Jennie Jones on small town ladies with big hearts

Small town ladies

It’s lovely to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite ladies. Meet Sammy, Kate, Charlotte, and now Lily (with Gemma coming soon…). And I’m offering an Amazon eBook giveaway too.

Swallows Fall Ladies

When I wrote my debut romance novel The House on Burra Burra Lane I had no idea I’d be writing another four books in a series but that’s what happened, and I’m so glad it did.

Set in a fictional small town in the NSW Snowy Mountains, each story in the Swallow’s Fall series follows the romance of the hero and heroine—but each story also incorporates the difficulties of those moving to the country and those who are already settled in the country and on the receiving end of the newcomers.

Swallows Fall All Covers (2)Would you live a small town with fewer than 100 inhabitants? It’s a question I’ve asked my readers and the responses are so interesting. Roughly, 50% would and 50% wouldn’t. But from those who wouldn’t, the majority say they’d give it a try or that they love visiting small remote towns in books and that’s the way they prefer it. From the percentage of those who would (either have or still do), the response is unanimous: yes please.

No matter where we live I doubt many of us could cope with the hassles of life without support from others (notice I say support, not interference though! Although both go hand in hand on occasion, and that’s just life).

In my small town stories, the themes are about being lost, looking for a new start, getting over the past, and eventually, about belonging and how important it is to give and to receive. And yes, the protagonists fall in love. I’m delighted that they find their happy-ever-after but I hope my stories also give insight into small town life and everything that entails.

I currently live by the ocean in Western Australia but I’d like to live in a small country town. I wouldn’t live in town though, I’d live a twenty-minute walk out of town. That way, I’d have the satisfaction of community and the comfort of solitude. Perfect, to my way of thinking.

The Turnaround Treasure Shop

Books #1, #2 and #3 in the Swallow’s Fall series are out now and book #4 The Turnaround Treasure Shop –  a shorter length novel out as eBook only – was released 22nd May. (Book #5 The House at the End of the Street will be released 27th July 2015 as eBook and in paperback).


For a chance to WIN an Amazon (Kindle) eBook copy of The Turnaround Treasure Shop just leave a comment, answering this question: Do you or would you live in a small town in the country with fewer than 200 inhabitants? 

Looking forward to your answers!


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28 thoughts on “Jennie Jones on small town ladies with big hearts

  1. I would, Jennie, but Id like it to be more coastal than outback. I love my beaches. I’ve always lived rural and though i do have times when I’m going crook cos it’s so far to go the get anywhere, I do love the more relaxed attitudes and the way people accept you for who you are. Once they know you are around to stay and have the good of the community at heart.

    • I live coastal now Wendy! Love it – but not so keen on the sand – haha. But I think you’ve hit on something important – it’s about commitment and having the community know that as a newcomer, you’re there in the hope that you’ll settle and stay. Thanks for coming over to leave a comment, Wendy. Love your thoughts.

    • Ah ah, Tess. So you’re the “prefer to read about it in a book or a travel magazine”. So far, it’s still looking 50/50. I reckon that’s about right. We can’t all move to a small town or the cities would fade away…

  2. You know, Cass, I understand what you’re saying. It’s having friends or good neighbours who are in a similar scenario – living remote or rural or country or outback or just small town. It would be satisfying on so many levels to know you weren’t alone, and had friendships and some input into your community. Nice thought, Cass.

  3. I’ve lived in small towns on and off for a good part of my life. As with all things there are pros & cons.

    • I love that you’ve given this answer so succinctly, Mary. You’re right – pros and cons are there, no matter what we do or where we live. Perhaps it comes down to what we want or what we’d like to achieve for our lifestyles? And that is so individual.

  4. I would live in a small town no problems at all. Having people have your back is so important. And the community are so giving.

    • It sounds like you know what you’re talking about, Melissa! I like the idea of living rural because it means that when you give back and participate for the good of all, it’s because you want to, and so do those around you. Although, of course, this can happen in any suburb of a big city too, and is still so necessary. There are so many wonderful people in the cities and the small towns, doing good things simply because they want to do them. I take my hat off to all. Such an interesting topic!

  5. i would dearly love to live in a small community, where everyone looks out for each other like a big family. Life goes too fast in the city. I prefer the quiet more relaxed way of life.

