REVIEW: Emotional Female by Yumiko Kadota

In brief: The story of a female doctor, navigating the demands of training, working and studying to become a plastic surgeon. But it didn’t end well. The good: Yumiko words send the emotion from the page to the reader and I felt like I was right beside her. The not-so-good: Some scenarios I was too... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Codebreakers by Alli Sinclair

In brief: Ellie has been recruited to work for the secretive Central Bureau in World War II Brisbane. Her job is to decipher communications from the Japanese, but she can never, ever discuss it. The good: I knew very little about Central Bureau before this book. The not-so-good: I would have liked a little more... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: New Animal by Ella Baxter

In brief: Amelia is stuck. She loves her job at a mortuary, but she’s lost elsewhere. Then a family tragedy causes her to feel too much, instead of too little and she runs away. The good: Unique, raw and unflinching. The not-so-good: I devoured this in 24 hours. Why I chose it: That cover. Thanks... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Sister’s Gift by Barbara Hannay

In brief: Freya has lost everything. When her niece invites her to help run the family restaurant on Magnetic Island, Freya’s sister is suspicious that Freya will reveal the family’s biggest and most generous secret. The good: Magnetic Island sounds beautiful. The not-so-good: The ends tie up a little too neatly and quickly for me.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW:Trails in the Dust by Joy Dettman

In brief: The final book in the Woody Creek series follows Jenny, Georgie, Trudy and Cara as they battle their various demons. The good: Very detailed writing. The not-so-good: If you haven't read the other books in the series, it could be a bit confusing. Why I chose it: Haven't read Joy Dettman before –... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Lovesome by Sally Seltmann

In brief: Joni has a great life. Painting during the day and working in a restaurant at night. She's happy, until her whirlwind friend Annabelle comes home. Then everything changes… The good: It's honest and Joni is an eager character. The not-so-good: Joni is just too nice at times. Why I chose it: Sounded interesting... Continue Reading →

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