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A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate February 6, 2020

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About the Book

Book: A Girl’s Guide to the Outback
Author: Jessica Kate
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2020

How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract—and that God has a sense of humor.

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could’ve ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster strikes the farm, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?

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About the Author


Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant. Visit her online at; Instagram: jessicakatewriting; Facebook: jessicakatewriting; Twitter: @JessicaKate05.

Exclusive Excerpt

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My thoughts:

I LOVED Jessica’s first book, it was by far one of my favorite reads of 2019 so I was very excited to see this book come out based off characters in the first book.

This book can definitely be read without reading the first one.

I was nice to get to know Kim and Sam. We get a good introduction to Sam in the first book but now we get to learn more about him. In the previous book I wasn’t a big Kim fan so this read was good in that it made her more likeable.

Traveling to Australia was also a lot of fun and this is where we see Sam and Kim’s true colors and they begin to fall for each other. The tension Jessica developed between these two characters was well crafted.

I also enjoyed getting to know Jules, Sam’s sister. She is a spitfire.

Another great book by Jessica.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 




2 Responses to “A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate”

  1. I’ve heard great things about this one! I have it on my shelf but haven’t been able to read it yet. Glad to hear you liked it!

  2. Peggy Says:

    I look forward to reading the book. Thank you for the review.

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