    • When I lived in London, Cheryl (20 years ago now) I loved it and thought of myself as a career girl around the city. Then when I visited the UK again ten years ago, I couldn’t believe how much I’d liked living a city life. Now, give me a village any day!

  6. I’d be happy to live in a tiny town, Jennie, for a while anyway. As long as it had the internet and was in a location where I could have a good garden and chooks. I’d want a horse too. Hmm. Maybe I’d need to take on your idea and live on a property out of town instead!

    • Not too far out of town though Cathryn! You could canter into the town if you needed milk and bread 🙂 Or maybe you could have a large garden at the back of your country town house. But you have hit on the most important factor: reliable internet connection!

  7. I have lived in a lot of small communities throughout my life, and it is a great lifestyle. All the things that are mentioned in your books and others are very much true life. The community spirit, gossip, wariness of new people moving into town and the atmosphere of the country pubs are all what make these towns unique. I would move back to one at the drop of a hat, but alas, Carolyn likes her comforts of a bigger town

    • I do understand what Carolyn means, Len. A few comforts – well, I couldn’t go without a few comforts. I’d probably need to be able to drive into a bigger town or a city if the whim came on me! But all in all, I like all the aspects of country small town life you listed too. Strangely enough I’m not sure if I’d like to be in a small town that was a tourist town. I think I’d prefer to keep the small-town feeling all to myself 🙂

  8. Small town is great – in or nearby – much friendlier than big city style. I grew up in a small town and wouldn’t change that – now not far away in a slightly bigger town but have lived lots of rural places too including the outback. Loved all of them. Anne

    • Once loved, maybe always loved, Anne. I do yearn for the sense of freedom a country setting gives. Sounds like you’ve had a taste of most everything the country/outback has on offer. I think that’s wonderful.

      • I grew up in a small country. Mining town lived there for 16 years, and yes I would move to a small country town as long as able to walk into town, catch a bus if needed cheers pam

        • That’s a good deciding factor, Pam – being able to get about, either catching a bus to the small local town, or being able to get to one of the bigger towns when you want to. The country offers freedom (more so than outback, maybe because outback is very remote) so long as there’s a means to enjoy any aspects of living you want or might occasionally need. I get that.

  9. I’ve lived about everywhere and was born on the edge of the Outback. I’ve recently moved from a small rural town by the ocean, but a particular small country town I lived near on the edge of the Outback for many years, always draws me back. It’s not only the people, it’s the wide open spaces that I love. To get out and walk knowing there isn’t a soul about for kilometres but also knowing that there is life not too far away. 🙂

    • Hi Suzanne, thanks for coming over. I’d love to say I was born on the edge of the outback. It’s very romantic sounding. I’m by the ocean now too, and I do love it but would swap it again for a country lane and a walk among the trees to get into my small town.

  10. I grew up in a small town in Victoria, Wickliffe, population between 20 & 100, depending on where you consider the town boundary to be. It was a great place to grow up, it was safe, we knew everyone and we had a lot of freedom. Many years later after finishing Uni, I lived for a few months near an amazing place in Western NSW, Tilpa, with a population of 8 in a good week. Whilst I lived my whole childhood at Wickliffe, and only lived a few months at Tilpa, Tilpa is the place that I call home. I love the tranquillity and the sense of community. However, having lived for 5 years in Sydney, I can’t see myself being able to live in a place as small & isolated as Tilpa again. I have now settled in a town with a population of about 15,000. It’s a pretty good compromise. I love to visit my brothers at Tilpa, but I think it’s better if you are young & single. The same goes for Sydney, I love to holiday there every few years, but I definitely don’t want to live there again.

    • What a wonderful sounding childhood, TilpaGal. When I lived in London (many years ago) most days I couldn’t even park my car in the same street I lived in – so when I went back to London, I was astonished that I’d thought myself a city girl through and through. Give me smaller towns any day. Sounds like you’ve found your perfect happy place to live. That’s great.

  11. And the winner was drawn this morning – GAIL WELLS Congratulations Gail. And a big thank you to everyone who left a comment 🙂 Wonderful to see hear your thoughts about small town, rural or outback living. x

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