Adult Fiction,  Auslit Review,  Romance Review

I can’t wait for… Wallaby Lane by Maya Linnell

I don’t know how they do it but Aussie authors just keep coming with the amazing books, blowing up my tbr list before they even hit the shelves and I wanted to start showcasing some of the titles I’m most excited for here on my blog. I used to join in sometimes with a fun meme called “can’t wait Wednesday”, which is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. In fact, I have featured today’s author in a can’t wait Wednesday post before – way back at the start of 2020, when we were waiting for her second novel, Bottlebrush Creek. It is of course one of my absolute favourite rural romance writers, Maya Linnell, who now has her SIXTH book on the way, Wallaby Lane. Here’s a little peek at the synopsis…

From interviewing local flower growers to receiving blue ribbons for her show baking, Lauren Bickford’s genuine love for her hometown is almost as strong as her ambition to become a radio presenter. But is it enough to outweigh the series of on-air stuff-ups that have plagued her career?

No stranger to this small winegrowing region in South Australia’s Limestone Coast, Jack Crossley is the new cop in town. He’s traded his city beat for a slower pace, and as a former local, knows only too well that mischief can lurk around every quiet corner.

For Jack and Lauren, the course of true love is not running smoothly. Can he restore order in the town before the neighbourhood watch vigilantes take justice into their own hands? Or are Jack’s biggest worries much closer to home? Can Lauren’s reporting remain impartial as her attraction to Jack grows? Or will her family’s advice lead her completely astray?

Featuring Penwarra’s 100th Show, a one-eyed goat and a galah named Gary, Wallaby Lane is a complete delight from one of Australia’s favourite rural romance writers.


I just love Maya’s books, and really enjoyed the country show subplot in Kookaburra Cottage so I’m super excited to hear that we’ve got more show action in this new novel.

Wallaby Lane is out from Allen & Unwin on 4 June, and you can pre-order it now.

You can keep up with the latest from Maya online on her website here, and her Instagram account here.

Check out my previous reviews of Maya’s books
My review of Wildflower Ridge
My review of Bottlebrush Creek
My review of Magpie’s Bend
My review of Paperbark Hill
My review of Kookaburra Cottage

Let me know in the comments if this is one that’s on your radar too!

xo Bron

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