City girl Hannah Stockton writes histories as her day-job and family histories in her spare time. Needing a temporary escape from a violent boyfriend, she takes up an advertised position as a live-in caretaker ‘with light duties’ at a country retreat outside Melbourne. The owner, Philip Boulton, is a hunky high-flying banker who visits on weekends to attend to his small herd of cattle.
Hannah is dismayed to discover that Philip has been taught all he knows about farming by his next-door neighbour, who lusts after Philip and resents Hannah’s presence. Hannah can’t tell whether Philip is ‘more than friends’ with his guru.
Philip has recently discovered a family secret. Given his profession, he’s sensitive about this fact becoming public. Fearing Hannah’s skills as a family history researcher, he keeps her at a distance while he processes his secret.
Meanwhile, as her ‘boss’, he helps Hannah to overcome her fear of cattle and she learns to love country life … and Philip.
For 'Retreat into Paradise':
Over the Christmas 2019 holiday period it was a thrill to see 'Retreat into Paradise' reach #3 on Amazon's rankings in its 'Western' category, where Australian rural romances are classified.
In February 2021 'Retreat into Paradise' was republished with a new ISBN and a brand new cover.
The new cover complements the theme for Louisa Valentine's second novel 'Trading Secrets', published in February 2021 and set in Sydney.
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Retreat into Paradise
Louise Wilson, South Melbourne, VIC, 12 February 2021
Ebook, 267 pages
Paperback, 334 pages