Adult Fiction

Can’t Wait Wednesday :: Bottlebrush Creek :: Maya Linnell

Today I’m joining in with a blog meme called “Can’t Wait Wednesday” which is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. As the title suggests, this is a chance for everyone to talk about those books that we just can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week I’m featuring Bottlebrush Creek an upcoming rural romance by Aussie author Maya Linnell.

Bottlebrush Creek is Maya’s second novel after her 2019 debut Wildflower Ridge (you can read my review here). In Wildflower Ridge we met the McIntyre sisters, and in particular focused on Penny as she came to terms with coming home to the family farm. In Bottlebrush Creek we’ll be hanging out with one of Penny’s sisters, Angie. Here’s the synopsis from Maya’s website

Between managing a bustling beauty salon, hectic volunteer commitments and the lion’s share of parenting two-year-old Claudia, Angie McIntyre barely has time to turn around. And with each passing month, she feels her relationship with fly-in, fly-out boyfriend Rob Jones slipping through her fingers. When Rob faces retrenchment, and the most fabulous fixer-upper comes onto the market, Angie knows it will be the perfect project to draw their little family together. 

The weatherboard cottage is as charming as it is derelict, with established fruit trees, enough room for Angie’s dream garden and wide, open spaces for young Claudia. Having handled an unexpected pregnancy with relative ease, Angie and Rob think they’re up for the challenge of renovating. There’s just one catch; the 200-acre property is right next door to Rob’s parents in south-west Victoria. 

It doesn’t take long for rising tensions to set a wedge between the hard-working couple. Instead of drawing them closer together, Angie and Rob have to find out the hard way whether their grand design will be the very thing that tears them apart.


Doesn’t that sound fantastic? I think it is going to be fun to see how the reno bits are written, given that Maya identifies as a “recovering” owner builder herself haha.

Maya has recently started a monthly newsletter, and in the February edition shared her blue ribbon winning recipe for yo-yo biscuits – I can tell you they are just as delicious as they look! I’ve got my fingers crossed for some more baking tips in the months to come!

You can find Maya online here, and sign up to her newsletter here.
Bottlebrush Creek is out from Allen & Unwin in June – you can find out more, and find a link to pre-order, on Maya’s website here.

xo Bron

If Maya’s novels sound great to you (they are!) you can now check out reviews for all four McIntyre sisters’ stories here on, by following the links below.

Review of Wildflower Ridge
Review of Bottlebrush Creek
Review of Magpie’s Bend
Review of Paperbark Hill


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