Allen & Unwin has released Maya Linnell’s debut novel Wildflower Ridge. Linnell gathers inspiration from her rural upbringing and the small communities she has always lived in and loved. Growing up in a small country town, climbing towering gum trees and reading her way through her family’s bookshelves, she soon discovered a never-ending supply of novels at the local library. She then found her feet in journalism, working at a rural newspaper before segueing into public relations and now fiction writing and blogging for Romance Writers Australia.

Wildflower Ridge‘s protagonist, Penny McIntyre, loves her life as an ambitious city professional, with a marketing team at her fingertips and a promotion just within reach. So, when she’s floored by a mystery illness and ordered back to the family farm for three months’ rest and recuperation, she is horrified to find her perfect life imploding. Within days, Penny has to leave her much-loved job, her live-in boyfriend, and her beloved city apartment to return to the small country town in which she grew up. Back to her dad and three sisters, one of whom has never forgiven her for abandoning her family and to her ex-boyfriend, Tim Patterson, who was the biggest reason she ran away in the first place. When Penny’s father is injured in a farming accident and Tim campaigns to buy the property, she must choose between the city life she loves and the farming dream she buried long ago.

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