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Farmer Wants a Wife 2023 Predictions


Farmer Wants a Wife 2023 Predictions

The first week of Farmer Wants a Wife has landed and so we asked rural romance Penelope Janu for her expert predictions on how the series will unfold…

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At the end of each series of Farmer Wants a Wife, the farmer ends up with (in theory) the woman he believes he could spend the rest of his life with. Five farmers! Five women! By the time we get to this stage of proceedings, I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of not only each farmer and their potential wife, but the twenty other potential wives discarded on the way.

The difficult part of Farmer Wants a Wife for me is the first few episodes, where the women are in heels, and the men are in hats and linen shirts. But this year might be easier for me than others because… the first twenty-four-hour dates were INSTRUCTIVE. Here are my tips!

Brenton and Sophie.

Brenton picked Sophie for the first date because he liked her application! And doesn’t that tell you something? It’s an intellectual and a physical connection, so I’m going for these two to make it to the end of the series.

Matt and Chelsea.

Again, Matt picked Chelsea for the first date. She can’t cook, she’s not perfect, but there was something there between them. Being only twenty-three, I think Matt is going on instinct more than experience and that’s a good thing. Picking Chelsea out of the line-up had meaning!

Andrew and…This is tricky.

I know who Andrew won’t pick so will work backwards. Not Claire (granted, the producers of the show might have made her look like a disastrous match on the first date). Not Jessie the creative consultant, because no one knows what that means. Not Lucie, because her chattiness shut him up. Which leaves Kelly, who I really like, or Maddison, who seems to be keeping to the same ‘let’s make a family’ script as Andrew. I’ll go with Maddison.

David and Elle.

I picked this before David invited Elle for the first date! She’s lively and funny and smart. David has a generous smile. I like these two together but…my second pick is Lorelai.

Brad and Morgan.

Every time I see Brad riding his horse through the yellow canola I worry about the crop, but he seems like a really nice bloke, he looks great on a horse, and he took Morgan riding, and…Again the first-date vibe!


Penelope Janu lives on the coast in northern Sydney with a distracting husband, a very large dog and, now they’re fully grown, six delightful children who come and go. Penelope has a passion for creating stories that explore social and environmental issues, but her novels are fundamentally a celebration of Australian characters and communities. Her first novel, In at the Deep End, came out in 2017, followed by On the Right TrackOn the Same PageUp on Horseshoe HillStarting from Scratch and Clouds on the Horizon as well as a novella, The Six Rules of Christmas. Penelope enjoys riding horses, exploring the Australian countryside and dreaming up challenging hiking adventures. Nothing makes her happier as a writer than readers falling in love with her clever, complex and adventurous heroines and heroes. She loves to hear from readers, and can be contacted at

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When Patience Cartwright is stranded in her home town, the last thing she expects is a second chance at love…

Fiercely independent naval officer, Patience Cartwright has never had a place to call home, but she knows where she doesn’t belong. After an unhappy childhood and a badly broken heart, she’ll never return to the country.

But to save her career, Patience is forced to accept a secondment – to an environmental team working near the town where she grew up. There she encounters once more the infuriatingly attractive biologist Hugo Halstead – the very man she’s sworn never to forgive.

Given their history, Hugo, as self-assured and honest as Patience is secretive and self-contained, has vowed never to trust her again, but that doesn’t stop him feeling just as helplessly drawn to her complicated mix of courage and fragility as he ever was.

As Patience recuperates from a life-threatening illness in the small country town of Horseshoe Hill, she realises the beauty of the landscape and close-knit community promise something very different to the future she’s mapped out.

But could the secrets she keeps and the shadows of her past, send her adrift all over again?

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When Love Comes To…Tamworth!

Rural Romance authors Stella Quinn, Penelope Janu & Rachael Johns are travelling to Tamworth!

Come and meet them and join us for a fun night of live music, games and the chance to win some great prizes.

Books from each of the authors will be available to purchase on the night to be signed.

Date: 4th May 2023

Time: Doors open at 5:45 for a 6:15pm start

Event will finish around 7:30pm

Location: The Press Basement Bar, The Leader Building – Basement

179 Marius St, Tamworth NSW 2340

Details: This is a free event. Drinks will be available to purchase at the bar

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