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New books to look out for… The Homestead in the Eucalypts by Léonie Kelsall

Léonie Kelsall is one of my favourite Aussie fiction writers and it is always a pleasure to see her name pop up next to a new book in her publisher’s publicity catalogues. I love Léonie’s books for their authentic characters and settings, and the way she balances some really sweet rural romance stories with heavier but also really relatable topics and themes. This year we’ve been extra lucky to have two new titles from Léonie – The Blue Gum Camp came out in January and we only have to wait until July 4 for The Homestead in the Eucalypts to arrive.

Here’s the synopsis from the publisher

Focused on pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor in suburban Sydney, Taylor doesn’t have time for love—yet it seems life has other plans when she catches the eye of charismatic Zac. However, betrayal and the financial implications of her parents’ impending divorce could destroy both her plans and her passion. Escorting her distraught mother to the far side of the country, she is forced to embrace a new life in the stark South Australian countryside. Stressed and disheartened, Taylor starts to experience disturbing dreams.

In 1877, Anna rises before the sun to milk the cow, fetch water from the almost-dry creek, and stoke the oven. If her parents had remained in Europe, instead of settling in the drought-ridden wilderness of South Australia, her life would be different—civilised, perhaps, as Mother loves to say. In Europe, she would have avoided the raging bushfire that leaves her reputation as blackened as the burnt-out scrub. But then, she would not have met handsome fellow settler, Luke Hartmann.

In her dreams, Taylor shadows Anna, finding joy in the simplicity of the other girl’s life. But as she escapes her stress by venturing deeper into Anna’s world, the borders between reality and dreams become increasingly blurred. When tragedy tears Anna’s family apart, Taylor must discover whether her dreams are pure fantasy—or if they recount a story more familiar than she could ever imagine.

Either way, it seems she’ll end up with a broken mind or a broken heart.


I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on The Homestead in the Eucalypts – I feel like a perfect book to curl up with and devour on a wintry weekend. I’d love to know whether this one is on your radar too. Or whether you’ve read Léonie’s books before and have a favourite? If you’d like to know more about her books you can head to her website here, or maybe you’d like to check out my review of her debut novel The Farm at Peppertree Crossing here.

If you’d like to hear about more books that book bloggers have their eyes on this week make sure you head over to Wishful Endings where Tressa hosts a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss books we’re excited about that we haven’t read yet.

xo Bron

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