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Release day: The Wattle Seed Inn

2 July 2021

Today is the official release of The Wattle Seed Inn by Léonie Kelsall (paperback, ebook and audio, Allen & Unwin). Here’s the blurb:

Cover image of The Wattle Seed Inn by Leonie KelsallAn entrancing new rural romance from the bestselling author of The Farm at Peppertree Crossing.

Three aching hearts, a ramshackle country pub and a tangled web of secrets.

PR executive Gabrielle Moreau knows she has an easy life, but when her business partner claims she lacks career passion she takes ownership of a dilapidated pub in a tiny riverside settlement to prove she can be a success without falling back on her privilege.

Eighteen months ago, Settlers Bridge stonemason Hayden Paech had it all: a job he loved, good mates and a close family. All he needed was the right woman to come along, and he was ready to settle down. But one poor choice stole that chance and he’ll never risk caring for anyone again.

Living at Wurruldi Hotel for … goodness, so many years, Ilse has seen more changes of ownership than she can recall. Clinging to her failing memories, she’s tired of trying to protect the property her grandparents built. With the arrival of the elegant Gabrielle Moreau, however, it seems that finally an owner may recognise the importance of recapturing the grace and dignity of Ilse’s past.

For Ilse to find peace, Hayden forgiveness and Gabrielle her true passion, three aching hearts must reveal their secrets.

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

My daughter, Taylor, and I were road-tripping through South Australia’s Riverland on New Year’s Eve. We passed the remote Wanbi Hotel and hadn’t gone more than a hundred metres before I remarked that an old hotel like that, fallen into disuse, would have a story attached. We turned back and took a load of photos (sorry, owners!) and then spent the remaining hours of our trip brainstorming an idea about a hundred-and-fifty-year-old inn that, neglected and forlorn, is slowly dying. Like The Farm at Peppertree Crossing, this story is set near Settlers Bridge, so there’s a little sneak catch-up with Roni and Matt. You’ll also meet sophisticated Gabrielle, whose beauty is more than skin deep, and feisty Ilse; prickly, abrupt, but harbouring a deep love—and a deep hurt. But Hayden, ah, Hayden is my favourite. Because who doesn’t love an emotionally tortured hero, a man of great compassion and bravery who doubts his own worth? Yet, before Gabrielle and Hayden can rescue the inn, they’ll need to rescue one another.

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


  1. 3 July 2021 8:12 am

    Huge congrats Leonie!

    • Leonie Kelsall permalink
      3 July 2021 8:55 pm

      Thank you Sandy!

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