The mysterious death of her mother has left Charlotte Simmons on edge and off–balance for too long. The only way to move forward is to get answers, and those answers can only be found in one place. So Charlotte buys a bed & breakfast establishment in Swallow's Fall, a small town in Australia's Snowy Mountains, as a ploy to get close to the man who might have the answers. She'll jazz up the old place, flip it, get her answers, and be gone in two months – max.
What she doesn't count on is opposition from the dogmatic and slightly eccentric members of the town council, and the hotshot owner of Kookaburra's Bar & Grill and his 200–squats–a–day physique who offers to act as mediator, but whose eyes promise so much more.
Easygoing Daniel Bradford knows progress is slow in Swallow's Fall. He's finally about to put his plans into place to upgrade the hotel when a prim–and–proper citified redhead blows into town, putting everyone on edge. The only way to contain the trouble she's about to cause is to contain her – but he knows trouble when he sees it, and soon it becomes very clear that there's absolutely nothing containable about Charlotte, or the way he feels about her.
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A remote outback home where she can become someone new–and maybe find a forever love?
Rachel Meade is a woman with a past she wants to escape from. Finding herself in Mt Maria, a small outback town in Western Australia, she thinks she's found a place to stay.
Before she knows it, Rachel is corralled into helping with the Tidy Town competition by the Dramatic Society widows who have a tendency to gossip and take charge. It's not in her plan, but she finds herself allowing friendships to develop. She's even more surprised by her growing attraction to the town's engaging senior police officer.
Ex–detective Senior Sergeant Luke Weston knows anything and everything happens in the country, and he's seen it all–stolen chickens, pub fights and alleged cheating for the Tidy Town competition are only some of puzzles Mt Maria offers Luke. He's been playing for Rachel, thinking maybe she's the one. Then he gets news that the Crime Squad are looking for her, and he's ordered to get close and stay close. Is Rachel in trouble, or is she the trouble?
Luke is fighting his attraction to a woman he might have to take into custody, and it looks like he's going to be arresting more than one person before the end of the week. Luke needs to restore peace in his corner of the outback, but he knows he's not going to get out of this without getting his heart busted.
With her past catching up with her, Rachel has to decide whether it's time to cut and run again, or whether this time she's found the person–and the place–to finally heal her heart.
Just ten days after her fresh start in the isolated Snowy Mountains, Samantha Walker trips over a three hundred pound pig and lands in the arms of Dr. Ethan Granger – and the firing line for gossip. It was hardly a 'date' but sparks of the sensual kind are difficult to smother in a community of only 87 people. Now there's a bet running on how long she'll stay and what she'll get up to while she's in town.
Ethan has his own issues – Sammy's presence in his childhood home brings with it painful recollections of family scandals and a bad boy youth. When the gossip around them heightens, his life is suddenly a deck of cards spread on the table for all to see. Then Sammy's past catches up with her... and it looks like all bets are off.