Five Stars for Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods

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Before I start this review, I want to set you in the mood I was before I read it. Picture this: You’re young, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. You’ve dreamed of visiting this far off wonderland place which everyone keeps talking about.  You’ve seen gorgeous pictures and brochures about the place. People wax poetic about how incredible it is. You look forward to it so much that your insides hurt. You can think of nothing but that place! And then … you step off the plane. The air is humid, you get rained on, some homeless guy urinates on your foot. Yep. … Read More

Book Review: Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

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I loved this book and devoured it in one and a half sittings. Kate Hewitt is a prolific category romance writer, and this series seems to be one of her first outside of that tightly knit sub-genre. It tells the story of Ellie, who moves to country England in the hopes of starting a new life with her daughter Abby who is being bullied at school. They move into the cute and newly refurbished old stables turned apartments at Willoughby Close. They’re the first family to move in, and arrive with little else but the car they drove in and … Read More

Book Review of The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnivale

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First off, let me say I loved this book. It has stayed with me for long after I finished reading it, and in a good way. Here are my thoughts On the Book This book tells the story of Mia, a young Australian artist who is recovering from cancer. She has decided to pack up her life and head to Tuscany in the hopes of reigniting her creative spark. She meets the truly romantic (and my next book boyfriend) Luca, the local mechanic who helps her see life for what it is – a blessing – no matter what shape … Read More

The Three Miss Allens by Victoria Purman – Book Review

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Book Review The Three Miss Allens is the first book I read by Victoria Purman. I must confess that when I opened the first pages it took me a small while to get into the story. I’m usually one of those bang-bang fast paced plot people and for a fraction of a second, wondered if it was going to appeal to me. I’m so glad I kept reading because not long after, I was hooked. The plot was certainly engaging and had me enthralled. I read the rest of the book in one sitting and was thankful that Victoria spent … Read More

Book Review – The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

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I’m a huge fan of Graeme Simsion and I absolutely adored reading The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. Needless to say, that when this book came across my desk I had to stop everything to read it. About the Book This is the blurb from the back of the book: A novel about love, music and coming to terms with the past, from the author of the international bestseller The Rosie Project. On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It’s … Read More

My Personal Slush Pile Heaven and Hell – Love, Hate or Date

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The Love, Hate or Date session at the recent RWA conference in Adelaide was where writers were asked to submit their first two pages anonymously in the expectation that it would be read out in public for a panel of top editors and agents to advise on when they’d say no before adding it to the slush pile. Funnily enough, Love, Hate and Date is exactly the path my emotions took when it was my turn. LOVE When I first heard that the RWA conference was holding a Love, Hate or Date session this year, initially, my reaction was – what a fabulous idea. … Read More

Work in Progress Update – My Rom-Com ‘You Know You’re a Writer When…’

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I think it’s about time I start sharing my works in progress. So … here we go (she says with a gulp). Currently, I’m finishing off a rom-com titled ‘You Know You’re a Writer When…’ I’m pitching this at the RWA conference, so fingers crossed it get’s through. I got the idea to write this novel from a very good friend who is a fountain of ideas. She showed me her spreadsheet once full of amazing concepts and we often joke about how she’ll never have time to write all of them so what if she sold them? Then … … Read More

Book Review – The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns

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The Art of Keeping Secrets is the second Rachael Johns has written in the newly coined ‘Life lit’ category. Her first in this genre, The Patterson Girls, won the ABIA Award for Best Book in 2016. The book centres around three women and their families. Each woman gets a chapter from her point of view and as the book progresses, you learn more about their secrets, hopes, and dreams. Felicity or Flick is a taxidermist and a mother whose husband has a habit of secretly dressing in woman’s clothes. Genevieve or Neve is a makeup artist and single mother raising … Read More

Book Review – Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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This book starts off with a bang. Well, actually, it’s almost like a gunshot going off and you see the bullet wound, but you don’t see the gun, hear the shot, or in fact even know it was a gunshot at all. You see the metaphoric blood seeping and are left wondering for three-quarters of the book, what on earth caused it? There was a barbecue, you see, and something terrible happened. But what? All we know is that it’s thrown the lives of three very different couples and their families into disarray. You’ve got Erika and Oliver, the seemingly stuffy accountants. The … Read More

Book Review – Happy People Read & Drink Coffee

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I started this book about five times, cried like I was in a Cold Play song and then gave up. But with a book cover and a title like that, who can resist? If you’ve ever suffered a great loss, the start of the book really gets to you. The main character Diane, suddenly loses the two major loves of her life. Her husband and daughter. A year later she moves to Ireland in an attempt to get away from her demanding family and the pressure to get over it. Of course she meets a grumpy but sexy Irish man who … Read More

Book Review – Stormfate

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Stormfate by Louisa Loder My rating: 5 of 5 stars Makes me want to read all the high fantasy books in my shelf over again and again I used to read high fantasy all the time, but somehow over the course of growing up, I stopped. After reading this novella, not only am I eager to see what happens next in the full sized novel, but now I want to get back into reading the whole genre again. The author has managed to include plot twists, multiple characters, amazing dialogue, different worlds and hinted at dark conflicts and battles (internally, … Read More