An English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. That’s some of the ingredients that make up one of the biggest names in Australian rural romance right now. In a relatively short space of time, Rachael has shown herself a force to be reckoned with, helping to bolster a new movement in Australian romance writing. Here is a list of the books she’s most excited to read these holidays.
The Cowgirl by Anthea Hodgson: I absolutely adored Anthea’s debut rural romance The Drifter, it is the best in this genre I’ve read for a while. It was both heart-warming and lol funny, not to mention had a gorgeous grumpy hero (my favourite kind) and so I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on her next novel, which is set in the same charming small WA town.
The Secret Vineyard by Loretta Hill: I’ve and loved everything my fellow sandgroper Loretta has written and this book sounds fantastic. Plus anything with “secret” in the title is a must read for me.
Redemption Point by Candice Fox: I really enjoy reading crime because it’s outside my genre, so I don’t find myself analysing ever single word. Last year I picked up Candace’s Crimson Lake and devoured it in a weekend, so I’m really looking forward to revisiting the town and her writing again in this new book!
The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein: I have to admit here that Cathryn is a good friend of mine, so I’ve been lucky to have known about this story since it was a mere twinkle in her eye and I loved the premise from the very first moment she told me. I just know this story about a man whose fiancé has been in a terrible accident and the gutwrenching choices he has to make, told in Cathryn’s warm, witty style, will have me turning the page fast.
The Red Dirt Road by Alissa Callen: another book by another good friend, how lucky am I to have such talented buddies?! But it’s also the sequel to her gorgeous rural romance The Long Paddock and I’m eager to read more from this rural town.
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins: Kristan is an auto-buy for me and I love that she always has a book out in our summer because they are always perfect holiday reading!
Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich: I’m a sucker for Stephanie Plum, although I have to admit I kinda wish Janet would just end this series now and make Steph pick between Joe and Ranger. I do love a good love triangle but this one seems to be getting beyond a joke now. Saying that… I’m still reading 😉
Still Me by Jojo Moyes: I actually loved After Me more than I loved Me Before You, so I have high hopes for the third Lou Clark instalment!
Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer: This book isn’t out until February but I’ve got an advanced reading copy and I’m hugely excited about it. The blurb tells me it’s a book about two very different sisters, a baby and a very difficult choice – sounds right up my alley.
The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth: another book I’m lucky enough to have an advanced reading copy of. I’ve read all of Sally’s books so far and she just keeps getting better. Looking forward to this one about a perfect neighbourhood that is hiding lots of juicy secrets.
About the author
Rachael Johns, an English teacher by trade and a mum 24/7, is the bestselling ABIA-winning author of The Patterson Girls and a number of other romance and women’s fiction books including The Art of Keeping Secrets and The Greatest Gift. She is currently Australia’s leading writer of contemporary relationship stories around women’s issues, a genre she has coined ‘life-lit’. Rachael lives in the Perth hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training and a very badly-behaved dog. She rarely sleeps and never irons.
Read our review of Rachael’s latest book Lost Without You here, or purchase a copy here.