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Slow Road To Love - Book 1 in A Sunburned Land Series AUDIOBOOK

Slow Road To Love - Book 1 in A Sunburned Land Series AUDIOBOOK

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If you enjoy clean, Christian, heartwarming romance, then you're sure to love this story that's set in the rugged Kimberley region in the far north of Australia.

Be swept away to another place as you listen to the amazing Sarah Kennedy tell the story!


A divorced reporter on a remote assignment. An alluring cattleman who captures her heart…

City-dwelling Maggie Donovan is trying her best to let go of her resentment after her high-profile politician husband of thirty-five years left her for a much younger woman. Her focus now is her job as a reporter for the Country Women’s Magazine, her two adult children, and her church.

She doesn’t care that her ex-husband now has a child who could be his grandchild.

No. It doesn’t worry her at all.

Frank Goddard has never considered moving on after his beautiful wife, Esther, was killed in a freak accident six years earlier. His family, who live with him on Goddard Downs, a cattle station in northern Australia, plus his faith, are what he lives for now.

But he’s lonely. He just doesn’t know it.

When Maggie is sent to the remote, mysterious Kimberley area to write about women living on isolated cattle stations, she jumps at the chance. A change is as good as a holiday, so they say.

Never did she expect to fall for the tall, handsome Frank Goddard of Goddard Downs.

But how can a relationship work when they live so far apart?

When the road is slow and dangerous.

When their lives are complicated.

And besides, how do you date when you’re going on sixty?

Slow Road to Love is Book One in the Sunburned Land Series, a mature-age Christian romance set in the beautiful, rugged and remote Kimberley region of northern Australia. Fall in love with Frank and Maggie today.


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      "The story flows so smoothly and is well written. The characters are real people with real problems and you end up feeling like you know them so well." Bobbie

      "This is a beautiful story about a second chance at love. It is full of emotions and God's love. It will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. This book was a joy to read." Ann

      "Outstanding. A beautiful love story, clean and brings you right into the story." Jean H

      "Loved this series, can hardly wait until the next book is released. Wonderful Christian Romance and family story. Read it!" Betty C

      Main Tropes

      • Christian Romance
      • Miscarriage
      • Inspiring


      Tessa Scott is a committed Christian. Ben Williams is a dedicated father. Will a chance meeting repair their fragile hearts?
      When her long-term relationship ends, Tessa has a crisis of faith.
      What is God’s plan?
      The stray puppy outside her vet clinic needs a home. Tessa is happy to take it in, but the little ball of energy must have some training. This adorable creature is off to obedience school.
      When she gets there, one other puppy parent catches her eye.
      Is this a sign?
      Ben is crushed when his wife leaves. He chooses to bottle up the emotions and focus on work. Raising a son without his wife is a challenge he had never imagined. His therapist’s suggestion is to get a puppy.
      When he sees Tessa on the first day of puppy school, his heart lurches.
      He hadn’t felt this way in a long time, but he isn’t ready for love.
      Could a budding friendship turn into something more?
      You’ll adore this collection of Christian Romance novels, because they’ll give even the most hardened pessimist hope.
      “The True Love and Precious Love Boxset” includes all 7 books from both series.
      If you like charming characters, faith-filled families, and friendships that become something more, then you’ll love USA Today Bestseller Juliette Duncan’s inspirational second-chance romance set in sunny Queensland, Australia.

      Intro into Chapter One

      Brisbane, Australia

      Early morning sunshine streamed through
      the white lace curtains of Tessa Scott's pocket-sized bedroom, but inside her
      heart, it rained. Nearly three months had passed since she had formally ended
      her relationship with Michael Urbane, and although she firmly believed it had
      been the right thing to do, pain still squeezed her heart whenever she thought
      of him.

      Some days were easier than others, but
      the past two days had been especially hard. Yesterday had been Michael's
      birthday. How tempted she’d been to call him and at least wish him ‘happy
      birthday’. Last year she’d surprised him with a day trip snorkelling on Moreton
      Island. They’d had so much fun—they always did, and the very memory of that
      wonderfully happy, sun-filled day only made it worse. She shouldn’t let her
      mind go there, but she couldn’t help it, and images of their day snorkelling
      amongst the coral and the myriads of brightly coloured fish played over and
      over in her mind.

