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Louise Wilson also writes women's fiction as Louisa Valentine, mainly for Babyboomers and Gen Xers. Louisa's first full-length fictional novel 'Retreat into Paradise' is now available as an Ebook.


In 2019 she entered a short story competition for historic novelists by converting a factual story from her own Flockton family history into her first attempt at creative non-fiction. The story length could not exceed 3,000 words. Given today's attitudes, 'Ahead of His Time' might have been a good title for this story but in the end the focus was romance, with 'Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes'. 


Please stay in touch. It's easy - just 'Like' the Louisa Valentine Facebook page. Occasional posts on that page will take you back in time, to a certain kind of love story.

Readers' Comments


For 'Retreat into Paradise':

  • Hannah becomes a caretaker, of Phillip Boulton's country property, in country Victoria. With Pat, the beautiful neighbour, staking her 'claim' to Phillip, Hannah tries to hide her feelings. Does Phillip feel the same? Will Hannah's past catch-up with her? An excellent story, with twists and turns that keep you guessing. I started it Christmas night and finished it Boxing Day, so easy was it to read, loved it. Lilian Magill, Amazon, 27 Dec 2019
  • Romantic fiction is not normally what I read but I was already familiar with Louisa Valentine’s writing as Louise Wilson, author of some very acclaimed family histories so I gave it a go and it was well worth it. Hannah Stockton, like her creator, researches and writes family histories. Reeling from an abusive relationship and needing a quiet retreat to write her new history, she accepts a position as caretaker of a small cattle property just outside of Melbourne. The owner is successful banker, Phillip Boulton, who is not only attractive but a conscientious, modern week end farmer. But, alas,he is very sensitive about a mysterious blot on his own family story. His next door neighbour, Pat, has taught him a great deal about farming, she is extremely attractive, and is obviously ready to take the relationship further. Hannah is a city girl but ready to learn about the needs and habits of the somewhat intimidating cattle and Phillip is a patient instructor. Hannah’s ex partner is determined to find her and renew their relationship. So the scene is set. Louisa/Louise herself is not only a family historian but also has a background in economics and finance and she obviously knows a bit about domestic violence and farming. There are enough issues in the story to make it a good choice for book clubs and as a family and local historian myself I would recommend it to anyone interested in these activities. PLUS it is a jolly good story! Shirley Evans, Goodreads, 29 Dec 2019
  • Love the book, hope you are working on the next one.  Eliza Renton, FB, 1 Jan 2020
  • I am not a great fan of the Romance genre but was interested to read Louisa’s first novel. I found it to be an enjoyable read with great descriptions of country life in rural Victoria. My only criticism (and a minor one) is that the explanation for Philip’s behaviour, which was one of the main themes of the story, was something of an anti-climax. Robyn Lobb, Goodreads, 3 Jan 2020
  • I loved 'Retreat into Paradise', it brought back so many memories for me of the beautiful farm.
    I enjoyed the characters in the book and all of the twists in the story. Karen Wilson, FB, 22 Jan 2020
  • I really enjoyed your book. I think it will appeal to both genealogists and others equally. Perhaps a little predictable in parts, but definitely made me chuckle in parts with some of your family history references. It was a great holiday read. Well done. Jenny Scammell, FB Messenger, 10 Feb 2020
  • I enjoyed this romance for many reasons including its wit and humour. It has the requisite amount of sexual tension as well as some very interesting aspects of life on a cattle property. The setting is rural Victoria, a small enough state to allow primary producers to commute to Melbourne with relative ease. The writer uses this circumstance to explore the diverse experience of country and city life. Her male protagonist manages to straddle the two worlds with convincing allure as a love interest. The female, first person protagonist, is from a completely different world adding more interesting plot points to the story. There has never been a better time to read an enjoyable romance with substantive extra ingredients. Frances, Goodreads, 29 Mar 2020

More online feedback, please!

News and Updates

'Retreat into Paradise' was offered as a 'freebie' over the Christmas 2019 holiday period, as a holiday read. It was a thrill to see the book reach #3 on Amazon's rankings in its 'Western' category, where Australian rural romances are classified.


A second novel is coming - set in Sydney.


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Publication Details


Retreat into Paradise
Louisa Valentine, 18 December 2019 
Ebook, 267 pages 
Online at Amazon

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