Kate Singleton has twelve days to find herself. With Christmas Day and her thirtieth birthday approaching, the best thing a city–chic fashion designer who no longer has a raison d'etre can do is nullify herself in the country. With Chardonnay.
When trouble strikes, the country presents her with Jamie Knight – a gallant but uncommunicative He–Man who drives an excavator and arrives to rescue Kate, her shoes and her case of Chardonnay from a boggy field.
The adventure should be over – nothing but a good story to tell to her friends in the city – but her saviour turns out to also be an unexpected roommate, the new owner of Silver Bells House, Kate's holiday home.
Forced together and dragged into the community Christmas spirit of the town, Kate and Jamie flounder their way through mistletoe, kissing games, carolling choirs, and a bone–deep yearning for community and acceptance.
Can the enchanting Silver Bells House and the holidays bind them together? Or will love get lost on Highway B23 back to the city?
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.
Fatalistic, long divorced and doing her best to give her children a good life, Lily works two jobs in her hometown of Swallow's Fall, saving every spare cent for the day she can lease the empty corner shop on Main Street. She longs to open it as Turnaround Treasures, a second-hand shop bursting with rescued country curios—but there aren't enough spare cents and Lily's dream is slipping away.
Ex-Navy diver Nick Barton arrived in Swallow's Fall a year ago to quietly reunite himself with civvy life. Recognising an instant attraction to Lily, Nick backed away fast. Given his track record of an unhappy ex-wife and the baggage that comes with a Special Forces career, Nick doesn't think he stands a chance with shy, reserved Lily. He can't be with her – but that doesn't mean he doesn't see her.
Lily has spent her whole life cheerfully giving to others. When Nick offers her the ultimate chance for a turnaround, will Lily's fear of being 'second hand' ruin the opportunity of forever love for both of them?
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?
Actress Edie Granger is in a spot of trouble.
When a big–time producer threatens to ruin her career–and possibly the rest of her life–she flees to her remote hometown in the Snowy Mountains and opens a theatre to put on her comedy whodunnit Who Shot the Producer.
Childhood friend and ex–commando Ryan Munroe has returned to Swallow's Fall to see if there's a future for him and Edie after their disastrous but unforgettable first and only kiss three years ago. She's still dazzling, still in love with her career and still out of his reach. He's about to give up when he learns that Edie might have trouble
on her heels.
Struggling with her growing attraction to Ryan, and torn between her career and a rekindled love for her hometown, Edie focuses on generating her cast and crew from the 182 Swallow's Fall residents and producing her play. But when elements from the play start happening for real, the comedy turns dangerous.
Edie is suddenly centre stage in the biggest role of her life. Can she pull it off ? And can Ryan ensure everyone survives to make it to the curtain call?
The launch of a warm and witty new series from the author of the internationally bestselling The House on Burra Burra Lane.