Up a Gum Tree

Lynne Frank is queen of the carpool line and master of the artful snack. She is pleasantly adrift on the warm currents of her life in suburban Boston, until the week her husband Michael loses his job and finds out his father is dying. Optimistic Michael copes by packing up the family for an extended visit to his remote Australian hometown. Paranoid Lynne—terrified of flying, crocodiles, and making choices—resists. Australia is a world away and full of poisonous, man-eating creatures.

Also, in-laws. 
FINALIST, 2018
UP A GUM TREE (submitted as "One Less Traveled") placed second in the Women's Fiction Writers Association Rising Star Award.

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.


UP A GUM TREE
British, informal: in a very difficult situation that one cannot get out of.

the point of no return
Scarred by a loss of her own, Lynne can’t let her husband miss a chance at a final good-bye. So she swallows her terror (and a Xanax) and gets on board, surviving the transatlantic travel only to face a new threat: a manipulative mother-in-law who plans to keep her son Down Under for good. 

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Robin Facer
Robin Facer's early career was producing engaging, high-quality television. She later moved on to producing engaging, high-quality children (four of them). These days, she's  focused on producing engaging, high-quality fiction.
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GOOD BONES

After a string of professional defeats, TV director Allis Crowell returns to her quaint New England hometown to revive her career by directing a season of The Home Network’s hottest reality show: House Haunters.

But when ghosts only Allis can see begin revealing clues to a long-dead scandal that impacts the whole town, she must risk disclosing her personal secret in order to solve a 200-year-old murder mystery before on-set sabotage brings an end to her career—and maybe her life.