One Less Traveled

LYNNE FRANK is terrified of making choices. So when her newly unemployed husband Michael decides it’s time to take the family on an extended visit to his remote hometown of Perth, Western Australia, Lynne can only go along—even if it means stepping 11,613 miles outside her comfort zone, dragging a gaggle of jet-lagged children behind her.

Her fear of flying (and snakes, crocodiles, and children who skip naps) makes traveling a trial. But it’s not until the Franks reach Perth that her real journey begins. Australia is disorienting and crawling with poisonous creatures. 

Also, in-laws. 

Fate is a Chinese finger trap and free will is an illusion. But I can’t think about that now, I have a diaper to change.

I sincerely loved this book. I really hope you’re planning on doing a sequel.
ML Yates, on One Less Traveled

the point of no return

Lynne hunkers down, prepared to hold her breath until the trip is over. But she soon becomes convinced her manipulative mother-in-law is plotting to keep her son and his family in Perth—forever. Fearing Michael will fall victim to his mother’s scheme, Lynne encourages him to return to the States for a series of job interviews, even though it means she’ll be left on her own for weeks.

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the beauty of independence

Once she’s in the driver’s seat, Lynne finds she’s more capable than she imagined. With the help of her kindly next-door-landlords and some unexpected allies, Lynne manages to get by—even overcoming an illness that threatens the life of her youngest child. Michael returns from the U.S. with a job offer in hand, but since the job won’t start for another three months, he throws himself back into Aussie life, building furniture and surfing. The kids adapt to public school, become increasingly independent and learn to love vegemite. Even the house is improving thanks to Michael’s new woodworking skills. Everything is bonza—for everyone but Lynne.   

"In all chapters things are rather out of the ordinary, yet not that uncommon. Nothing is over the top, a perfect balance between fiction and reality."

—Marina Elez, on One Less Traveled

the revelation

The novelty of living in an exotic country has worn off but everything still feels foreign. Lynne is buried under piles of laundry and regret—until the ex-pat owner of a nearby café throws out a lifeline by offering her the first real job she’s ever had. Her paycheck funds a camping trip to the Outback, where she spends Mother’s Day covered in bush flies and the love of her family. Under the wide Australian sky, Lynne discovers a final piece of her personal puzzle.

Praise for 
One Less Traveled

"Absolutely loved the story. I read 4-6 books a week, and I can honestly say that your book rates in the top 10% of all the books I have read."

david gibson

Robin Facer

Robin Facer's first career was producing and editing high-quality television programs. Her second career was producing and raising four high-quality children. Lately, she's been focused on producing just one really good novel—something engaging and un-putdownable, full of travel and domestic humor.
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