'Savannah Smith's been hurt by life. She doesn't need people, then she meets Ethan Daly. In the peace of Riverboat Point, magic can happen.
'From the award-winning author of Right as Rain and Queen of the Road.
'Savannah has a chip on her shoulder. And no wonder: apart from her tough teenage years, a car accident not only claimed her parents' lives, but left her with permanent injuries.
'She's not close to her little brother Jax either – although she's always been envious of his ability to just enjoy life. Jax moves to a small town, Riverboat Point, on the Murray River, and asks her to come too. She won't leave the city but when Jax disappears leaving a vague warning to watch out for the neighbours, she's forced to move and take over his houseboat business.
'With no idea what to watch out for she keeps all the neighbours at arm's length, including the mysterious guy next door, Ethan. Savannah is attracted to her tall dark neighbour but won't admit it. She can trust no one. In spite of her fears, they work closely and she can't deny the chemistry. Finally, she lets her guard down – only to discover he has been lying to her all along...
'Will Jax ever return, or has he met with foul play? Who is interfering with the houseboats and stealing from the business? Will Savannah find out the truth about Jax and Ethan's deal ... and can she ever trust Ethan again?' (Publication summary)
'Wongan Creek has a second chance at life, but new possibilities unearth long-buried secrets...
'Travis Bailey may as well be Wongan Creek. His family has farmed canola for generations, and he sometimes feels like he holds the community together with his bare, dirt-stained hands. Between caring for the farm, his orphaned niece and his elderly, ailing neighbour, he doesn't have time for himself. He doesn’t have time to fall in love.
'Social worker Heather Penney is living on borrowed time. When her mother died of Motor Neurone Disease, she took the initial blood tests and now nothing is guaranteed, let alone a future with a family and a home and a child. Wongan Creek, and its resident protector, might be getting under her skin, but she can't afford to get attached.
'But even as a new mine revitalises the small town, old secrets threaten resurface, and Travis and Heather find themselves fighting to save the farms and the futures of Wongan Creek's long-time residents — and possibly their own lives.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'Ten years ago, Todd Lansing stood over his father’s grave, his heart thumping out curses on Sia Collins for causing his death. When he returns to Oberon and sees Sia again, his heart thumps with a different emotion, one he fights with all the anger he still feels.
'Sia didn’t commit the break-in that ended up killing Mr Lansing, but to admit that would send her father to jail. She has rebuilt her life in the small town, atoned for her accused crime, and carved out a niche using her talent with paint to reach out to the community, raise funds, and support her family.
'When Todd finds out the truth, he can’t understand why Sia won’t speak out and clear her name, and it threatens to tear them apart. With her relationship with Todd on the line, will Sia choose loyalty or love?'
Source: Publisher's blurb.