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Release day: Magpie’s Bend

1 June 2021

Today is the official release of Magpie’s Bend by Maya Linnell (paperback, ebook and audio, Allen & Unwin). Here’s the blurb:

Cover image of Magpies Bend by Maya LinnellBush nurse Lara McIntyre and journalist Toby Paxton are thrust into the limelight when an accident puts the beating heart of their community in jeopardy.

The small country town of Bridgefield can’t manage without their general store and post office, but Lara can’t stomach the idea of out-of-town buyers revamping it with no regard for what the residents want or need. She’s also unsure about where Toby’s allegiances lie in this fight.

Loyalties are put to the test as the locals attempt to save the shop, with personal agendas, old grudges and misunderstandings threatening their best efforts.

Featuring a black-tie ball, a fun run, a magpie called Vegemite and a snake-chasing kelpie called Basil, Magpie’s Bend is a story about rural lives, family, love and letting go.

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

As a rural resident, I know firsthand that general stores are the lifeblood of small communities. The near closure of our own country shop—and the local uproar that followed—inspired the storyline for Magpie’s Bend. It was such a treat to tell the story from Lara McIntyre’s perspective. As a former employee and long-standing customer at Bridgefield’s General Store, Lara is determined to try to save the shop, even if it means teaming up with newcomer, Toby Paxton. I also had lots of fun adding in an all-abilities baking program, a black-tie singles ball (similar to the ball where I met my husband) and lots of big, busy family catch-ups with characters you’ve come to know and love from Wildflower Ridge and Bottlebrush Creek.

You can find out more about this book at Maya’s website or buy it from here.

One Comment
  1. 2 June 2021 6:14 am

    Happy release day Maya!

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