      Burying her head in her pillow, Tessa
      sobbed silent tears. It hurt so badly. If only the accident at his work hadn’t
      happened. Or he hadn’t lied about the drugs. She inhaled
      deeply as a sob escaped, sending another wave of sadness through her body. Why
      couldn’t she let go?
      Maybe she should give him another chance? But it
      would never be the same
      . She knew that. Their adventure had died, and she needed
      to accept it.

      A soft knock on the door interrupted
      her thoughts. The gentle but firm voice of her housemate, Stephanie, sounded on
      the other side. “Tess, you need to get up.”

      Tessa buried her head deeper in the

      The door creaked open and Stephanie
      tip-toed in, placing a cup of spiced chai tea on Tessa’s nightstand. The
      aromatic mixture of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and other herbs filled the room,
      tickling her nose. Steph knew the trick to getting her up.

      She gave in and raised her head. “What
      time is it?”

      “Time to get up, that's what.” Dressed
      in a smart business suit, Stephanie placed her hands on her hips and studied
      Tessa with an air of disapproval. “Don't tell me you've been crying over
      Michael again?”

      Tessa sat up and took a sip of tea
      before meeting her friend’s gaze. “Just thinking about him, that’s all.”

      Stephanie shook her head and let out a
      frustrated sigh. “I know you’re grieving, but it's been months since you broke
      up. Come on. Get out of bed and get ready for work. Your boss called and said
      she’d place you on unpaid leave if you call in sick one more time. I was
      tempted to tell her you weren't even sick.”

      “But I have been sick.” Tessa leaned
      back against her bedhead and bit her lip, forcing herself not to cry in front
      of Stephanie.

      “I know.” Sitting on the edge of the
      bed, Stephanie took hold of Tessa’s free hand. “It’s hard to let go, especially
      having been together for so long. But breaking up was the only option. You know

      “But maybe I was too hard on him.”
      Tessa grabbed a tissue and wiped her eyes. “Those drugs changed him, Steph. He
      wasn’t himself.”

      “I know. But you did try to help him.
      For months. I watched you slowly being torn apart. The truth is, you can't help
      someone who doesn't want to be helped.” Stephanie squeezed her hand. “You can't
      help someone who lies to you about their addiction, even if it is to
      prescription drugs. And he stole from you. You need honesty in your
      relationship, and Michael wasn't willing to give that to you. You did the right
      thing. You’re better off without him.”

      “It's just hard not knowing where he is
      or how he's doing.” Tessa glanced at the photo of him still sitting on her
      dresser. “It's hard being single again. I feel …” She paused and searched for
      the right word, as the ache in her chest grew. “Lonely.”

      “You poor thing.” Stephanie leaned
      forward and hugged her tightly. “I’m here for you, Tess. And so’s God, you know
      that. I understand you feel bad about this whole situation, but God’s with you,
      and He’ll help you through it. And you never know what, or who, He might have
      in store for you!” She gently brushed the stray hair from Tessa’s face and gave
      her another hug.

      Tessa nodded reluctantly. Steph was
      right. She’d made the right decision and knew that God would be with her and
      would help her through it, but translating that knowledge to her heart was
      another matter altogether.

      “Come on kiddo, breakfast’s ready.
      Let’s get you up, dressed, and off to work.”


      Tessa slid out of bed as Stephanie
      retreated to the kitchen. As she swallowed down the rest of her tea, Michael's
      photo caught her attention once again. Grey eyes with a hint of blue in a
      tanned, chiselled face stared out at her, tugging at her heartstrings. She
      picked up the photo and flopped back onto her bed, gazing at the face that was
      so familiar. This torture had to end. She traced the outline of his face with
      her finger before hugging the photo to her chest. Closing her eyes, she
      squeezed back hot tears. This was it. The end.

      “God, please help me get through
      this day.”
      Her body shuddered as she gulped down unbidden sobs. “I’m sorry
      it’s taken so long, but I’m ready to let go. Please help me.”
      Tears streamed
      down her face as she hugged the photo tightly one last time before she opened
      the bottom drawer of her dresser and stuffed the photo under the pile of chunky
      knit sweaters she rarely wore.

      Time to move on, and with God’s help,
      she would.

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