Just One Wish Author, Rachael Johns tells us What Books she’d buy her Characters for Christmas

Just One Wish Author, Rachael Johns tells us What Books she’d buy her Characters for Christmas

My favourite things about Christmas are food, family and of course having the perfect opportunity to thrust my love of books on my friends and family in the form of presents. In my latest novel, Just One Wish, Christmas features towards the end of the book, but it’s so full of drama that there isn’t really time for any festivities, so I thought it would be fun to write a Christmas present list for my characters. Below are the books I’d buy for each of the characters in Just One Wish and they might just be great gifts for your loved ones as well.

Ged – for the main character who is juggling family surprises and trying to choose between two equally problematic men, I’d give 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan because, let’s face it, every modern woman needs advice on how to live their life and this one is both hilarious and weirdly practical.

Christos – for love interest number one, I’d wrap up a copy of Chris Hammer’s latest Aussie crime, SILVER, because I’m currently reading it myself and think it would be a perfect Boxing Day read for this busy dad (not that he’ll have much time for reading THIS Christmas).

Jay – for love interest number two who has a desire to head to Mars, I’d give him a copy of Lonely Planet’s The Universe, so he can plan his trip!

Sappho – Ged’s mother is a housewife Instagram sensation, finally following her own heart’s desires, but after years of putting everyone else first and trying not to rock the boat, I think she’d really relate to Tricia Stringer’s The Model Wife.

Tony – Ged’s long-suffering father starts taking more care of himself in this book, so he’s getting the hugely useful gift of Donna Hay’s Modern Classics Book 1. I’ve had this book for years and still make loads of recipes from it.

Alice – As Ged’s grandmother is a passionate (fictional) Australian advocate for women’s rights, I think she’d love a copy of Emily Maguire’s This Is What A Feminist Looks Like – a history of Australian feminism. I’m hoping there might be one wrapped up under the tree for me as well.

Rosa – Sappho’s assistant and friend is a colourful and flamboyant champion for women, so she’d get a copy of Three Women by Lisa Taddeo because it’s been recommended to me by so many friends and is all about women’s desire and unmet needs. It’s definitely on my own Christmas wish list!

*Phil and Craig – for Ged’s gorgeous granddads I’d gift them a copy of Sh*t Towns of Australia by Rick Furphy and Geoff Rissole, because I reckon it would give them lots of laughs and I think they might be needing them by the end of the book.

*Ged’s baby (name withheld because…spoilers!) – there are so many good picture books coming out lately and so many classics that this is probably the hardest book to choose. I’d likely end up buying more than one. But, since I have a word limit for this post, the baby would get a copy of The Crayon’s Christmas by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, because I absolutely adore this series and am excited there’s a new one out!

Happy Christmas everyone. What books are you giving this year?

Rachael Johns

 

Buy a copy of Just One Wish here. // Read a review of Just One Wish here.

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, The Greatest Gift and Lost Without You. 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.

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                      Synopsis

                      Three women, three secrets, one life-changing journey. Alice has always been a trailblazer as a scientist, activist and mother. She knew her choices would involve sacrifices, but now, on the eve of her eightieth birthday, she's beginning to wonder if she's sacrificed too much.Alice's daughter, Sappho, rebelled against her unconventional upbringing, choosing to marry young and embrace life as a homemaker, but her status as a domestic goddess has recently taken a surprising turn.Ged has always been the peacemaker between her grandmother and mother. A tenacious journalist, she knows what she wants in life and love, yet when everything in her world starts falling apart, she begins to question whether she really knows anyone at all.At a crossroads in each of their lives, Alice, Sappho and Ged embark on a celebratory trip together, but instead of bringing them closer, the holiday sparks life-changing consequences and lifts the lid on a fifty-year-old secret.Can Ged rescue her family if their story is built on a betrayal? From bestselling, ABIA award-winning author Rachael Johns comes an engrossing and wise novel about ambition, choices and what it means to be a woman.
                      Rachael Johns
                      About the author

                      Rachael Johns

                      Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. She lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training.At 17 she began writing, enlightened by the thought that she could create whatever ending she liked, and almost a decade later, after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, she joined the Romance Writers of Australia association.It was there that Rachael learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts. She learnt about the craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc, and also discovered that she LOVED contemporary romance!She is the author of The Kissing Season, Tease Me, Cowboy, Man Drought, JiltedOutback Dreams, Outback Blaze, Outback Ghost, The Next Season (ebook), and The Road to Hope.

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