August 2, 2018

Lust in the dust: Rural romances set in Australia

Following the immense success of Rachael Treasure’s Jillaroo in 2005, rural romance emerged as a beloved genre of Australian readers. These books celebrate rural life, farming, and close knit communities as well as the natural beauty of the Australian landscape. They are rich in atmosphere and feature strong, independent female heroines making their own way in the bush.

Not sure what to recommend? Here are a few rural romances that your patrons may enjoy:

  • Jillaroo by Rachael Treasure
  • Birthright by Fiona Lowe
  • Queen of the Road by Tricia Stringer
  • Someone Like You by Karly Lane
  • Outback Sisters by Rachael Johns

Fortunately, finding other rural romance titles in NoveList is easy using our subject headings, themes, and genres.

If you’d just like to peruse romances by Australian authors, try this search:

GX Australian fiction AND GX Contemporary romances

Australian Fiction Contemporary Romance Search

To get to our rural romances, you can start adding in themes and subject headings, for example:

GX Australian fiction AND GX Contemporary romances AND TH Love in a small town

GX Australian fiction AND GX Contemporary romances AND SU Rural life

Other subject headings you may want to consider include Farm life, Small town life, Wilderness areas, Ranches, and Farms.  

If your patrons are looking for something with a little more mystery, like a Fleur McDonald novel, try opening your search and changing around your themes and headings:

GX Australian fiction AND TH Rural police

GX Australian fiction AND (SU *Detectives AND SU Small town* OR SU Rural* OR SU Farm* OR SU Ranch* OR SU Wilderness*)

NoveList has many ways to find books that meet your unique set of criteria. In the search above, we used field codes for genre exact (GX), theme (TH), and subject (SU). If you like precise searching like this, learn more about field code searching here, or watch this video. You can also learn more about NoveList’s genres by checking out our Guide to Genres and Book Discovery or watching our Appealing to Genre Readers webinar.

Question for you

We’ve heard both the terms “rural romance” and “Outback romance” to describe books like Outback Sisters. We’d like to know what term you use for these books and we’d especially love feedback from our Australian librarians and readers. Got an opinion? Let us know. Add your comment below or contact us.

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Christine Wells is a Metadata Librarian II.


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