We know how overwhelming it can be when you're trying to pick a new book to read.
Walking into a bookstore is great, without question, but September and October are two of the busiest publishing months of the year and sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect book in amongst all the new releases.
If rural romance, rural fiction, or historical romance are your cup of tea, read on because we have the perfect recommendations for you.
And the best part is that all three of our top picks are written by talented Australian women who are best-selling authors in their genres.
If you like rural romance...
We recommend The Saddler Boys
by Fiona Palmer. Read an extract from the novel here
We recently spoke to Fiona about her latest book and we were inspired by her love and passion for rural life. You can listen to the audio of our chat with Fiona here
In The Saddler Boys
, we meet schoolteacher Natalie, who has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead. When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing father, Drew.
As Nat's school comes under the threat of closure, and Billy's estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her society life in Perth and the rural community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she's really made of -- and where she truly belongs.
If you like rural literature...
We recommend Wild Lands
by Nicole Alexander.
Nicole spoke to us about the research process that she undertook for her new novel, and let us in on some of the treasured historical heirlooms she and her family have at their property. You can listen to the full audio of our chat with Nicole here
The year in 1837 in New South Wales, and settlers in search of fertile country are venturing far outside the colony. Literally cutting a swathe through the bush with their bare hands, they lay claim to territory beyond government jurisdiction -- and the reach of the law. As she accepts a position on one such farm, seventeen-year-old Kate Carter is unaware that she is entering a land of outlaws, adventures, and murderous natives.
The first people of this new world will no longer accept the white man's advance, and retaliatory attacks on both sides have made it a frontier on the brink of war. Into Kate's path comes Bronzewing, a young white man schooled by a settler family yet raised within an Aboriginal tribe. Caught between two worlds, Bronzewing strives to protect his adopted people and their vanishing civilisation.
If you like historical romance, with a touch of mystery...
We recommend The Perfumer's Secret
by Fiona McIntosh. Read an extract from the novel here
The second Fiona on our list is a Booklover favourite, and her latest novel doesn't disappoint. We spoke to Fiona about what inspired her to write this novel, and she chatted to us about the incredible lengths she went to in ensuring her novel was as authentic as possible. You can hear all about it here
On the eve of the First World War, Fleurette, the only daughter of the wealthy Delacroix perfume dynasty, is being forced to marry a man she loathes, Aimery De Lasset, head of the pre-eminent perfume manufacturer in France. It is only the cathedral bells tolling the rally to the frontlines that save her from sharing his bed.
When she receives an unexpected letter from Aimery's estranged brother, Fleurette is left holding a terrible secret, and the sparks of a powerful passion. Her discoveries risk shattering the two families and their perfume empires, bringing tragedy down on them all.