Gemma Munroe loves hard, laughs hard and plays hard. Or at least she did before today. Her dream is finally within her grasp – owning the toy shop in Swallow's Fall and establishing herself permanently. Only one person has the power to get in her way: Josh Rutherford – the love of her life who kissed her and left her ten years ago is coming home.
Josh will be in town for five days. Only five days. He'll finally sever the ties to a youth filled with poverty by selling the properties that are now his. He's returning healthy, wealthy and emotionally stable, and then he'll leave forever. It's all in the plan. Everything...except for Gem. He never forgot her, but he definitely forgot the effect she has on him. Now she's got problems, and he can't seem to leave without trying to help her solve them.
The town itself also has its own plans: Gemma and Josh are thrown together in Speed–Date fiascos, kissing experiments, bar fights and an issue with the North Star – Josh's compass and the road to his next adventure. Seven weeks later Josh is still in town. Gem has to get through her best friends' wedding and Josh has to get over Gem. Because he's not staying. Is he?
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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.
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.