Lawson Cooper-Jones has two priorities in life his son, Ned, and the survival of the dairy farm that has been in his family for generations. Despite the best efforts of the town matchmakers and the determined pursuit of local girl Adeline Walsh, Lawson’s heart belongs still, and only, to his late wife.
But when a flat tyre strands Lawson and Ned in nearby Rose Hill, he’s surprised to find a woman living alone in the old general store of the deserted town. Ned immediately forms a bond with the beautiful stranger called Meg, and Lawson is surprised to find himself captivated by her too.
Although shy at first, Meg starts to open up to him about the haunting secrets of her new home and, with Lawson unable to get her out of his head, they agree to investigate the history of the old building together. Soon they find their friendship has bloomed into something more.
But when meddling Adeline makes it her mission to uncover the truth about the newcomer and her real identity is revealed, Lawson and Meg’s budding romance comes crashing down. Can they both learn to forgive in order to claim a future for their damaged hearts?
A moving story of secrets, love and new beginnings from bestselling author Rachael Johns.
'As you expect from Johns, the rural romance component of Talk of the Town is exceptionally well executed, however for me it was the tackling of topics that simply need to be discussed—Australia's difficult dairy industry, rebuilding after seemingly insurmountable grief, anxiety, and the heartbreaking toll of addiction—that made this story so captivating. ' — J'aimee Brooker, Netgalley
'For a reluctant country romance reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters are well-drawn and fully-developed, without being over the top. There are a few twists that took me by surprise, which I really dig, as it's not easy to be surprised when it comes to romance. Highly recommended.' — Bianca K, Netgalley
'I love how Rachael Johns has weaved the story of both Megan and Lawson. Both had come out of difficult life situations in their personal lives. Very well written by Rachael and can't wait for follow up stories involving Tab and Ethan. Oh and a warning, you will need tissues by the end of the book.' — Samantha Bainrot, Netgalley
'Talk of the Town was a book that drew me in right from the beginning and kept me engaged all the way through.' — Kathryn Trask, Netgalley
'MS Johns has written another fabulous story that will stay with me for a long time to come... it is moving, emotional and brought me to tears a few times… I can’t highly recommend this one enough it is a must-read. — Helen Sibbritt, Netgalley
'Tragedy, secrets, love and the chance of new lives fills the pages in the author’s latest rural romance; she never disappoints.' — Brenda Telford, Netgalley
'I loved it. Rachael is a star at writing small town, rural romances. This one is no exception. ' — Renee Conoulty, Netgalley
'A warm and endearing tale. A heartwarming happily-ever-after of Australian rural romance that's sure to please.' — Chris Coulson, Netgalley
'Absolutely love this author, she is awesome. I have read most of her books, and cant wait for the next one.' — Mandy Young, Netgalley
'I love how Rachel John makes her writing sparkle off the pages, combining heartbreak with wit, happiness and love... a wonderful book, so multi-layered and interesting.' — Jeanie Misko, Netgalley
'Move over Romeo and Juliet, step aside Scarlett and Rhett: their passions had nothing on the sensations currently racing through her body.' — Helen Hancock, Netgalley
'I really like how Rachael Johns
About the Author
Rachael Johns, an English teacher by trade and a mum 24/7, is the bestselling ABIA-winning author of The Patterson Girls and a number of other romance and women's fiction books including The Art of Keeping Secrets. She is currently Australia's leading writer of contemporary relationship stories around women's issues, a genre she has coined ‘life-lit'. Rachael lives in the Perth hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly gorgeous heroes-in-training and a very badly behaved dog. She rarely sleeps and never irons.