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Rural romance author returns to Mount Gambier

Rural romance author returns to Mount Gambier
30 June 2023

Author Leonie Kelsall
Author Leonie Kelsall
Author Leonie Kelsall

Mount Gambier Library welcomes back best-selling rural romance author Leonie Kelsall for the launch of her fourth novel The Willow Tree Wharf on Sunday 9 July at 11:00am.

"The Willow Tree Wharf is another warm, witty, rural romance with big hearted characters and this time with a slightly darker undertone," Leonie Kelsall said.

Samantha, owner of cafe Ploughs and Pies in Settlers Bridge, is short on confidence and big on regrets. Married young to fill the void left by an unhappy childhood, she still works in the same small town where she grew up, too filled with self-doubt and insecurity ever to risk spreading her wings. Yet will the end of her abusive marriage force her to start anew?

City restaurateur Pierce di Angelis knows what it is to have his career and family ripped away. However, a chance encounter with the intriguing Samantha ignites his passion, and together they concoct a plan for a destination restaurant.

But, with personalities like oil and water, will old hurts and hidden truths destroy the new business before it's afloat?

We are fortunate enough to have hosted Leonie Kelsall with her previous three novels and she had the audience in stitches, combining both tales of her writing and personal life. Leonie's books are filled with complex characters and will appeal to anyone who loves a good family saga. Team Leader Library Programs Kristi Brooks

Based in South Australia, Leonie divides her time between her professional counselling practice in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and her childhood farm. Her recent rise to fame has her involved with author tours and workshops around Australia.

This is a free event with morning tea provided following the talk. Contact Mount Gambier Library at 8721 2540 to book your seat or visit the Library's website.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Madeleine Brookes on 8721 2577 or

The Willow Tree Wharf - Cover