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  • Published: 26 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781743485491
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 12

The Empty Nest

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A moving short story from bestselling rural romance author of The Outback Heart, Fiona Palmer.

Mothers' Day has always been a special day for Sandi, because her beloved kids spoil her rotten. But this year won't be the same. Her daughter, Gracie, has joined her brother Jack at boarding school and Sandi dreads waking up to a quiet house. Even her husband, Paul, seems distant and preoccupied with farm work. So she never could have guessed what the day has in store ...

The Empty Nest includes an exclusive preview from Fiona Palmer's novel, The Sunnyvale Girls.

  • Pub date: 26 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781743485491
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 12

About the Author

Fiona Palmer

Fiona Palmer lives in the tiny rural town of Pingaring in Western Australia, three and a half hours south-east of Perth. She discovered Danielle Steel at the age of eleven and has now written her own brand of rural romance. She has attended romance writers' groups and received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for her first novel, The Family Farm. She has extensive farming experience, does the local mail run, and was a speedway-racing driver for seven years. She spends her days writing, working as a farm hand, helping out in the community and looking after her two children.

Praise for The Empty Nest

“Fiona Palmer relates the story of Sandi's first childless Mother's Day with warmth, compassion and humour. A sweet and engaging story, and a nice way to spend half an hour.”

Good Reads

“This short story is a beautifully moving tale of a family's love for one another, and the wrench the parents feel when their children leave home ... Aussie author Fiona Palmer will touch a spot in everyone's hearts in this delightful story. Definitely recommended.”

Good Reads

“A rollicking romance that will have readers cheering on the heroine ... Evokes the light, people, atmosphere and attitudes of a small country town.”

Weekly Times

“Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia's much loved genres, rural romance.”


“With shades of Rachael Treasure and Tony Parsons, Fiona has created a wonderful cast of lovable characters ... A heartwarming romance about finding true love and following your dreams.”


“One of my favourites among the recent offerings of rural romance. The writing is brilliant.”

Newcastle Herald

“A funny, sensitive and intriguing rural romance that quickly builds characters you grow to care about and want to see succeed.”

West Australian

“Fiona Palmer is an extremely talented Australian author who painted a glorious picture of the wheat-belt region of Western Australia. I could see the sunsets and hear the thunder.”


“Fiona Palmer has again delivered a wonderful romance set in Australia's outback.”

Toowoomba Chronicle

“A good old-fashioned love story.”

Sunday Mail Brisbane

“Palmer's own passion for the land bleeds into the story, her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are. This is another Australian rural fiction title I am happy to recommend.”

Book'd Out

“Palmer has produced a well-crafted novel with a strong sense of time and place in which Australian country life is vividly drawn.”

Sound Telegraph

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