REVIEW: Now That I See You by Emma Batchelor

In brief: The story of the breakdown of a relationship through the eyes of one partner – the good, bad and ugly. The good: It’s incredibly emotional. The not-so-good: Sometimes the emotion is very raw. Why I chose it: Winner of this year’s The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. Thanks to Allen & Unwin for the copy.... Continue Reading →

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: 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 →

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