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Horse riding, bass playing, and bird watching Alicia Hope lives on coastal acreage dotted with Australia’s famous gum trees, and frequented by a delightful variety of feathered visitors. Along with an author husband, Frank H Jordan, and feathered larrikin, cockatiel Kewbie Kewberton, Alicia shares her Queensland home with roos, goannas, and pretty-face wallabies.
Her feel-good stories showcase her love of the land and the natural world, and this is certainly true of her latest novel, The Long Road to Loving Jackson, the second in her LONG ROAD series. Inspiration for the story came from a display of trick riding at a country show, and from glimpses of a gracious old homestead on sweeping cattle country with the Great Diving Range at its back door, viz ‘Granger Farm’.
Writing this novel gave Alicia a chance to re-live the joys of farming life in rural Queensland, and she hopes readers also enjoy her very country, very Aussie stories. These include two rural romances (with more to come) and a chick lit, The Cafe Birds, set on the Atherton Tableland in the state's far north.

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Rural Romance, Women's Fiction
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Rural Romance

Confronted with a suspicious death, mounting farm debts, and a squatter she can’t seem to shake, injured trick rider Abbey has tough choices to make.
Cut and run or stay and ride it out?
Defy her uncle again or redeem herself?
Lower her guard or fortify her heart's defenses?
Bad things often happen in threes, but if a girl's lucky she just might be offered a second chance ... or three.
And on a long road, it can be the hitchhikers collected along the way that make the journey worthwhile.

Extract from review by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite:
'In this sweet and clean novel, we meet trick rider Abbey Miller, who has been put out of action by injury and grief. As she tries to put her life back together new challenges arrive, including a squatter she can’t seem to shake. What results is an emotive and enjoyable romantic adventure with plenty of horses and heart.
Alicia Hope has crafted a delightful and highly engrossing tale of inner strength, with realistic twists and some neat surprises. The atmosphere builds to one which is highly uplifting and fun. I would certainly recommend The Long Road to Loving Jackson to fans of accomplished women’s drama.'

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Rural Romance

Maggie's in love, just not with the man she married, a situation the uber-capable HR officer never anticipated having to face. And when civil engineer Grayson travels to a remote Queensland town to relieve for six weeks, he isn't expecting to have to summon the Flying Doctors, survive a tropical cyclone, or lose his heart.
By the time he sets off on the long journey home, Maggie also finds herself on the road ... the long road to loving Grayson. And like Australia's outback highways, there are plenty of road blocks and obstacles to be negotiated, so she'd better buckle up.

"Highly recommended." - One Stop Fiction reviewer Kathleen Lance
I am not a fan of romance novels with insipid characters who can never manage to talk to one another. This romance is different. The setting is wonderful, the character of Maggie satisfyingly complex, and the conclusion ... very nicely done. [I highly recommend] The Long Road to Loving Grayson for fans of romance, and of light fiction in general.

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Women's Fiction

In the style of THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB comes a tasty slice of suburban life and a hearty serving of true friendships.

The Café Birds, five Aussie BFFs, meet regularly to share the ups and downs of life over coffees and cake.
Paige’s marriage and new business both hover on the brink, but will the solution to one push the other over the edge?
A devastating discovery sees Caitlin thrust into the arms of a – did someone say imaginary? – new beau.
Burdened with guilty secrets and a bad-tasting batch of gluten intolerance, dinner party doyenne Megan has a lot on her plate. As does lonely widow Nita, who feels her life and relationship with her teenage daughter have come adrift.
And gorgeous Grace appears permanently typecast as trophy girlfriend to a succession of unworthy suitors, a situation that can’t go on forever - not if her friends can help it!

''This book was a joy to read! I laughed, cried, and swore all the way.' - Amazon reviewer Evonne Hutton

'A well written book, The Cafe Birds kept me entertained from the opening chapter. It takes the reader through the triumphs and tragedies of an odd mix of five ladies. Despite their differences in personality and lifestyle, they are good for each other, keeping each other grounded and occasionally helping one another out of difficult situations. A delightful mix of personalities, they deal with very real issues that afflict ordinary women everywhere. I laughed out loud at times and felt my heart being pummelled at others, but all in all this is an excellent read set in Australia.' - Amazon reviewer Margaret Watkins.

‘This novel presents a slice of life. The characters in the book are truly human. Readers will laugh, cry, and hope that they too can become members of The Café Birds.’ – reviewer Kathleen M Lance.

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