Unfinished Business: A Place to Remember by Jenn J. McLeod

Unfinished Business: A Place to Remember by Jenn J. McLeod

Jenn J. McLeod has a knack for transporting her readers to far-flung Australian locations so that we almost feel we’re there with her lovable characters. Her latest sweeping love story, A Place to Remember, is no exception.

When 27-year-old Ava Marchette escapes life in the city and her tumultuous past, a country B&B called Ivy May at idyllic Candlebark Creek seems like the perfect escape. But when she is smitten by the owner’s son, larrikin grazier John Tate, it all goes pear-shaped. Ava and John share a passion for good food and cooking, and despite being seven years his senior, there’s an instant spark between the pair. But John is informally promised to the girl next door, Katie, by his domineering mother, Marjorie.

Thirty years later, a fifty-something Ava returns to Candlebark Creek seeking to resolve some of the unfinished business from all those years ago. Now, with an adult son and daughter, a phenomenally successful bakery business and a frightening medical prognosis, there are too many unanswered questions and secrets buried in the past.

But when Ava and John Tate parted many years before, John suffered his own medical emergency that left him unable to remember many years of his life. Now a reclusive painter, John is can’t remember anything about his beloved Ava.

When John’s son Blair and Ava’s daughter Nina chance upon each other, the past catches up to the next generation, and deeper secrets than ever suspected, surface. The older generation must make amends for the past so that the new g

Jenn J. McLeod describes her fifth novel as her ‘most ambitious’ yet and indeed, in A Place to Remember she has woven a rich tapestry encompassing four generations of Queenslanders. Without being over sentimental, the story of thwarted love is believable and imaginative, and the richly drawn characters get right under your skin. It’s an intricate and intriguing story of families and the secrets that can lurk within for years. Things that are simply never discussed.

McLeod captures the sense of place in the dry and dusty cattle country of Queensland so wonderfully, that’s it’s almost hard to believe that Candlebark Creek is not real. It was however inspired by a real place, also awesomely hot and beautiful.

As good as a night at the cinema with a box of chocolates, A Place to Remember is perfect for curling up with over the weekend (in your PJs) and not easily forgotten.

About the author

After leaving the corporate working world, Jenn J. McLeod decided to travel Australia in a fifth-wheeler caravan and fulfil her lifelong ambition to write. She has since published four novels.

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        Synopsis

        A man loses five years of his life. Two women are desperate for him to remember. Running away for the second time in her life, twenty-seven-year old Ava believes the cook's job at a country B&B is perfect, until she meets the owner's son, John Tate. The young fifth-generation grazier is a beguiling blend of both man, boy and a terrible flirt. With their connection immediate and intense, they begin a clandestine affair right under the noses of John's formidable parents.Thirty years later, Ava returns to Candlebark Creek with her daughter, Nina, who is determined to meet her mother's lost love for herself. While struggling to find her own place in the world, Nina discovers an urban myth about a love-struck man, a forgotten engagement ring, and a dinner reservation back in the eighties. Now she must decide if revealing the truth will hurt more than it heals...
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        About the author

        Jenn J McLeod

        When Jenn J. McLeod quit Sydney’s corporate communications chaos, she bought a little café in a small town and ran a unique, dog-friendly B&B in country NSW. Home now is a fifth wheeler caravan, her days spent writing heart-warming tales of Australian country life. Readers and reviewers alike enthusiastically received Jenn’s debut, House for all Seasons, placing it at #5 on the 2013 Nielsen’s Best Selling Debut Novel list. Season of Shadow and Light is the third book in her Seasons Collection, with a fourth Seasons Collection novel due in 2016.

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