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  • Published: 13 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143792031
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $32.99

The Jam Queens




The heartwarming new family drama from the bestselling author of The Cake Maker's Wish

Award-winning jam maker Aggie is determined to take her Barossa Valley cafe to new heights. She has put the pain of unsuccessful IVF treatments and a broken relationship behind her, and is focused on the many wonderful possibilities life still holds in store.

When an invitation to travel across Australia on the Ghan for her mother’s seventieth birthday comes her way, she is at first apprehensive. But the trip offers a precious opportunity to spend some quality time with both her disgruntled mother, Valeria, and her distant daughter, Holly, as well as her meddling great-aunt, Myrtle. The four generations of the family, all single women, will be reunited at last.

As the iconic train chugs its way beneath majestic desert skies, Aggie’s difficult past resurfaces, her business comes under threat, and long-held family rifts reignite. To complicate things further, she’s distracted by the attentions of a handsome younger man on his own search for meaning in some of the country’s most remote and magical places.

By the bestselling author of The Cake Maker’s Wish, this is a sweet and soulful story about women being there for each other through the stickiest situations. It celebrates the joys and sorrows of life, and reveals the essential ingredients of the true recipe for happiness.

  • Published: 13 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143792031
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Josephine Moon

Josephine Moon was born and raised in Brisbane, and had a false start in Environmental Science before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and then a postgraduate degree in education. Twelve years and ten manuscripts later, her first novel The Tea Chest was picked up for publication and then shortlisted for an ABIA award. Her bestselling contemporary fiction is published internationally. Her books include The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeepers Secret, Three Gold Coins, The Gift of Life, The Cake Maker's Wish and The Jam Queens.

In 2018, Josephine organised the ‘Authors for Farmers’ appeal, raising money to assist drought-affected farming communities. She is passionate about literacy, and is a proud sponsor of Story Dogs and The Smith Family.

She now lives on acreage in the beautiful Noosa hinterland with her husband and son, and a tribe of animals that seems to increase in size each year. She wouldn't have it any other way.

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Praise for The Jam Queens

Equally heartwarming and heartbreaking, The Jam Queens tells of a woman coming to terms with the joys and sorrows of life under the azure skies of central Australia.

Stellar magazine

Another delicious read from Josephine Moon . . . The Jam Queens transported me away, with its vivid settings, including the Ghan, and the complex relationships between the characters. Once again, Moon has delivered a cast of likeable and relatable female characters who you feel like you know by the end of the novel, and who you miss as you close the cover for the final time. They bring their share of drama and secrets to the tale, but ultimately this really is a sweet and soulful story about women being there for each other through the stickiest situations. The Jam Queens celebrates the joys and sorrows of life, and reveals the essential ingredients of the true recipe for happiness. And of course, as she always does, Josephine adds food, this time weaving jam into the very tapestry of this delicious read.

Better Reading

When four generations of one family convene for a train ride through outback Australia to celebrate matriarch Valeria’s 70th birthday, they’re in for a tumultuous journey of self-discovery. Each woman brings her own issues to the trip, including Barossa Valley cafe owner Aggie, newly single and recovering from the heartbreak of failing to fall pregnant. Travelling from Darwin to Adelaide on the iconic train the Ghan, these well-drawn characters are forced to work through their inter-generational conflict and personal drama. Partly an ode to how food brings people together, The Jam Queens is a warm, layered novel about the high expectations surrounding work, love and family – and even includes the author’s own strawberry jam recipe.

Apple Books

Set on the luxury train the Ghan, this is an armchair traveller’s delight, weaving from Darwin, through Alice Springs, and on to Adelaide. On the trip are four generations of Hermann women – all with secrets, all hoping to reconcile past differences. The scene is set for an enthralling tale that includes complex female relationships and a good dose of romance. Perfect escapism.

Heather, bookseller at Dymocks Waurn Ponds

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