The Rules of Conception by Angela Lawrence

A quick rundown… Rachel is 35 and single. She wants a baby and she's prepared to do it alone. This is Rachel's quest for a child in between BioFathers, crazy bosses and a number of forces conspiring against her. Strengths: Unpredictable (the book didn't finish the way I thought it would), enlightening and entertaining. Weaknesses: What... Continue Reading →

The Storyteller’s Daughter by Maria Goodin

A quick rundown… Meg May returns home to look after her ailing mother, determined to find the truth about her father in between her mother's fanciful tales. Strengths: Mrs May certainly knows how to invent a story. Weaknesses: Mark, Meg's boyfriend, is truly odious. Why I read it: Received from Allen & Unwin and The... Continue Reading →

Mailbox Monday 22/4/13

Another busy week has gone by and thanks to extra work; I've fallen even further behind in study, housework – but never in reading! It looks like the weather is getting cooler here, which is lovely for reading! I did get a few lovely surprises in the mailbox this week, which were: My Notorious Life... Continue Reading →

Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners

A quick rundown… Once Grace meets Tyler Wilkie, her incredibly organised life turns upside down and inside out. Strengths: Ty is easy to fall in love with; the plot unfolds in ways you weren't expecting… Weaknesses: It finished! Why I read it: Sent to me by Allen and Unwin and The Reading Room – thank... Continue Reading →

Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield

A quick rundown… The story of Lucy before, after and during her internment at Manzanar camp for Japanese Americans in World War II. Strengths: An aspect of history I wasn't familiar with and some thought provoking questions are asked about what lengths someone will go to for their family. Weaknesses: I felt like I was jumping... Continue Reading →

Abdication by Juliet Nicolson

A quick rundown…The story surrounding the abdication of King Edward, seen through the eyes of a friend of Wallis Simpson and a young lady. Strengths: Liked seeing the effect of the abdication on the King's subjects; very detailed historically. Weaknesses: No one real main character – more of an ensemble cast Why I read it:... Continue Reading →

1Q84 (Books 1 & 2) by Haruki Murakami

A quick rundown… The story of two seemly unconnected people in Tokyo in 1984 and the mysterious things that are taking place. Strengths: Absolutely fantastic writing that captures the heart and imagination; the story will remain with you long after you've finished. Weaknesses: The ARC copy I had occasionally repeated extraneous details. Why I read... Continue Reading →

The Siren’s Sting by Miranda Darling

In a nutshell… Stevie Duveen works in protection – opera singers, the filthy rich etc. However, there's something strange going on in her latest adventure. Strengths: Feisty female action hero, combines action and intrigue with a little bit of fashion and exotic travel. Weaknesses: Took a little while to get the story going Why I... Continue Reading →

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