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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
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 café 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.
Loved everything about this book , I cried laughed and now want to make jam 😊
Too long, boring read.