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About Jena

The stunning Leucospermum  in my garden.
Hubby and me on our motorbike

Hi there!

I live in a small town in the North Island of New Zealand where hubby and I have a lifestyle block with a few cattle. At present, we have two heifers. As both were black when they arrived, we had no way to identify them at first - then realized one has white on her hind feet, so I named her Footer. That meant the other one - of course - had to be Header.

Here on the west coast, the temperatures are mild and we usually have a good supply of rain - ideal for gardens which is perfect for me as I love flowers. It's inevitable that some photos of my garden will appear on this site and occasionally turn up on Facebook.

We have four grown-up kids, all married with families. Although we miss every one of them, we visit reasonably often.


When I’m not writing, reading, or gardening, I can often be found on the pillion seat of my husband’s motorbike as we explore this very picturesque country of ours.

Although we enjoy riding his motorbike together, for our last holiday - around the South Island - we took the car. Below are some photos from our trip.



Picton Harbour, South Island, New Zealand 

Lake Tekapo,

Church of the Good Shepherd

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Hoktika Clocktower 


Castle Hill limestone rocks 

Lake Tekapo

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View from the Red Tarns, looking down at

Mt Cook village, Hooker Valley,

and Mt Cook middle far distance (almost obscured).

Some Favourite Books

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Sweet Romance

  • A Reason to Remember, Leigh Duncan

  • A Sweet Memory, Maria Michaels

  • Love on Paper, Sarah Madelin

  • Saltwater Song, Monique McDonell

  • Twins Formation, Colin Blough


Contemporary Romance:

  • In Too Deep, Tracey Alvarez

  • Sara’s Son, Tara Taylor Quinn

  • The Family Plan, Susan Gable

  • To Get Me to You, Kait Nolan

  • Wish, Kelly Hunter

Romantic Comedy:

  • Call Me Irresistible, Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Women’s Fiction:

  • Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

  • The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan

  • The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton

  • Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Jena Petrie

Author of Sweet Romances 

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