Wongan Creek has a second chance at life, but new possibilities unearth long-buried secrets…
Travis Bailey may as well be Wongan Creek. His family has farmed canola for generations, and he sometimes feels like he holds the community together with his bare, dirt-stained hands. Between caring for the farm, his orphaned niece and his elderly, ailing neighbour, he doesn’t have time for himself. He doesn’t have time to fall in love.
Social worker Heather Penney is living on borrowed time. When her mother died of Motor Neurone Disease, she took the initial blood tests and now nothing is guaranteed, let alone a future with a family and a home and a child. Wongan Creek, and its resident protector, might be getting under her skin, but she can’t afford to get attached.
But even as a new mine revitalises the small town, old secrets threaten resurface, and Travis and Heather find themselves fighting to save the farms and the futures of Wongan Creek’s long-time residents – and possibly their own lives.
Release date: November 15, 2016 from Escape Publishing
Secrets at Wongan Creek
Still waters run deep in Wongan Creek…
When spray drift ruins his crop and throws his ability to hold on to the family farm in question, Harley Baker wants to confront his neighbour and shout his rage and worry to the sky. But arguments are tricky when the woman whose herbicides killed his crop is also the woman he’s loved his whole life.
Tameka Chalmers knows that her father’s farming methods are outdated, inefficient, and even dangerous, so when Harley charges her with the loss of his livelihood, she can only accept the blame. There’s so much she would like to do differently, but her father’s rule is absolute and if she wants to keep working the farm she loves, she must do as she’s told.
But the simple action of speaking with Harley, the man she wants but can never have, starts an unexpected chain reaction of events that throw everything she’s ever known into question: her past, her family, her life. Dark secrets come to light and when Tameka is injured in a house fire, she and Harley have one small chance to seize a lifetime of happiness, if only they are able to rise from the ashes and claim it.
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What readers are saying
- Whispers at Wongan Creek by Aussie author Juanita Kees is a rural romance novel with a delicious ripple of suspense running through the pages. A great book which I recommend highly ~ Brenda Telford (Goodreads)
- An altogether unforgettable, heartwarming read ~ Talking Books (Goodreads)
- I loved this story from page one. The characters come to life on the page ~ Helen (Goodreads)
- I just loved Travis and the way he approached life ~ Poppy (Goodreads)