16 November 2014

Australian rural romance novels

What began as a niche genre, Australian rural romance stories have really taken off in recent years. It just shows that the appeal of the Australian bush lifestyle, combined with evocative descriptions and a spicy romance, can capture the hearts of readers.

Interested? Here are some Australian rural romance authors to get you started:
I'd like to read novels in this genre that focus on older women as well. It seems to me that there's a whole generation of Australian rural characters that should be given their own stories. After all, romance is definitely not limited to younger women!

I've read novels by all these writers but are there other Australian authors I have missed? Leave your recommendations in a comment!


  1. Early this year I read Pearl in a Cage by Joy Dettman (woody Creek Series #1). Outside my normal read I wa so hooked! It is the first in a 6-book series by an Australian author ... Not A romance, but a series of romances, and hardships over about 60 years... A great series! Here is a review...

    The first novel in Joy Dettman's sensational new Woody Creek series now in B format
    On a balmy midsummer's evening in 1923, a young woman - foreign, dishevelled and heavily pregnant - is found unconscious just off the railway tracks in the tiny logging community of Woody Creek.
    The town midwife, Gertrude Foote, is roused from her bed when the woman is brought to her door. Try as she might, Gertrude is unable to save her - but the baby lives.
    When no relatives come forth to claim the infant, Gertrude's daughter Amber - who has recently lost a son in childbirth - and her husband Norman take the child in. In the ensuing weeks, Norman becomes convinced that God has sent the baby to their door, and in an act of reckless compassion, he names the baby Jennifer and registers her in place of his son.
    Loved by some but scorned by more - including her stepmother and stepsister who resent the interloper - Jenny survives her childhood and grows into an exquisite and talented young woman. But who were her parents? Why does she so strongly resemble an old photograph of Gertrude's philandering husband? And will she one day fulfil her potential?
    Spanning two momentous decades and capturing rural Australia's complex and mysterious heart, Pearl in a Cage is the unputdownable new novel by one of our most talented storytellers.

  2. Have you read any books by Liz Byrski? Liz lives in Western Australia and her books focus on older women......"chook lit", if you like.

  3. Yes, I've read all of Liz Byrski's books, Jennie. Chook lit has a wide potential audience - there should be more of it.

    Thanks for the recommendation, Deb. Will put it on my to-read list!


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