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South Australian author returns with second novel

South Australian author returns with second novel
25 June 2021

South Australian author Leonie Kelsall will return to Mount Gambier Library on Wednesday 7 July 2021.
Leonie Kelsall
South Australian author Leonie Kelsall will return to Mount Gambier Library on Wednesday 7 July 2021.

Mount Gambier Library will welcome best-selling South Australian author Leonie Kelsall back to the city to talk about her latest rural romance novel The Wattle Seed Inn on Wednesday 7 July at 7:00pm.

Leonie’s heartwarming second novel follows her highly successful debut novel The Farm at Peppertree Crossing which sold out in just two weeks following its release.

We were fortunate to host Leonie Kelsall last year and she had the audience in stitches, combining both tales of her writing and her personal life. - Team Leader Library Programs Kristi Brooks

“Her characters are complex and her writing descriptive, appealing to those who love a good family saga”.

Leonie has again drawn on her rural upbringing on a farm near the Murray River as a source of inspiration for her second novel. Today she splits her time between this same family farm and her home in the Adelaide Hills where she also runs a professional counselling practice.

“Being privileged to live in such beautiful countryside is an inspiration that is almost too wonderful to capture in words,” Leonie said.

The Wattle Seed Inn centres around Gabrielle Moreau who, after leaving behind her ex-fiance and PR career in Adelaide, takes over Wirruldi Hotel, a ramshackle pub in a small country town near the Murray River. But as rural life and the scope of her new renovation project begin to prove a challenge unlike anything she faced during her comfortable life in the city, Gabrielle begins to doubt herself and her decision.

Meanwhile, in nearby Settlers Bridge, broken-hearted stonemason Hayden Paech is going through life’s motions. Recovering from a decision he still regrets, Hayden refuses to open himself up to love again, even if it’s the one thing missing from his life.

This is a free event with bookings required due to limited spaces. Contact Mount Gambier Library 08 8721 2540 or book online under ‘Programs and Events’.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Ashlea Watson on 08 8721 2577 or

The Wattle Seed Inn