London Bound by C.J. Duggan

In brief: Kate was planning to go to London to take on the city. She didn't expect to be a virtual prisoner in her nana's house. But when next door neighbour Jack Baker nearly runs her down, things start to change for the better… The good: So much – Jack. London. Fashion. Even grumpy Nana... Continue Reading →

The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

In brief: Four women meet in a weight loss online forum and become good friends. Together, they learn that there's more than weight to happiness in unexpected, sometimes heart-wrenching ways. The good: Fun to read about the different women and their lives, plus I loved the online posts. The not-so-good: I really did not see... Continue Reading →

Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester

In brief: After Spanish influenza decimates Leonora's world, she decides to leave England behind for her dream of making cosmetics in New York. But not everyone shares Leo's opinion about the right to wear makeup, except Everett Forsyth…so why is he so opposed to his daughter appearing in a cosmetics advertising campaign? The good: Such... Continue Reading →

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

In brief: Yejide wants a child. So does her husband and his family. But she never expected Akin to agree to take a second wife, which starts to crack their own marriage. The good: So many layers, secrets and emotion. The not-so-good: This book creates a mighty book hangover. Why I chose it: On the... Continue Reading →

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

In brief: Felix was a director of acclaim until he was tossed aside. After years of hiding, then working to produce plays within a prison, he has his opportunity for revenge… The good: Thought provoking, witty and original. The not-so-good: I need more by Margaret Atwood – why was this the first book of hers... Continue Reading →

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

In brief: Jende and Neni left Cameroon for life in America. Things take an upward turn when Jende gets a job as chauffeur to a Wall Street banker but then the GFC hits… The good: A side of New York and its people I haven't really explored before. The not-so-good: The events leading up the... Continue Reading →

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