about something similar. Around the same time I read an article about nest parenting and thought that would be a fascinating concept to explore in a novel. Ash, my main character, hears the story about the island when she stays in the town on her weeks without her kids and is immediately curious about the castle, the island, the old man who once lived there and the younger man who currently takes care of it. This story, while marketed as women’s fiction, has strong romantic elements and a lot of features of my rural romances as well. There’s a gorgeous fisherman hero, a warm and friendly small-town community and a main character torn between the needs of her family and the needs of herself. I really enjoyed writing Ash’s story and hope you enjoy reading it too. Please note—my island and town are purely fictional and much closer to the city than Dampier is.

You can find out more about this book, including buy links, on Rachael’s website.

One Comment
  1. 29 October 2020 6:05 am

    Congratulations Rachael!

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