The Jam Queens

“Jo, I hope you adapt this for screen. The settings are so cinematic. Your shifting character perspectives, plot, and dialogue would work so well!”

(Kat Stewart, AACTA award winning actor and narrator of the audio book of The Jam Queens)

Equally heartwarming and heartbreaking, The Jam Queens tells of a woman coming to terms with the joys and sorrows of life under the azure skies of central Australia

katherine timms, art director, stellar magazine, melbourne

The heartwarming new family drama from the bestselling author of The Cake Maker’s Wish 

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.

Praise for The Jam Queens

“…a captivating, original and heartwarming story” (Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars)

“…an uplifting, sweet, funny, exciting, emotional and simply beautiful read!! I loved everything about it” (Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars)

“…heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure” (Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars)