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Cosy up with the heart-warming rural romance from the best-selling author of The Wattle Seed Inn, ‘The River Gum Cottage’ – we have 17 copies up for grabs.

The River Gum Cottage establishes Leonie Kelsall firmly in the stable of rural fiction writers – just the right amount of romance, community and intrigue.’ Rachael Johns, author of the bestselling Outback Secrets.

Sometimes, home isn’t a place: it’s a feeling.

Lucie Tamberlani had it all: a business manager with a passion for naturopathy, she was set to take over the bookwork at the family strawberry farm in South Australia. But the unexpected fallout from a relationship sees her flee to Melbourne, raising her daughter alone.

Summoned back to the farm after her father’s death, Lucie must find a way to deal with not only grief, guilt, and the betrayal that forced her away – but the fear of losing her daughter.

Jack Schenscher is doing it tough: caring for his aged grandparents and managing their wheat farm while simultaneously pursuing his passion of sustainable eco-farming on his own acreage leaves him with little time and even less money.

With the death of his business partner, he could lose all he has worked toward. Yet when he meets Lucie, can he set aside one passion for another?

Both Lucie and Jack must discover that home is wherever the heart is.

Praise for Leonie Kelsall:

‘Warm, witty and brimming with big-hearted country characters, renovations and romance. A fabulous, feel-good rural read!’ – Maya Linnell, bestselling author of Magpie’s Bend

‘A welcome return that offers plenty of happiness, fun and heartbreak…with a wonderful message about letting go, seizing the day and embracing all experiences on offer…I highly recommend.’- Mrs B’s Book Reviews

‘Written with warmth, humour and sincerity, offering appealing characters and an engaging story…a lovely read, sure to satisfy.’ – Book’d Out

Please note this competition is open from 4th July 2022 until 31st July 2022 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. C. SwalesQLD
  2. J. JackmanTAS
  3. J. CooperQLD
  4. K. MartinNSW
  5. K. ParkerQLD
  6. K. SouthwellQLD
  7. L. VeiversQLD
  8. B. WarbrickNSW
  9. S. BlockleyTAS
  10. J. WalczakNSW
  11. D. PapaliaNSW
  12. S. BrownlowNSW
  13. J. BuckleyNSW
  14. W. FarthingVIC
  15. M. MajorVIC
  16. T. HewittQLD
  17. J. PippinVIC
  • It’s sounds so edge of the seat kind of readjng


  • I’ve recently been reading a few Australian rural romances but I haven’t read any by Léonie Kelsall and especially love that it’s set on a South Australian farm. it’s always great to find more Australian Authors!


  • There is something special about reading an Australian based book. It feels closer to real and definitely more relatable. I think The River Gum Cottage should be everyones next read!


  • This wonderful masterpiece will captivate and enlighten my heart
    With a signature of literary creativity and artistry, that’s uniquely part
    Amidst passion, warmth and sincerity, a true treasure to hold dear
    There would be a big thanks to Mouths of Mums as I smile and cheer.


  • Perfect for me to read on my first trip home in years. Drama, human interest, rural and enough romance to keep mum happy when she reads it. A great opportunity to enjoy a favourite author and bond with my lovely mum. Thanks.


  • I am locked away like so many of us from Covid and books are a new friend I have found . All the reviews tell me it will be a good lift of happiness the type I look forward to having again


  • I love books based in the Australian outback.


  • I need a new author to read. And i love books with a bit of suspense about them


  • It looks like such a deep, meaningful and informative read. I’ve been searching for a thought provoking and uplifting read to bring me some hope and joy!


  • In a household of 7, I often need an escape from reality. Though it sounds as complicated as my own life, so would be relatable


  • I have no books to read and need something new.


  • to allow myself some ME TIME to get swept away in a good book.


  • Sounds like such an entertaining and light read to keep me fully captivated.


  • I just loved her last release.


  • I love a feel good story line and this sounds perfect!


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