Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Love in the Outback

Love in the Outback is due for publication at the end of this month, so I thought I’d better tell you about it. This is my own, deeply personal, ‘strawberry’ in the desert.


I wrote Love in the Outback to try and make sense of the wondrous thing that’s happened over the past five years, how after decades of chasing the wrong men, endlessly repeating the same mistakes over and over again, I finally got it. I finally worked out that there’s a difference between love and romance. Of course, it didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen without some very rocky moments when I came close to repeating the mistakes of the past – with disastrous consequences.

The journey has been a long one, and I wouldn’t have missed a moment of it. It took me from England to Australia, then into the depths of remote Australia, on a voyage of discovery that opened my eyes to the real beauty of this extraordinary world we live in. I learnt that love can turn up in the most unexpected places and that kindness and community matter more than money or status.

I learnt that life can surprise you, no matter how old you are.

Here’s what the publisher, Macmillan, says about it:

At forty-nine, Deb Hunt stopped dating. The men she loved didn’t love her back. When she found herself stalking her latest flame, Deb knew it was time to make changes. From her home in the UK, she applied for a job in Australia – as a PR assistant with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Deb packed up her home, said goodbye to everything that was familiar, and headed down under. There she encountered a land she never imagined and met a man unlike any other – a Royal Flying Doctor Service legend.

He was a deeply practical, reasonable, steady, conservative person – in other words, the polar opposite of Deb. He wanted a relationship. She wanted to flee.

This is the story of what happens when you finally ditch your life-long dreams of romance, only to discover that reality is not such a bad place after all.


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Thank you for your patience, normal blogging service will be resumed next week when I’ll tell you about the seeds I’ve been saving that are big enough to fell a grown man.

Monsanto eat your heart out.

25 comments on “Love in the Outback

  1. Mala Burt
    April 10, 2014

    Can’t wait until it’s available for my Kindle.


  2. nantubre
    April 10, 2014

    Oh Deb! I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to read it!


  3. Wendy Moore
    April 10, 2014

    So excited for you darling Deb! Can’t wait to read it and savour all the wonderful moments this launch brings. Sending you much love from here. All the ladies saybNamaste and look forward to the Nepali translation! MWAA, Wendy


  4. laroseedespetiteschoses
    April 11, 2014

    Can’t wait to read it. I am still waiting for my order of “Dream Wheeler” to arrive. Glad to have met you 🙂


    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      April 11, 2014

      The pleasure is all mine, what a wonderful blogging community this is and thank you for your support.


      • laroseedespetiteschoses
        July 1, 2014

        I’m saving my ‘Love in the outback’ to read on my trip to UK later in the month. Just to let you know, all my friends who were introduced to ‘Dream Wheeler’ loved it!


  5. Adele Hughes
    April 11, 2014

    Just pre-ordered it Deb. You have heard all my life story, so now I get to read yours – terrific!! Finally green grass here. 😊


  6. debhuntinbrokenhill
    April 12, 2014

    Hmmm… glad someone’s looking forward to it! Joking aside, I hope you enjoy reading it, and I’m SO glad to hear you’ve got green grass at last. It was a long time coming! Best wishes to you and Philip and Lachlan and Anna and all at RQM


  7. Val Lord
    April 14, 2014

    Congratulations Deb, I can’t wait to get my copy!! Will also get one for the eldest daughter I think, as I am sure she will thoroughly enjoy reading it as well!

    PS…sorry Deb, don’t have an email address for you that works..Andrew and I are making it legal in October!


  8. debhuntinbrokenhill
    April 14, 2014

    Thanks Val and many congratulations to you too, I had no idea you weren’t legal!! I will update this blog to include email contact details ( Best wishes to you


  9. theeditorsjournal
    April 16, 2014

    Brilliant. It does sound amazing and I wish you the best with it.


  10. hoppmichaela
    April 17, 2014

    This looks amazing Deb! I am an Australian ex-pat living in America and I can never get enough “aussie” literature. I will be trying to get my paws on this book as soon as possible!


  11. debhuntinbrokenhill
    April 17, 2014

    Hope Love in the Outback satisfies your craving for a taste of ‘home’! And hope that fledgling garden of yours flourishes, good luck with the basil!


  12. bluebrightly
    April 19, 2014



  13. debhuntinbrokenhill
    April 19, 2014

    Thank you Blue Brightly!


  14. C.
    September 3, 2014

    Hi Deb. Will we be able to get it at Amazon for downloading soon? I can’t find anywhere to download it and I am living overseas so don’t have access to hard copy.


  15. C.
    September 4, 2014

    No luck, deb. I went through the steps and signed up with Macmillan but then n the end it said, “not deliverable to canada”. I’ve written to bookworld to see if their kobo ebook would work on ipad, but I am guessing I will have no luck there either. I will try again at a later date. Thanks for answering, deb.


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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