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A Woodlea Novel

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The answer could be written in the stars... A standalone sweet and romantic novella from bestselling Australian author Alissa Callen.

Sibylla Elliott's return to small-town Woodlea will only be temporary. The audiologist will reassure herself that her father is doing well after his stroke and then be gone before her stepmother can wedge herself any further between them.

Single-dad Hugh Mason's entire world is his freckle-faced, space-obsessed son, Riley. When Hugh suffers a head injury, he has no Plan B, until Riley and his miniature pony come to his rescue, fetching their neighbour Sibylla. Glad to escape the tension in her family home, she moves to the next-door farm to help out the local horse chiropractor.

But when close quarters magnify the attraction between Sibylla and Hugh and refreshes past heartbreak, there is a price to pay. Will the wish of a motherless five-year-old as he stares at the night sky be enough to make Sibylla's plans permanent?

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About the author

When USA Today bestselling author Alissa Callen isn't writing, she plays traffic controller to four children, three dogs, two horses and one renegade cow who believes the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. After a childhood spent chasing sheep on the family farm, Alissa has always been drawn to remote areas and small towns, even when residing overseas. She is partial to autumn colour, snowy peaks and historic homesteads and will drive hours to see an open garden. Once a teacher and a counsellor, she remains interested in the life journeys that people take. She draws inspiration from the countryside around her, whether it be the brown snake at her back door or the resilience of bush communities in times of drought or flood. Her books are characteristically heartwarming, authentic and character driven. Alissa lives on a small slice of rural Australia in central western NSW.

To find out more, visit Alissa on her website.

You can also follow Alissa on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Publisher
HarperCollins Australia
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Published on
Nov 1, 2018
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Pages
50
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ISBN
9781489269737
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Women
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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A moving rural love story about two people who, in the face of life's tragedies, realise the strength they have within themselves and that they could be even stronger together. A new Woodlea Community rural romance by USA Today bestselling author Alissa Callen.

Will facing the past bring them together?

After losing a patient, Dr Fliss Knight returns to small town Woodlea and buys a rundown farm, her confidence and city career in tatters. She intends to live a solitary life and hopes that the slow country pace will help her heal.

Pickup rider Hewitt Sinclair is no stranger to how hairy things can get in a rodeo arena. But when he can't save the life of his twin brother, he hangs up his spurs. Determined to provide for his brother's widow and young family, he gives himself no time to grieve. But when a motorbike accident proves he needs to also look out for himself, he accepts an old friend's invitation to stay at an isolated property while his body heals.

When Fliss meets the cowboy living in the bluestone stables across the garden, all her hopes for a quiet and peaceful life fade. Despite his reserve, Hewitt is impossible to ignore. As they work together to care for an abandoned dog and her puppies they find themselves drawn to each other.

But as a family secret threatens every truth Fliss has ever known, and the heavy spring rain continues to fall, both Fliss and Hewitt must face their deepest fears. Will love be enough to guarantee happiness or will the past refuse to relinquish its dark hold?

Three full–length novels about those situations where you find yourself up close and personal...

What Love Sounds Like – Alissa Callen

Outback speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, believes her morning from hell is over. Then city–boy Kade Reid strides into her office and announces he and his wide–eyed niece are her new clients.

For Kade Reid, money is as important as breathing. But when he becomes an instant father to four–year–old Tilly, he escapes to the only place he was allowed to be a child...the family property of Berrilea.

As Mia and Kade work together to help Tilly overcome her speech delay, can they face their fears in order to give Tilly the family she so desperately needs?

Getting Real – Ainslie Paton

Rielle Mainline is a rock star with a hardcore image, a troubled heart, and a tour to front with her band, Ice Queen. She should be ecstatic. But the tour includes Sydney and Rielle has spent years running away from that city.

Jake Reed knows Rielle's reputation as a prize bitch will make being Ice Queen's tour manager a challenge, but Jake's confident he can handle her – until he meets her. Sparks fly, tempers flare, and two loners are about to discover that being alone isn't the same as being lonely.

Loving The Prince – Nicole Murphy

Cassandra Wiltmore is the heir to the throne of Rica, but it's unlikely she'll be stepping up any time soon. So she spends her days managing and building the Rican Balcite Mining Company. When an unwelcome bid for the mining license is announced, and threats and thefts ensue, Cassandra is forced to hire a new protector. If only the best man for the job wasn't also the best–looking man she's ever seen.

Kernan Radaton has ambition, and as protector to Cassandra Wiltmore, he's well placed to reach his goals. If only his new all–business boss didn't make him think only of pleasure. Now is not the time for a distraction, but once everything is safe again, Kernan has new goals – ones that involve a lot of time spent getting to know his boss on a very personal level.

The love of a lifetime, lost but never forgotten…

If he could turn back time, Declan would do things differently. For one, he would've never let go of Iris Blue McLain, the only woman he’s ever loved. Fifteen long and lonely years, and the ache in his heart is as painful as ever. 

When he sees her for the first time since they parted, she’s every bit as pretty as she was years ago. No, she’s even prettier. From across the crowded room, she steals his breath. Same silken, flame-colored hair. Same summer-blue eyes and almost the same smile, only now, there’s a hint of sadness. 

But when he asks her to dance, she wastes no time giving him the brush off. 


She’ll protect her heart, no matter the cost…

The years haven’t been kind to Iris. It all started when Declan broke up with her, leaving her heart shattered. After her car wreck, things went from bad to worse. Now, to top it all off, Declan strolls back into her life, acting like he’s got a right to be there. She can’t risk a second heartbreak. But some things never change, like the way his eyes remind her of his slow seduction, or his work-roughened hands that promise a gentle caress. 

For a moment, the years melt away and Iris wonders if she and Declan might have a second chance. But time can’t heal all wounds, and for two broken people, the secrets of the past threaten to break them once again.


Returning for Love is the fourth novel in the Long Valley world, although all books in the Long Valley world can be read as standalones. It has some strong language, and oh my, sexy times. Enjoy!

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