The Outback Governess: A Sweet Outback Novella

· Brigadier Station Book 4 · Serenade Publishing
54 reviews

About this ebook

Can Paige bring the family back together or have the wounds of the past cut too deep? 

When special-needs teacher Paige, takes up the position of Governess for three young children in the Queensland outback, she has no idea just how much and how quickly she would come to love the dusty, dry country, and the family who desperately need her.

Logan was heartbroken when his wife died, leaving him to raise their three children with the help of his aging parents on their remote cattle station. To avoid the constant reminder of the love he lost, he works on a mine in Mt Isa, meaning he only sees his family week on, week off. 

But then tragedy strikes and Paige and Logan are forced to work together to look after the children, alone on the station. As well as being their teacher, Paige also becomes a substitute mother and teaches Logan how to be a parent again. A role he has avoided since losing his wife.

In the tradition of Tricia Stringer and Pamela Cook, Sarah Williams weaves a story of love and loss and proves that family is always worth fighting for.

If you enjoyed The Brothers of Brigadier Station you will enjoy learning about distance education and how thousands of rural children learn with the help of their parents and Governesses.

“Sarah Williams captures the essence of the Australian Outback.” Annie Seaton.

What is a Governess? A person employed to teach children in a private household. In contrast to a nanny, he concentrates on teaching children instead of meeting their physical needs. Her charges are school aged rather than babies.

What is distance education? School of the Air and Distance Education are two correspondence schools set up for children in remote and outback communities so they can access primary and secondary education. Traditionally these classes were conducted by radio, now the hour-long lessons are delivered over the internet. The teacher or Governess then spends the rest of the school day delivering the assigned materials. 

54 reviews
November 22, 2019
(I am logged in on my husband's account. LMAO) Warning. Don't make this a bed time read. It is now 0320 and once I started I couldn't stop till the end. Thank you it's been a long time since I did this with a book.
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Yvonne Cruz
November 13, 2017
I had not read any stories by Ms Williams and decided to give this one a try. I have to say, that even though I have visited Australia a couple of times, this book brought the outback ranching , to life. An ad looking to hire a teacher or a governess for three children, one of them a special needs boy, attracted Paige’s attention. She had no experience as a governess, but she is an educator , and one familiar with special needs children. Their father, Logan, a widower , is working in the mines and comes home every other week while the children live with his parents. I have to confess, that at times I had to look up a word that would be familiar to an Aussie, but not to someone outside the country. In general, the story was engaging, and heartwarming and the children entertaining. The descriptions of life in Queensland made you think you were there. Add a little romance, and you have a good story. I was gifted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Polly West
July 1, 2019
Once you start reading this story you do not want to put it. Will read the rest of them
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About the author

Nominated Best Australian Author (2018) Australian Romance Readers Association

Nominated Best Australian Romance for The Dairy Farmer's Daughter (2018) Australian Romance Readers Association

Nominated Best Debut Author (2017) Australian Romance Readers Association

Nominated Best New Romance Author (2017) AusRom Today

Sarah Williams spent her childhood chasing sheep, riding horses and picking Kiwi fruit on the family orchard in rural New Zealand. After a decade travelling, Sarah moved to Queensland to raise a family and follow her passion for writing. She currently resides in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Australia. 

When she's not absorbed in her fictional writing world, Sarah is running after her family of four kids, one husband, two dogs, a spirited horse and a cat. She hosts the weekly writer podcast/vlog Write with Love, runs writers workshops, mentors and supports her peers achieve their publishing dreams. 

Sarah is regularly checking social media when she really should be cleaning. 

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