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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little Black Dress (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755347153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755347155
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have always been restless, never able to stay still for long. Although I have lived and worked in many different countries, I was raised in Australia and it's to Australia that I often return, in real life and in fiction.

I was born in Melbourne, but when I was very small, the family moved to a small country town in Queensland. My first response on being told of the move: Great - now I can get a pony.

Two things dominated my childhood. Ponies and books. It would be fair to say that most of the books featured ponies. As I got older, boys were included in the list - but only boys who rode ponies. Later, it was men with horses - but you get the general idea.

My love for writing was initially channelled into journalism, an almost respectable paying job. I worked as a reporter and producer of news and other factual TV programmes in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK.

I got to see and do a lot of unusual things. I met some interesting people, including one Pope, at least three Prime Ministers, a few movie stars and a dolphin. I also got to see a lot of Australia. Unfortunately, it was usually during a flood or a bushfire.

My first published fiction, a short story called The Last Dragon, appeared in 2002. Since then I have had numerous short stories published in magazines and anthologies. I was thrilled to have my award winning story, "Waiting for A Wish" included in "Loves Me, Loves Me Not", a fabulous anthology of work by members of the Romantic Novelists' Association, of which I am a member.

My first novel, written when I was about 11 years old, was a total disaster. The novels got better as I got older, but were put on hold during my years as a journalist. My first published novel, The Farmer Needs A Wife was released by Little Black Dress in January 2009. It might not surprise you to learn that it was set in Australia and featured men on horses. Come to think of it - the second book does too... and the third... hmmm.

Now - a confession. I don't live in Australia any more. I left those sunny shoes for the UK some years ago. The reason - well, he's English, about five feet 10 inches tall and has green eyes.

I still return to Australia each year to visit family and friends and every time it starts snowing, I decide it's time to move back to warmer climes for good.

In the meantime, I sit in my office and in my head, I travel back to Australia... then I start typing.

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Little Black Dress goes down under with a fabulous tale of finding your true love - Australian-style!

About the Author

Janet Gover was born in Melbourne, Australia. After studying Journalism and Politics at Queensland University, she went on to forge a path in television journalism, which has taken her around the world, living and working in Australia, Hong Kong, and the UK. In 2007 she won the RNA's Elizabeth Goudge Trophy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Averil Sweeney on 23 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I don't normally go for this reading genre (big, head hurting reads are normally what you can find weighing down my handbag), but this book was recommended to me and I am glad it was. It had me hooked from the first chapter (I should say the first page) and made the characters come alive, so much so, that I couldn't put the book down until I had found out what had happened to them.

I could visualise all the characters and their surroundings, and sympathise with their stories and hope for the best for them all (which included shouting at the page when you knew the character was being stupid/blind/blinkered...!)

This book was, as I have said previously, a far cry from my usual read, but I would recommend this light and refreshing book and can't wait to read the next offering from Janet Gover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Fenton on 30 May 2009
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This is a wonderful book that really makes you feel as though you're in Australia - whether it's in Sydney or in the outback, the descriptions are so vivid they transport you there instantly. The characters are the kind that stay in your mind long after you've put the book down and there isn't just one romance, but several, all of which you want to end happily. Don't pick this up unless you have time to finish it, because you won't put it down until you have! Very much looking forward to the next book by this author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jean Fullerton on 11 Jan. 2009
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Ms Gover has created a wonderful set of believable characters whose stories mix and mingle with each other in an imaginative and satisfying way. From Helen the high powered executive whose brain-child competition set the whole story in motion, Matt the gifted horse breeder, Greg the reluctant cane farmer, Molly the free spirited photographer through to Leigh the wine-grower whose most recent men took her money and ran, are all characters who you desperately want to see fine their soul mate and Ms Gover don't disappoint. I would thoroughly recommend this book but with a warning that the story is so loverly you won't want it to end. I look forward to Janet's next offering to the romantic world.

Jean
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By Sexyetti on 20 April 2013
Format: Paperback
If you want a book that ends well for everyone then this is it. I'm not sure real life is like that? But some times it's nice not to read about people getting their hearts broken. It's a simple little book with a warm heart. Very predictable and nice, not a difficult one to read.
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By Alpine Flower on 11 May 2015
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I really enjoyed this and it involves several different characters and locations in Australia. I just wished I'd made a few character notes near the beginning because I got a bit confused at times!! Very good though, interesting and different storyline/s.
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